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The world of MTV isn't klezmer clarinetist David Krakauer's milieu, but if it were, a video for "Table Pounding," the opening track of Live in Krakow, might include a scene of four black-clad, bearded, traditional-looking Jewish gents cruising the streets of Krakow in a low-riding car. This car is is equipped with a muscular sound system that transmits the songs sampled beat, shaking the traffic lights as they roll along, giving the store front windows a seismic shiver as well.
Live in Krakow features a pared-down version of Krakauer's Klezmer Madness! band, with electric guitar, accordion, bass and the leader's joyously inventive clarinet, joined by young beat master Socalled on samples and beatbox. Klezmer and samples, and odd mix of the traditional with the modernistic. Brilliantly done here.
Socalled's contribution to the disc can't be understated. It anchors the sound, gives Krakauer's klezmer—a music can swirl into frenzies—a gravitational tethering with the heavier electronic sound. The resulting mix of old (accordion, clarinet and bass) with the new (Socalled's bottom end and guitarist Sherly Bailey's wah-wah guitar texturing) is a facinating brew, filled with the freshness and vibrancy of a spirited, well recorded live set.
"Klezmer a la Bechet" tilts a Klezmerish nod of respect to New Orleans soprano saxophone pioneer Sidney Bechet, with Krakauer's wailing clarinet aided by Sheryl Bailey's electric guitar tang in front of a rhythmic drive that would make James Brown proud, while Will Holshouer's accordion shimmers around the edges like a silver ghost. Just one example of the life-affirming songs played of a night in the Indigo Club last June in Krakow, Poland—traditional Jewish music embracing a new century just fifty miles from the infamous Auschwitz.
Track Listing: Turntable Pounding, Gypsy Bulgar, Dusky Bulgar, Offering Nign, Klezmer a la Bechet "Remix", Naftules's Nassach, Love Song for Lemberg/Lvov, Alt (Dot) Klezmer, Waiting for Julian, Sirba, Bonus track: Sheryl Pounds the Table
Personnel: David Krakauer--clarinet, bass clarinet; Socalled--samples, beatbox; Will Holshouser--accordion; Nicki Parrott--bass; Sheryl Bailey--guitar; Michael Sarin-drums
As a songwriter and vocalist, I love jazz for the experience of being in the center of intense creativity. It is the most potent form of music for keeping the artist and the audience in the 'now. Being in the moment is essential for humans, and we need help in learning how to do that. As a songwriter, I need the depth of musicality that jazz voicings can give my stories. My songs seem light and whimsical, but the message is not.
I met my main collaborator, Mark Fitzgibbon, at one of his gigs. I needed to do my first original album, and his playing was masterful, robust, and beautiful. At the time, I didn't realize how suited we were as a team. We're onto our 4rth album together.
My advice to new listeners is to listen to a really clear and simple version of a song so you can then hear what the musicians are doing and enjoy their creativity and musicality. Also, you have to see jazz live to appreciate it fully. You'll never feel it the same way listening to a CD or online. You need the vibration to go through your body to really get it!
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