Thursday, July 11, 2013

CD Review: Gypsophilia's 'Horska'

Forward Music Group/Factor

The Halifax, NS-based Gypsophilia brings us an energetic mix of instrumental jazz tunes with a good does of gypsy pizazz and fusion styles bordering on swing, alternative, new age, and roots. The septet plays piano, accordion, guitar, trumpet, double bass, and violin. The septet sounds like a session group with jazzy leanings and an instrumental prowess rarely achieved by other groups of this stature. Horksa is a short album of only six songs. However, the music is still remarkable and memorable. "Bir Hakeim" is a swing-inflected, jazz song that is classic and fresh. "Oh My Oma" is a more relaxed tune with somber violin tones, drifting guitar strums, and very light percussion. The jaunty, "Corentin Cariou," is a quick little ditty with carousel-type musicality and a youthful vigor with violin, piano, percussion, and trumpet. The quick-changing tempos are delightful. Overall, Gypsophilia's new work is a highly-recommended recording of creative gypsy music that encapsulates the world of jazz in a world music setting. ~ Matthew Forss

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