If you enjoy the sound of the Cimbalom (its a melodic percussion instrument in the Dulcimer family that sounds kinda-like a wrecked piano!) you can't go past Kálmán Balogh, a Gypsy virtuoso on all forms of the cimbalom. Gypsy Jazz - his new album on Rounder, is a must-own - an incredible fusion of styles & sounds!
" ...this is a group that can shift, in the blink of an eye, from a loping jazz groove to a gypsy dance to a rolling Texas swing...at its core, Cafe Noir's music has a European flavor, comfortably blending the elegant swing of the Hot Club of France & the passionate energies of Hungarian gypsy music with the precision of classical technique..."
In the early 70's, Dan Hicks came out with some classic albums, that have stood the test-of-time!! Witty, fun, those-amazing-vocal harmonies, great guitar-playing from John Girton...and can buy the CD's from this site...
Incredible French group - their debut CD is a perfect album.
Potzi plays fantastic Gypsy style guitar, Belle has an amazing voice, and thats just the start!
Great song-writing, great musicianship, great spirit, great recording-quality; a totally original fusion of styles & sounds!
The greatest gypsy-swing group in history!!!Why??? Well, Titi Winterstein is, I believe, the greatest living jazz-violinist. I have certainly never heard a better gypsy-guitarist than Lulu Reinhardt, nor a better jazz-accordionist than Klaus Bruder... (to be continued....)