Klezmer Madness!

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All Music Guide - Stacia Proefrock
David Krakauer's Klezmer Madness sits on the edge of the Klezmer tradition and is always jabbing at its boundaries. The music is always a little bit more unbridled, a bit more passionate, and a tad more discordant than your bubbe's klezmer records, which is not to say that it falls into the same camp as other punk, pop, or jazz-oriented groups that treat klezmer like a quaint novelty. Krakauer, with his virtuoso clarinet playing and incredibly tight and talented backing band, always shows respect for the heart of klezmer music -- these songs orbit around a pure core. The only tune which truly journeys out into left field is "Living With the H," which deconstructs and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stacia Proefrock
David Krakauer's Klezmer Madness sits on the edge of the Klezmer tradition and is always jabbing at its boundaries. The music is always a little bit more unbridled, a bit more passionate, and a tad more discordant than your bubbe's klezmer records, which is not to say that it falls into the same camp as other punk, pop, or jazz-oriented groups that treat klezmer like a quaint novelty. Krakauer, with his virtuoso clarinet playing and incredibly tight and talented backing band, always shows respect for the heart of klezmer music -- these songs orbit around a pure core. The only tune which truly journeys out into left field is "Living With the H," which deconstructs and reassembles the ubiquitous classic "Hava Nagila," a song which almost begs to be messed with. The effect is not unlike a jazz band who can tip their hats to tradition without having to hash out another tired version of "My Foolish Heart." Krakauer has accepted that klezmer has never been a static form of music and has no problem imbuing his own sense of creativity into Klezmer Madness within the constraints of this classic style.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/23/1995
  • Label: Tzadik
  • UPC: 702397710127
  • Catalog Number: 7101
  • Sales rank: 94,843

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Africa Bulgar (3:43)
  2. 2 Bogota Bulgar - Oscar Ortega (4:06)
  3. 3 A Few Bowls Terkish (4:37)
  4. 4 At the Rabbit's Table (5:14)
  5. 5 Doina/Death March Suite (10:32)
  6. 6 Funky Dave (5:53)
  7. 7 The Ballad of Chernobyl - Michael Alpert (5:19)
  8. 8 Gong Doina (2:19)
  9. 9 Living with the H Tune (6:03)
  10. 10 Rachab (1:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Krakauer Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Anthony Coleman Keyboards, Sampling, Track Performer
David Licht Percussion
Adam Rogers Guitar, Track Performer
David Light Drums, Track Performer
Michael Alpert Guitar, Violin, Accordion, Vocals, Track Performer
Guillermo (Willie) Penate Guiro
Juan Ortega Drums, Timbales, Track Performer
Oscar Ortega Conga, Track Performer
Technical Credits
Hugo Dwyer Producer, Engineer
David Krakauer Arranger, Producer
Allan Tucker Mastering
John Zorn Executive Producer
David Light Arranger
Michael Alpert Arranger, Liner Notes
Greg Muirheas Liner Notes
Tanaka Tomoyo Design Consultant
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