Cantor Bruce Benson has been dedicated to composing liturgy for the contemporary Jewish world for more than 40 years. Best known for his Jazz Service, written and recorded with jazz great Kenny G, and his Rock services he earned himself a place in Chosen Voices: The Story of the American Cantorate by Mark Slobin.
The Jazz Service was the largest selling Jazz album in the Jewish market for well over 10 years. The Rock Service (version 1), a collection of original compositions and new melodies set to traditional Jewish prayers, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2002. The 2nd version, re-released in 2008, featured a now legendary performance of Cantor Benson’s The Healing Prayer with Clarence Clemons of the E Street Band.
In his concerts and travels around the country, Benson strives to redefine the Jewish music landscape of our generation. Whether performing alone, or with his band, T'zur Yisrael, Benson creates new perspectives and a fresh look at Jewish prayer.
Music in this collection courtesy of Bruce Benson.