The list of Klez reviews

If you are new to klez and want recommendations, don't write me--wander through the reviews and see what sounds interesting. Join the jewish-music mailing list and ask the assembled participants what they like. (On the other hand, if there is a band that I haven't reviewed, and it sounds like my kind of band, do write. And if your local music store can't or won't stock the albums you're looking for, write the bands directly, or consider the online ordering sources.

The latest reviews
Ari's Top Ten or so
Klezmer (broadly defined)
Pre-klez revival (re-masters and re-issues)
New Jewish Music, whatever that is
Rap, hip hop, dance, trance
Klez-jazz, avant garde klez, and modern classical
Jewish, with lots of attitude
Yiddish vocals - folk and theatre
Sephardic, Ladino, Mizrakhi
Nigunim, Cantorial, prayers, sacred music
Israeli popular music
Especially for kids
Not klez, but you'll like it!
Compilation albums

Videos and DVDs


To increase the odds that you will find the album you are looking for, some albums are listed in more than one category. Categories tend to be interpreted by me, broadly.

The latest reviews
Here's what's new. Or new to me. Enjoy!

The Klez top ten (more or less) -- Ari's Choice—

Old and new stuff I'm listening to now. I have made no attempt to assign priority. If there aren't any links, I'm reviewing the album and it's noted here just to let you know it's out, and how it's fitting in so far.). Last list posted 14 Dec 2008, thinking Chanukah gift time.

  1. Nomadica/a>, 2015 (review 8-Sep-2016)
  2. Basya Schechter / Songs of Wonder 2011 (review 30-Jul-2013)
  3. Golem / Tanz 2014
  4. Ensemble Saltiel / Boda 2010 (review 30-Jul-2013)
  5. Isle of Klezbos / Live from Brooklyn 2014
  6. Michael Alpert & Julian Kytasty / Night Songs from a Neighboring Village, 2014
  7. Lerner & Moguilevsky / Alef Bet, 2010
  8. SoCalled / Ghetto Blaster, 2007
  9. Arkady Gendler / Yidishe Lider, 2012
  10. Shira U'Tfila / Sephardic Songs from the Balkans 2008
  11. Benjy Fox-Rosen / Two Worlds: The poetry of Mordechai Gebirtig, 2014
  12. Abraham Inc, 2009

Klezmer, or close-by

New Jewish Music—folk song to art song to avant garde

Rap, Hip Hop, Dance, Trance

Klez-jazz, avant garde, and modern classical

Jewish, with lots of attitude

Pre-klez revival: Remasters and re-issues

Yiddish vocals—folk, theatre, and art

Sephardic, Ladino, Mizrakhi

Nigunim and prayers

Israeli Popular Music

Especially for Kids

Not klez, but you'll like it!

  • Les Yeux Noirs / Live, 2003 (review 6 Feb '05)
  • Yiddish Princess 2010 (review 25-Jun-2010)
  • Compilations, film scores, and varied

    Videos and DVDs


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