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Shtreiml: Fenci's Blues

Read "Fenci's Blues" reviewed by Elliott Simon

With Fenci's Blues, Shtreiml has chosen to partner with master Turkish oudist Ismail Fencioglu--and in the process the group has expanded its reach beyond klezmer to yield a strong and unique world music session. The first two Shtreiml releases were showcases for the harmonica wizardry of a Howard Levy pupil, Jason Rosenblatt. As a result, the band had struck a comfortable niche in the klezmer/Jewish music world with a sound based in large part on Rosenblatt's prodigious abilities to play ...

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Shtreiml: Spicy Paprikash

Read "Spicy Paprikash" reviewed by Elliott Simon

Shtreiml?s sophomore effort is a deliciously seasoned stew that combines blues/rock arrangements of klezmer standards with newly composed music that hearkens back to traditional styles. Partaking in this enjoyable mix, you quickly realize that the main ingredient in each serving is a healthy dose of fun. The addition of brass, cimbalom and some kishka circuit Hammond B3 to the standard Shtreiml lineup, fronted by Jason Rosenblatt?s hot Hebrew Hohner harpin?, does much to expand the band?s bluesy take on klezmer.