Wolf Krakowski's album Transmigrations - Gilgul, first released in 1996 on Kame'a Media and re-issued on John Zorn's Tzadik label in 2001, is something of a revelation if you haven't heard this outstanding singer before. It is like meeting, quite by chance and completely unexpectedly, a close old friend that you lost contact with more than half a lifetime ago, and discovering that you still relate after all those years
Wolf Krakowski was born August 26, 1947 in Saalfelden Farmach Displaced Persons Camp, Austria and raised in Eskilstuna, Sweden and Toronto, Canada. His father, Leon, (born Piotrkov, Poland) was a tailor in Lodz who became a plutovny (platoon leader) in Wanda Wasilewska's Polish-Russian Army under Gen. Rokossovski. His mother Esther, (born Sulmierszyce, Poland) comes from a family of textile merchants who had settled in Czenstochov. The family patriarch, Wolf Russak was a Zhuryker khusid.
Album · 1997 · 10 Songs. Transmigrations: Gilgul.
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Wolf Krakowski Transmigrations Kame'a Media, 1996. Box 66, Northampton, MA 01060 Fax: 413-584-4672 E-mail: mediaa. If you think that the only way to handle Yiddish song is to sing it around the fireside, or to hear some earnest folksinger emote from the stage, Krakowski has news for you. He has set several nostalgic and familiar songs to modern folk-rock and reggae arrangments. Combined with his gravelly, (dare I say it) Dylan-esque voice, the results are quite pleasing. I am overstating Krakowski's intentions to make my own points. There is no intent on this album of representing all of anything. This is one person's vision and one person's music. It is his right as the strong, silent type portrayed on the album cover to represent the music he has lived as he feels most comfortable, and I believe that he has succeeded on those terms.
|Tsen Brider (Ten Brothers)||5:38|
|Regndl (Little Rain)||5:10|
|Alts Geyt Avek Mitn Roykh (Everything Goes Up In Smoke)||5:20|
|Yeder Ruft Mikh Zhamele (Everyone Calls Me Zhamele)||4:57|
|Her Nor, Du Sheyn Meydele (Listen Pretty Girl)||4:48|
|Yidishe Maykholim (Jewish Food)||3:05|
|Blayb Gezunt Mir, Kroke (Farewell, My Krakow)||3:29|
|Ven Du Lakhst (When You Laugh)||6:51|
|Zol Shoyn Kumen Di Geule (Let The Redemption Come)||6:12|
|KAM7001||Wolf Krakowski||Transmigrations (CD, Album)||Kamea||KAM7001||US||1996|
|TZ 7150||Wolf Krakowski||Transmigrations : Gilgul (CD, Album, RE)||Tzadik||TZ 7150||US||2001|