Klezmer Madness!

Klezmer Madness!

by David Krakauer
     
 
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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/23/1995
Label:
Tzadik
UPC:
0702397710127
catalogNumber:
7101
Rank:
127151

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Krakauer   Primary Artist,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
John Zorn   Executive Producer
David Light   Arranger
Michael Alpert   Arranger,Liner Notes
Greg Muirheas   Liner Notes
Tanaka Tomoyo   Design Consultant

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