Naftule’s Dream, “Blood”
Klezmer. Jazz. Acid rock. Dixieland. Got the picture? Better question: got the sound? “Blood,” the new CD by the progressive Klezmer band Naftule’s Dream, is a delicious jambalaya of musical ingredients that sounds distinctly like, well, Naftule’s Dream. The group’s instrumentation might be the key to their sound: clarinet, cornet, guitar, drums, accordion and, crucially, tuba. Associations with John Zorn and Radical Jewish Culture have brought their music global recognition. Their new album should bring them music industry acclaim. “Blood” illustrates how treating traditional music with anything but frightened reverence creates new (and compulsively listenable) sounds for a new age.