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Boban I Marko Balkan Brass Fest Import

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In listening to the Boban Markovic Orchestra's musical tapestry of Balkan brass music, Gypsy fiddling, Middle Eastern-sounding melodies and washes of funk drumming, it's tempting to think of Boban I Marko as a self-conscious bid for world fusion. The truth, though, is that the seamlessness with which flugelhornist Boban Markovic knits these disparate influences together only proves that in skilled hands such as his these styles were never very far apart to begin with. Hailing from the Gypsy brass tradition of Southern Serbia, Markovic is such a legend that the annual Serbian Guca Festival (the Woodstock of Brass Music) asked him not to compete anymore--he had already won the competition for Best Trumpet too many times. On Boban I Marko, Markovic adds his 15-year-old son Marko to the enormously talented lineup of brass and drums that makes up his Orkestar, and the result is a thrilling disc that passes a torch while turning up the flame even higher. Markovic's ensemble is capable of stunning range--flowing easily from the enormous-sounding brass orchestrations of "Sat" and "Mundo Cocek" to the silky "Magija" that features Frank London's Klezmer Brass All-Stars to the otherworldly Balkan funk of "Od Srca." The crowning jewel though, is the title track, a beautiful showcase for Markovic and his young son where the pair trade lines over a bed of percussion and meticulously arranged brass lines. --Ezra Gale
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 10, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Piranha Germany
  • ASIN: B0000E6LS5
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #332,518 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is fun, optimistic music. But it is also beautifully played. It has an exotic feel for a Spaniard like me, although some phrasings and moods remind me a little of Spanish flamenco (not surprising, as we are talking of Mediterranean music played by gipsies -usually- in both cases).
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Boban's band is still the best I've heard of Gypsy/Balkan music or brass band music as I've investigated the last 5 years. This album goes way beyond "world music" or "ethnic music" for me. It holds up against my favorite classical, jazz, or other instrumental albums. The arrangements are inventive, the playing is inspired and transcendental, the melodies and rhythms are infectious. Best of all, each track is strikingly different. This album runs the gamut from mournful to exuberant to funky to even a bit strange. If you like this kind of music at all or its watered-down contemporaries (a la Beirut), you will love this album. If you think you might want to try one Boban album, this is the one to get. It's in my top 5 of all time. I hope I get to see him live before I die.
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These people practice endlessly, just listen to the doubling (two instuments playing the same notes) and the subtle back and forth. I demand good musicianship.This group takes it to the the next level. They may be the best orchestra (orkestar) playing today.
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