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Ancestral Groove: Checkpoint

by David Krakauer's Ancestral Groove

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The band’s newest album digs deep into the the rock-jazz-klezmer-hip-hop fusion. Checkpoint was inspired by Krakauer’s journey to seek his Jewish roots in Eastern Europe, the one his ancestors in Poland and Russia left at the end of the 19th century. Ancestral Groove crosses the world of klezmer music, jazz, funk, contemporary and electronic music– all for the search for self identity.


released April 8, 2016

David Krakauer: clarinet
Sheryl Bailey: electric guitar
Jerome Harris: electric bass
Michael Sarin: drums
Jeremy Flower (a.k.a. Keepalive): sampler
Rob Curto: accordion (8)
John Medeski: organ (3)
Marc Ribot: electric guitar (5)

Executive Producer:
David Krakauer

Recorded, edited and mixed by:
Marc Urselli
Basic tracks recorded at Flux Studios, NYC
Mixing and editing at Eastside Sound, NYC

John Medeski's track recorded at Potterville International Sound, NY by Jamie Saft (track 3)

Synagogue Wail recorded at the Consecrated Church of the Sacred Heart- Fall River, MA by Jesse Lewis (track 7)

Live tracks recorded, mixed and mastered by:
James Dellatacoma/Creative Music and Audio (tracks 9, 10)
Recorded live at The Stone, NYC

Mastered by Dominick Maita at Airshow Mastering, Boulder, CO


Cover photo: GMD
Inside photo: Florent Gardin


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David Krakauer New York, New York

Widely considered one of the greatest clarinetists on the planet, Grammy and Juno nominated soloist, band leader and composer David Krakauer has been praised internationally as a key innovator in modern klezmer as well as a major voice in classical music. ... more


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