Essential World Music Records #2: Kroke - Live at the Pit
Anyone who had the opportunity to see Kroke live will hardly forget them. They may not be Jewish, but the whole feeling that the eastern Diaspora introduced into klezmer music is very present. You just need a bass, violin and accordion to make this replica perfect and the concept reinvented. Kroke is Yiddish for Krakow. The birthplace of this trio was until 1939 one of the major European centers of Jewish culture.
"Live at the Pit" despite being a live album, reproduces only the sound stage, that in itself worthy of note. But a Kroke show is much more than that. It lives from a strong presence of the musicians who dress just like the orthodox Jews, together with a virtuosity and remarkable rapport. The feeling is Jewish, the energy seems to have been stolen from the Balkan gypsies, the strumming of instruments denotes a classical education and the rapport of a group that plays on average more than 250 times a year. Throughout the performance of "Live at the Pit" we are deceived by the unexpected. The ease with which they change rhythm in "The Night in The Garden of Eden" or the ordered disorientation of "Sher" in which musicians play at different times for fun, are examples of this.
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