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Missing My Music

Missing My Music

So normally it’s a post that sparks the comments. This time, a comment to a different post inspired me to pull out my laptop and start typing. Talk to six different people and you’ll hear six different minhagim of how they deal with music during Sefira. Don’t listen at all. Listen but only in the [&hellip

Miami Experience Concert Review

Note: Pictures from COLLive. I’m finally home. After my GPS threw me “off the derech” so to speak. I was trying to get home from Brooklyn and it sends me through Manhattan of all places. I must have spent an hour in traffic in Manhattan. Why is there gridlocked traffic at 11:30PM!? Anyway, I doubt [&hellip

Best Of: Tzlil V’Zemer

Out of the major boys choirs that have popped up over the years in Jewish music, Tzlil V’zemer stands out with regards to two aspects: its arrangements, and its selection of soloists. The arrangements, as much as many of them cry out “Eighties!”, were really ahead of their time. No other choir experimented or had [&hellip

Best Of: Abie Rotenberg

Best Of: Abie Rotenberg

Abie Rotenberg. If he composed it, it’s probably going to be good. There aren’t too many composers who are that good that their name next to a song means quality. I would place him second only to Shlomo Carlebach (Yossi Green would be third) in the top Jewish composers list. His songs are hartzig, earnest [&hellip

JM Derech: Miami Yovo Review

JM Derech:  Miami Yovo Review

Hello again fellow readers. It’s an honor and a privilege to be given the chance to guest post here on the Jewish Music Report. You can check out my blog, Jewish Music Derech for more fun posts and reviews from yours truly! Let me start out this review by saying how impressed I am with [&hellip

Mazel Tov!!

Mazel Tov!!

If I told you that we here at Jewish Music Report were in some small way responsible for making a shidduch, would you believe me? Of course, you wouldn’t. This is just a Jewish music blog. We review CDs, talk about music. CDs we’ve loved. Artists we’ve met.  Shadchanim?   You must be kidding. Let [&hellip

ABD Debut Album – CD review by “the Sheichet”

ABD Debut Album – CD review by “the Sheichet”

ABD Debut Album – a CD review by Mendel “the Sheichet” Not much was known about this group before they came out, but I from what I had heard I was expecting a half-baked Dveykus imitation. Obviously I had heard wrong. While there are most certainly large doses of Dveykus influence in this group’s style, [&hellip

Interview: Oorah ’09 winner Yonatan Shlagbaum

The JMR’s Mendel the Sheichet spoke with Yonatan Shlagbaum, winner of the 2009 Oorah Auditions Contest. Mendel spoke with Yonatan about his background in music, his thoughts on winning the contest, his plans for the future and more. We felt that Shlagbaum’s Oorah track, as much as it showcased his voice, only shows one side [&hellip

JM Derech: Acheinu 3

JM Derech:  Acheinu 3

Let me start out with an apology, for I have lost my Acheinu 3 booklet, and it is nowhere to be found! I have looked far, I have looked near, but I could not find the lost booklet! So, because of this, I’m going to have to review this by ear! Oh, Shapiro Brothers! You [&hellip

JMR’s Mendel the Sheichet Interviews Yerachmiel Begun

The JMR’s very own Mendel the Sheichet spoke with Yerachmiel Begun to talk about his brand new Miami Boys Choir Album, “Yovo”, which hit stores recently. Feel free to download the interview by right clicking here. You can also click here to read a transcript that was printed in the Country Yossi Magazine. [Audio clip: [&hellip

When Is A Song More Than Just A Song?

When Is A Song More Than Just A Song?

If you’re reading this blog, you probably love music. You probably have it on all the time. In your house. In your car. It’s something we listen to, maybe even sing along with. It has the power to take us so many different places and can affect us in innumerable ways. But no one ever [&hellip

Best Of: Avraham Fried

Avraham Fried, generally speaking, is probably the most popular Jewish singer at this time. He has pulled in over 100,000 at concerts in Israel, and is well known even in secular Israeli society. His tremendous vocal talents are equaled by his personal humility, which, strangely enough, does not impact his tremendous stage presence. No one [&hellip

JM Derech: Project X 3

JM Derech:  Project X 3

Okay, arrangements by the Briskman’s, Vocals by Shloime Daskal and the Shira Chadasha Boys Choir, and music by the Neginah Orchestra. What more could you ask for, right? All we’re missing is someone asking if we would like fries with that. With this all-star cast, how can we go wrong? For me it went wrong [&hellip