Sat May 12, 2018

David Krakauer Ancestral Groove (USA)

David Krakauer: clarinet
Keepalive: sampler
Sheryl Bailey: guitar
Jerome Harris: bass guitar
Michael Sarin: drums

„A brilliant blending of new and old, with Krakauer blowing klezmer-styled lines against Bailey’s crunchy distortion-laced guitar and Michael Sarin’s powerhouse drumming… They engage in unadulterated swing… Krakauer wails over top.“ (Downbeat)

For over two decades, world-renowned clarinetist David Krakauer has been reinventing and remixing the Jewish music of his ancestry with the sensibility of a contemporary musician strongly informed by funk, jazz and hip-hop.
Starting with his work with The Klezmatics and then his early recordings on John Zorn’s Radical Jewish Culture imprint, Krakauer has forged an incomparable musical path that’s included landmark collaborations with luminaries like funk legend Fred Wesley, the Kronos Quartet, beat-wizard Socalled, leading symphony orchestras, rappers, celebrated composers, and musicians of all kinds.
Krakauer’s band Ancestral Groove represents the next step in this unique musical evolution. Here’s Krakauer remixing Krakauer, hitting the road with his unmistakable sound, new arrangements of his signature repertoire and an electrifying 4-piece band.‎
„David Krakauer​ is to clarinetists what Jonas​ Kaufmann is to operatic tenors, Keith Jarrett to improvising pianists, Bela​ Fleck to banjo players and Zakir​ Hussain to tabla players. He is not just an utterly distinctive benchmark, he extends his instrument's potential in ways that mess with one's mind, while underpinning this with that fathomless emotional content.“ (John Shand, the Sydney Morning Herald)