16/05/2007

The Cracow Klezmer Band - Bereshit (2003)

Another fine contribution from Jonatan from Poland, again concerning the superb Cracow Klezmer Band (now become The Bester Quartet - for more info check the preceding post), surely one of the most interesting groups in contemporary Jewish music. If their 2001 effort, The Warriors, was a really enjoyable album, this 2003 release, Bereshit, is if possible even better, showing the band fully at ease on a wider palette. Many thanx, pal!

«If some klezmer groups seem like they're trying to overtake you on the inside, exhaust pipe dragging the tarmac, The Cracow Klezmer Band are the Rolls Royce purring down the fast lane. There may only be four of them (violin, accordion, percussion, bass) but crucially they make a glorious sound. The CKB were founded in 1997 by young accordionist Jarosław Bester, who has taken Astor Piazzolla's liberating approach to writing tangos and applied it to his own Jewish compositions. On "Israel's Tears" a ghostly clarinet shudders below an accordion somehow made to imitate little bells, before the group slam headlong into a grinding yet exhilarating lament. Gnashing of teeth never sounded so good. Grażyna Auguścik adds beautiful wordless vocals to "The Migration of Souls", and the album climaxes with its boldest piece, the title track "Bereshit", meaning "In the Beginning". Recorded in Krakow synagogue, it's darkly passionate portrayal of the creation of the word.» (Clive Bell, The Wire, March 2004, from the band's own website)

Link in comments (as always, appreciated)

16 comments:

wassonii said...

Thank you. After warriors I needed more!

chris_c said...

thanks once again! another winner!

Anonymous said...

Could you PLEASE upload this album on some other U/L provider like rapidshare (yeah, yeah I know. But it's still the fastest) or megaupload


THX

Sotiris said...

hEY! That's BEAUTIFUL!!!!
Thanks a lot!!!

Frits said...

Found this blog through "Totally Fuzzy". Lucky me: Beautiful Klezmer music! Thanks. If you have more, I would appreciate that...

David said...

Estupendo

Anonymous said...

GREAT!

simone said...

Hello, Iknow this is an old post , but, do you think you could repost it? I like a lot Cracow Klezmer band and I couldn't find it anywhere else...thanks in advance

Krokodil Genov said...

Please repost!

Krokodil Genov said...

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Anonymous said...

Many thanks, grabbing it now.

Anonymous said...

thx !

Anonymous said...

thx

Anonymous said...

thx a lot !!

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