Question & Answer With Psycho Toddler - Jewish Music CD Recommendations
Of the following artists, what CD would you recommend if you could only recommend one CD from each artist?:
Psycho Toddler answers:
Well, I'm going to assume your taste is similar to mine...
Aaron Razel: Live album. The best arranged and a good mix of styles. His other stuff is more uneven and an acquired taste. Whenever I hear one of the original tunes, I always prefer the live version. However, I do like all of his albums. They take a few listens to grow on you.
Avraham Rosenblum: Kedem. His older stuff is kinda BoroParky in that he sold out and got these arrangers who took all the guts out of his music. I much prefer the raw sound of the old Diaspora recordings.
Piamenta: Either the Live in NY album or Mitzvah, which is a reissue of a self-produced '84 album. Again, everything in between has been watered down for Boro Park crowds.
I don't know anything about the others.
Jewish music has undergone a renaissance as of late, where bands are actually getting away with being original and creative. I think this has to do with the internet--more people talking and reviewing albums, and more publicity for independents like me and Moshav Band etc. Before we could only get what they put in the book stores, which was heavily filtered by the Boro Park shiny shoe crowd (alot of payola type stuff).
Of course, you are always welcome to download the 3 or 4 albums worth of my stuff on mosheskier.com and feel free to support the web site by buying Rock of Sages.