Reviews that mention David Krakauer

August 21, 2016

Krakauer’s Ancestral Groove

Checkpoint
Table Pounding Records TPR -003

Dobrek Bistro

Featuring David Krakauer

Dobrecords 006

Forty-odd years after enthusiasm for pre-Holocaust Eastern European Jewish music led to the so-called Klezmer Revival, its characteristics have seeped into other genres, while the traditional sound itself has mutated. Like folk songs, country Blues and reggae, Klezmer tropes have insinuated themselves into many non-Klez, non-Jewish musical projects. At the same time, like speculative researchers unsatisfied with the status quo in any field, some of the more sophisticated Klezmer practitioners have moved beyond emulation and re-creation to bring alien sonic strains onto the body of Klezmer works. MORE

August 21, 2016

Dobrek Bistro

Featuring David Krakauer
Dobrecords 006

Krakauer’s Ancestral Groove

Checkpoint

Table Pounding Records TPR -003

Forty-odd years after enthusiasm for pre-Holocaust Eastern European Jewish music led to the so-called Klezmer Revival, its characteristics have seeped into other genres, while the traditional sound itself has mutated. Like folk songs, country Blues and reggae, Klezmer tropes have insinuated themselves into many non-Klez, non-Jewish musical projects. At the same time, like speculative researchers unsatisfied with the status quo in any field, some of the more sophisticated Klezmer practitioners have moved beyond emulation and re-creation to bring alien sonic strains onto the body of Klezmer works. MORE

April 2, 2014

David Krakauer

The Big Picture
Table Pounding TDR 002

Anti-Semitism or approval is behind the oft-repeated canard that “Jews run Hollywood“, but certainly no one can deny the influence producers, directors, writers and composers of Jewish background have had on the history of cinema. Clarinetist David Krakauer pays tribute to Hollywood’s Semitic tinge on The Big Picture performing a dozen song from films whose actors, director, composer or themes reflect Jewish topics. Considering that the movies range from Sophie’s Choice to The Producers it’s fortunate that Krakauer’s equally varied musical affiliations have encompassed John Zorn, the Klezmatics, Itzhak Perlman and symphony orchestras. MORE

April 9, 2004

DAVID KRAKAUER

Live In Krakow
Label Bleu LBLC 6667

Giving traditional music a facelift is a much more delicate task than ever attempted on ExtremeMakeover. Unlike the surgeons who cater to the desperate folks on that exploitative TV show, committed musicians want to preserve the basic contours of the sound while adding inventive flourishes.

That’s why clarinetist David Krakauer’s new CD is so impressive. Although original sounds such as Western Swing style accordion lines, beat-box samples and funky bass guitar licks are added to the mix, he doesn’t sever Klezmer from its history as Ashkanazi music of celebration and commentary. MORE

December 9, 2002

WILL HOLSHOUSER TRIO

Reed Song
Clean Feed CF005CD

Most people’s idea of accordion music is summed up by a Farside cartoon featuring St. Peter facing a row of newly deceased supplicants. “Welcome to Heaven”, he says to some. “Here’s your harp.” “Off to hell,” he says to others. “Here’s your accordion.” While sophisticated music followers may know that over the years accordions have been taught to swing by the likes of jazzman Art van Damme and Zydeco legend Clifton Chenier, aural nightmares of Lawrence Welk-style purgatory still haunt most of us. MORE