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Krakauer's Ancestral Groove: Checkpoint

Read "Checkpoint" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Clarinet master David Krakauer was born in raised in New York City. As he spread his considerable chops throughout NYC's classical, electronica and jazz scenes, he became known as a Klezmer specialist but just as often appeared as a soloist or member of various symphony orchestras, string quartets and chamber ensembles alongside a head-shaking variety of artists--Tzhak Perlman, Fred Wesley, John Zorn, the Kronos Quartet, Natalie Merchant, the Klezmatics, and many others. “It's been just over 25 years ...

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Krakauer's Ancestral Groove: Checkpoint

Read "Checkpoint" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Here, clarinetist David Krakauer derives influences from life's experiences and encounters, in alignment with his East European roots. And his Ancestral Groove outfit is once again up for the occasion. He's also revered for his important role in the New York City downtown scene amid stints and recordings for saxophonist, composer John Zorn's Tzadik records label. Krakauer's line of attack is often steeped in articulate formations of Klezmer, jazz and experimental processes. Indeed, he's a gifted technician and distinct stylist. ...

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Krakauer's Ancestral Groove: Checkpoint

Read "Checkpoint" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Clarinetist David Krakauer has been exploring his Eastern European Jewish background through music for the past quarter century. He's managed to touch on his roots in varied ways during that time, tapping into Jewish history with some help from the Kronos Quartet on The Dreams And Prayers Of Isaac The Blind (Nonesuch, 1997), finding common ground for the work of the great Sidney Bechet and klezmer clarinetist Naftule Brandwein on Klezmer, NY (Tzadik, 1998), interpreting the music of John Zorn's ...

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David Krakauer: The Big Picture Featuring David Krakauer

Read "The Big Picture Featuring David Krakauer" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

It should come as no surprise that jazz musicians often spin some newfangled slants on compositions culled from Broadway theatrics and film. Other than renowned clarinetist David Krakauer's solo excursions for various record labels, his longtime affiliation with composer, saxophonist John Zorn, for a host of jazz- klezmer, and outside-the-box undertakings, bring quite a bit to the proverbial table. With dashes of New York City downtown-like risk- taking episodes, Jewish folk, jazz, rock and Americana, amid Krakauer's animated, vibrato-laden notes ...

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Jazz Quanta: February

Read "Jazz Quanta: February" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

February's Jazz Quanta is a beautifully mixed bag of blues, jazz instrumental and classical. There is never a dull moment. Renee' and the Walkaways--The Walkaway Sessions (Self Produced, 2013). Vocalist Renee' Cheek heads up the piquant gumbo talent of her very own band, the Walkaways. The Walkaway Sessions is a Louisiana grassroots affair produced by David Hyde, who also provides bass playing. The music is a rich roux drawing equally from the blues, country, zydeco, Tex-Mex and ...

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David Krakauer: Bubbemeises: Lies My Gramma Told Me

Read "Bubbemeises: Lies My Gramma Told Me" reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

Composer/klezmer and classical clarinetist David Krakauer has accrued a nice string of releases over the last five years, working with the under-distributed French Label Bleu imprint. 2001's A Hot One went toward the jazzy end of klez and The Twelve Tribes, from the following year, punched it up with a bit of a rock edge. But the surprise came in 2004, when he augmented his long-standing Klezmer Madness! band to include jazz guitar, accordion and sampler. The impact of the ...

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David Krakauer & Socalled with Klezmer Madness!: Bubbemeises: Lies My Gramma Told Me

Read "Bubbemeises: Lies My Gramma Told Me" reviewed by Matt Cibula

This snappy little set combines some funky klezmer jazz with an intelligent electronic/hip-hop perspective. Does that sentence get your blood racing? It should, because there are a hell of a lot of amazing things being done in klezmer music these days, from traditional stuff to the avant-est of the avant-garde. Here, clarinetist David Krakauer and his amazing Klezmer Madness! band go nuts in a collaboration with Jewish rapper/producer Socalled to yield one of the nicest, tightest, weirdest things of the ...

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David Krakauer/Various: Music from the Winery

Read "Music from the Winery" reviewed by Elliott Simon

During a time when Jewish music became an integral part of the downtown NYC and world music scenes, clarinetist David Krakauer's Sunday klezmer brunch at Lower East Side's Tonic enabled multiple generations to rediscover their musical roots in the neighborhood where their forefathers discovered America. This offering chronicles those live performances, and whether it was a traditional “Chusidl" spiced up by the youthful Klezminors, Charm City Klezmer's fresh take on Yiddish theatre, or Metropolitan Klezmer's classic “doina" build into an ...

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David Krakauer: Krakauer Live In Krakow

Read "Krakauer Live In Krakow" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Listening to this live klezmer recording reminds me of my mother sending me off to elementary school wearing green on Saint Patrick’s Day. She would say, “On Saint Patrick’s Day everyone is Irish.” I remember asking, “even Frank Sinatra?”

“Yes,” she would reply, “Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and even Annette Funicello.”

You see, David Krakauer reminds us that klezmer music is jazz or at least that jazz was born from that New Orleans cauldron of ...

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David Krakauer: Live in Krakow

Read "Live in Krakow" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

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.

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David Krakauer's Klezmer Madness!: The Twelve Tribes

Read "The Twelve Tribes" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

David Krakauer seeks to expand the boundaries of klezmer music by going into the past and navigating his way through a current stream. To do this successfully, particularly where traditional music comes in, the structure should be pliable enough to be fleshed out with getting into a sag. The ones Krakauer has chosen lend themselves to his ministrations and that of his band with an ease that gives them enough relevance in the constant reshaping of what gets tucked under ...

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David Krakauer's Klezmer Madness: The Twelve Tribes

Read "The Twelve Tribes" reviewed by Elliott Simon

The packaging of the new Klezmer Madness CD, The Twelve Tribes, combines the ancient symbols for each of the twelve tribes of Israel with a World Trade Center intact view of downtown New York City. The CD itself is also a juxtaposition of Jewish themes, klezmer influence and NYC downtown jazz with rock, blues, Latin and even techno. The result is an album that is a delight to listen to while at times challenging the listener to redefine their views ...