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David Krakauer

Only a select few artists have the ability to convey their message to the back row, to galvanize an audience with a visceral power that connects on a universal level. David Krakauer is such an artist. Widely considered one of the greatest clarinetists on the planet, he has been praised internationally as a key innovator in modern klezmer as well as a major voice in classical music. Known simply as “Krakauer” to his fervent following, he is nothing less than an American original who has embarked on a tremendous journey transforming the music of his Eastern European Jewish heritage into something uniquely contemporary

Checkpoint

Label: Table Pounding Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: Kickin' It For You; Krakowsky Boulevard; Tribe Number Thirteen; Checkpoint Lounge; Elijah Walks In; Moldavian Voyage; Synagogue Wail; Border Town Pinball Machine; Tandal; Tribe Number Thirteen.

The Big Picture

Label: Label Bleu
Released: 2016
Track listing: Willkommen; La vita è bella; Si tu vois ma mère; Body and Soul; The March – From the Love for Three Oranges; Moving to the Ghetto; The Family; Honeycomb; Love Theme; Keep It Gay; People; Tradition.

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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 ...

Artistry in Rhythm: Afro-Cuban Epiphany to Haitian Voodoo

Read "Artistry in Rhythm: Afro-Cuban Epiphany to Haitian Voodoo" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Brian Andres & the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel This Could Be That Self-Produced 2016 This Could Be That celebrates the first decade of Brian Andres & his Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel, which came together in 2007 in and around the jny: San Francisco Bay Area's Latin jazz hothouse. Music ...

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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. ...

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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 ...

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David Krakauer: The Big Picture

Read "The Big Picture" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Il tema di questo album, come il titolo fa intendere, è la musica da film. Il materiale, ovviamente rimodulato in stile-Krakauer, proviene, in ordine di apparizione, da Cabaret di Bob Fosse (musica di John Kander), ovviamente La vita è bella di Benigni (e Piovani), Midnight in Paris, Radio Days e Amore e guerra di Woody Allen ...

The Big Picture Featuring David Krakauer

Label: Table Pounding Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: Willkommen; La Vita E Bella; Si tu Vois Ma Mere (If You See My Mother); Body and Soul; Moving To The Ghetto; The Family; Honeycomb; Love Theme; Keep It Gay; People; Tradition.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Kurt Gottschalk's Top 12 for 2014

Read "Kurt Gottschalk's Top 12 for 2014" reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

A dozen of my top picks and in no particular order. <br /><br />Dave Burrell & Steve Swell Turning Point No Business Neneh Cherry & FourTet Blank Project Smalltown Supersound Gato Libre Dudu Libra JazzWerkstatt Wien ...


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