Tonight marks the Jewish high holiday of Rosh Hashanah
, and we celebrate by playing music of traditional Yiddish, Sephardic and Oriental sources, arranged by guitarist Tim Sparks
. A major inspiration for Sparks' album, Tanz
, was the legendary Klezmer clarinetist Naftule Brandwein
, whose authentic playing style and quirky personality made him a star recording artist in the 1920's and 30's, proclaiming himself the King of Jewish Music
. Sparks takes original themes of Brandwein and others, and makes them his own. Also, music of Erik Friedlander
and Ernst Bloch
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