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Audio: Can Non-Jews Play Klezmer? Tim Sparks does on his new CD

Tim Sparks gives Naftule Brandwein's klezmer a smooth jazz guitar twist on new CD.
6/23/2009, 11:36 PM

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Can a Gentile play Jewish music? Which is more Jewish? Barbra Steisand's Christmas album or Tim Sparks' klezmer album? Find out in this in depth interview with non-Jewish jazz guitar virtuoso Tim Sparks on his new CD 'Little Princess', which gives Naftule Brandwein, the 1920s king of the klezmer clarinet, a smooth instrumental jazz treatment.

Plus hot new Israeli songs including hip hop from SHI 360, Hebrew dancehall reggae from Hatikva 6, upbeat Latin tinged soul from Kobi Aflalo, groovy pop from Dor Daniel and thumping trance from Psytekk.  

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Ben Bresky is a music journalist and recording engineer living in Jerusalem. He hosts The Israel Beat Jewish Music Podcast interviewing a wide range of Jewish and Israeli musicians from Carlebach to klezmer, from hasidic to trance. For full archives visit
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