Album: Klezmer Juice, Yiddish Lidele, (ARC)

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According to the Jewish Argentinian clarinettist Gustavo Bulgach, who leads Klezmer Juice, klezmer is like a soapy pig which no one can catch; wherever it feeds, it takes on the local colour.

Klezmer Juice are based in Los Angeles, and everything from raga to jazz goes into their mix, but it's still classic klezmer through and through. The traditional Yiddish songs are delivered with an upfront gutsiness, but the instrumental textures are unusually refined.

Pick of the album: The traditional song 'Happy Nigun', and sail away

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