Rafi Malkiel

H2Blow

in producing Jewish music, trombonist Rafi Malkiel found inspiration in water.

Special to the Jewish Week
09/08/2010

When John Zorn invited the Israeli trombonist and composer Rafi Malkiel to record an album exploring his Jewish roots for Zorn’s Tzadik label, Malkiel was delighted. He was also stumped. “I don’t know how to do Jewish music,” Malkiel told me; which is ironic, because he seems to know how to do everything else, from straight-ahead jazz to Middle Eastern music and salsa.

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