Friday, January 10, 2014

CD Review: Adrian Raso and Fanfare Ciocarlia's 'Devils' Tale'

Adrian Raso and Fanfare Ciocarlia
Devil's Tale
Asphalt-Tango Records

The Balkan tunes of Fanfare Ciocarlia merge with Canada's eminent guitarist, banjo player, and electric bass aficionado, Adrian Raso. The instrumental tunes are mysterious with a saucy saunter and bellowing character that is anything but dull. The jazzy beats are quite pronounced and almost arranged in a Klezmer style. The punchy brass and uppity melodies are energetic and full of life. The musical style seems to mix old charm with new creative ideas that are refreshing and lively. Anyone with an interest in Balkan jazz, Romani music, and big brass sounds should check out Adrian Raso and Fanfare Ciocarlia. The Devil's Tale will grab you and never let you go. It's totally addictive. ~ Matthew Forss

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