The Rough Guide to Klezmer Revolution
Released in August
Friling (Springtime) by Wolf Krakowski
Listen to Friling on Youtube.
Rec: March 17, 2008 Westhampton, MA
With the Lonesome Brothers, Dan Lombardo, Fraidy Katz, Pamela Smith, Laila Salins & Josh Horowitz
Wolf Krakowski knows better than almost anyone that, for Jews,
who piss a lot of people off by continuing to live at all, the
best revenge is living extraordinarily well. Taking the need to
revisit "Friling" in a new recorded performance in stride, Wolf
and his kapelye have brought Yiddish worldbeat, the idiom
he invented and continues to own, to the next celestial level, a
truly seamless fusion of well, damn near everything a smart
rootless cosmopolitan could want to hear on a good night. It's
just enough slower to loosen the groove to a place where lesser
lights would plotz, evoking the spirit of Highway
61, Big Pink,Sly, Aretha and Otis of blessed memory. At
the top of his game, Wolf has the chutzpah to invite an
accordion into his personal sonic landscape, a squeeze of genius
that's not only semitic, but multivalently semantic: I hear Brel,
Piazzola, and stomach Steinway sheets of sound that summon a
bisl Coltrane into the last choruses. L'chaim!
--Alex Lubet, Ph.D
University of Minnesota
" Klezmer-goes-country with with the
legendary Wolf Krakowski's sandpapery voice on "Friling"
(Springtime) . . .
"Wolf Krakowski possesses one of the most unique voices in
Yiddish music, something between Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits.
His personal story is compelling ...Read
From the Liner Notes