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Checkpoint

David Krakauer is considered to be one of the most singular clarinet virtuosos on the planet. But beyond that he brings a point of view to the table that is uniquely his own. Continuing on a path of constant self discovery, Krakauer introduces the music of his latest CD Checkpoint (Table Pounding Records).

Krakauer, a category-defying instrumentalist, uses his cultural heritage as a powerful inspiration for his music, informing and enabling his stylistically compelling projects. His is a singular vision, encompassing the diverse worlds of classical, klezmer, avant jazz, funk and electronica.

For the past 25 years Krakauer has been on a musical journey tracing his Eastern European roots. This voyage has found him revisiting his ancestral homeland, from where his Russian/Polish grandparents and great-grandparents immigrated at the end of the 19th century. Traveling east through Berlin before the Wall came down, the checkpoint experiences became momentous creative touchstones for Krakauer.

Like a travel guide on a literal and metaphorical search, on Checkpoint” he bears witness to the deep, joyous, human encounters he experienced. With his long-time band members of Ancestral Groove, he reveals the next step in his musical evolution sharing with us all stories about the human condition.

Ancestral Groove, with Sheryl Bailey on electric guitar, Jerome Harris on electric bass, Michael Sarin on drums/percussion, and Keepalive on electronics, creates a bridge between Krakauer’s singular take on jazz and world music, and guides us to another musical adventure. His three special guests on the CD Rob Curto, John Medeski and Marc Ribot add their own signatures to the mix.

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Miles Away and Still On The Run (Paris Shortcuts 2008-2012)

We’re very happy to share with you this EP Paris Shortcuts, introducing our music to the American scene.

It’s 5 tracks from my previous albums selected by Steve Lunt, remastered (and reproduced for one of them) as well as a brand new single called “For Miles & Miles (Black Elk’s Vision)!” It’s produced by Steve Lunt and Jerome Degey, with musical performances by our Paris based Victory Riders: Philippe Aglae (vocals), Latabi Diouani (drums), and Ze Luis Nascimento (percussion); and also here in the US, Victory Riders Wayne Perry (trombone), Tom Mitchell (baritone & tenor sax), Noble Lockhart-Mays (backing vocals) and of course Jerome Degey (guitars, bass and arrangements).

Black Elk was a Lakota Sioux shaman, witnessing the defeat and death of his people, had a prediction that “in seven generations to come, the fallen ones will be reborn in the children. That time has come and you are the one.”

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Not Just A Gun But Dancing by Sylvie Simmons

“Not Just a Gun But Dancing,” is a must read, a tale of late-night visitation and sleeplessness by Sylvie Simmons, the award-winning writer and author of best-selling Leonard Cohen biography, “I’m Your Man.” In “Not Just a Gun,” all of the men who have ever shared the narrator’s bed, or her life, come to her ghost-like and she sees them clearly, “all who wanted to be brave and tried but couldn’t.”

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A Camp Story by Jesse Harris

By recording artist, producer, and songwriter Jesse Harris, “A Camp Story” is about the confusing adolescent love lessons of some young campers. Harris is the real deal, not only an amazing songwriter (he won a Grammy for his song “Don’t Know Why,” recorded by Norah Jones) but an excellent writer of short fiction too.

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Cold Weather (Part Two) by Lori Carson

In the second installment of “Cold Weather” by former Golden Palomino and novelist Lori Carson, Owen Ash, musician turned marijuana dealer, gets out of the hospital and soon finds himself living with the enigmatic Dahlia — until she disappears. Part mystery and part dog-loving, musician’s rumination, in “Cold Weather, Part Two,” things get complicated.

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Jacob by Gee Henry

“Jacob,” by writer and songwriter Gee Henry, is a story about a man who wakes up with a dark feeling that he can’t shake or name: “Something was missing and had always been missing.”

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The Piano by Matt Keating

Songwriter, producer, and recording artist, Matt Keating has written “The Piano,” a creative non-fiction piece about a very special discarded piano that seems destined to belong to him, despite his misgivings. It all begins with a voice in his head that tells him to “turn left.”

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Seventies Gold by Elizabeth Trundle

“Seventies Gold,” by writer and Moth StorySLAM winner, Elizabeth Trundle (who recorded for Caroline Records as Boo Trundle) is a work of fiction about the trials and tribulations of a girl named Katchie. Wry, nostalgic, and poignant.

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