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Album Review

There's no denying that Slavic Soul Party! are inspired by the giants of Balkan brass, and on their fifth outing, they continue to grow in stature. What they create isn't some slavish imitation of their heroes, but work that uses the idea and feel of the Balkans, mixed with their own histories and experiences. But that doesn't mean they can't do Balkan music very well indeed, as on the Macedonian "Sviraj Srecko" or the title cut, which use it as a base for some mix'n'match styles, all the while keeping to some death-defying playing and rhythms that threaten to career out of control but never do. "Real Simple," of course, is anything but, a showcase of extraordinary chops, while "Sarba" takes a little detour into Moldova. The Balkan bands aren't afraid to look outside their borders and pick up on other ideas, and this group does it too, which some electrifying results, The gospel tune "Canaan Land" starts out straightforwardly enough, then morphs onto something that would fit in down in New Orleans, with the freedom to do some real blowing that's not always there on the other tracks, while "Sancti Peri," which began life as a flamenco piece, is taken south of the border. While, quite understandably, brass predominates, a couple of pieces let accordion up for air, bringing a little variety, and the slower, elegiac closer, "Hymn" sounds as if the entire ensemble is finally catching its breath. A magnificent, daring ride that broadens the group's horizons, and consolidates their previous glory.

Customer Reviews

Amazing Band

Hard to really capture how good they are live on record...but this one comes close.

Pick this up now!

And be sure to catch them live...you won't be sorry.

Fabulous!

As the band's name suggests, Slavic Soul Party! is all about mixing things Eastern European, soulful, and danceable. This album hits the mark. It covers all their influences in their unique, energetic, funky style. New Orleans, Serbia, Brooklyn - it's all in there, and it all rocks! I love this album!

Just Utterly Disappointing Music...

I'm sorry...I'm Slavic and I once lived in central Europe for eight years. So, I'm somewhat familiar with Bohemian/Slavic party music. This album is neither soulful nor party music. It's tinny, shallow, frantic at times, and makes me feel like I'm in some sort of Benny Hill comedy sketch and NOT at a social gathering where I might dance. If someone can tell me which song on this album might touch my soul enough to get me out on the dance floor (partying) then I'll happily apologize to my fellow Slavs.

Has this band ever heard of a bass drum?

Biography

Genre: World

Years Active: '00s

The amusing name Slavic Soul Party! conjures up thoughts of East European musicians playing covers of James Brown, Sam & Dave, and Wilson Pickett songs — and that isn't such an outlandish idea because classic '60s and '70s soul does, in fact, have a lot of fans in that part of the world. But Slavic Soul Party! is actually a group of New York-based jazz musicians who, in the early 2000s, put their own spin on the instrumental folk music of Macedonia and the Balkans. Although Balkan-oriented,...
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