A Jewish Odyssey

A Jewish Odyssey

CD

Overview

Don't be fooled by the goofball caricatures on this album's cover -- oy, your bubbe should only have known from such a good compilation! Putumayo's Jewish Odyssey gathers tracks both sacred and secular from a broad swath of performers of Jewish music. Indeed, from the cradle of Jewry in the Middle East to the exodus destinations of New York, Havana, and São Paulo, these cuts offer a splendid peek at the musical vivacity of the world's sundry Semitic communities. Britain's premier roots group the Burning Bush play the brisk, clarinet-and-strings klezmer piece "Rad Halaila." Zohar fuse Moroccan melodies with funky jazz stylings on "Shabbat Medley." Israel's late, great Ofra Haza warbles a delightful piece of roots pop with "Rachamim," while Brazil's Fortuna offers a haunting Iberian take on that timeless anthem of peace "Shalom Aleichem." But perhaps the tastiest of all is the sumptuous Sephardic fanfare of "Las Estreyas," by Chilean-Cuban diva Consuelo Luz. The astutely written liner notes are especially useful to newcomers to the music -- or those who neglected to pay attention during Hebrew school.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/26/2000
Label: Putumayo World Music
UPC: 0790248018225
catalogNumber: 182

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ofra Haza   Track Performer
Finjan   Track Performer
Burning Bush   Track Performer
Zohar   Track Performer
Fortuna   Track Performer
Consuelo Luz   Track Performer
Klezmer   Track Performer
Chava Alberstein & The Klezmatics   Track Performer
Uzca   Track Performer
Klezroym   Track Performer
Janet   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Jeff Warschauer   Arranger
Dan Storper   Executive Producer
Nicola Heindl   Illustrations
Chava Alberstein   Arranger,Composer
Moshe Wilensky   Composer
Finjan   Composer

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