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on 16 February 2002
From the moment I heard a sample of Tim Spark's "Tanz" (which means "dance" in Yiddish) I simply had to possess the CD. An amazing combination of delicate and beautiful arrangements of traditional Jewish music from the beginning of the 20th century originating in Europe, Yemen, and Morrocco. Sparks goes beyond the vituosity of his acoustic guitar playing and adds a magical element of arranging the pieces together with acoustic bass and percusion. Sparks spent the better part of two years doing meticulous research into the origins and history of each of these pieces. Each piece is magical on its own, and together they make up a haunting album of traditional Jewish songs and folk dances that are every bit as rhythmical and exciting as Flamenco dances, only having a more Middle-Eastern flavoring. After purchasing this album, I went looking for his first Jewish music project, a solo guitar album also on Tzadik records named "Neshama" (the Hebrew word for the soul) which is also a beautiful album, but not quite as magical as this trio setting. I highly recommend this CD to lovers of fine guitar music as well as folk themes and just plain enjoyable soothing music.
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