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Slavic Soul Party: Live at Barbes: Slavic Soul Party Plays Duke Ellington's Far East Suite

Read "Live at Barbes: Slavic Soul Party Plays Duke Ellington's Far East Suite" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


In the late 1990s, visionary percussionist Matt Moran founded Slavic Soul Party, a brass band designed to stretch the boundaries between Eastern and Western European traditional music until those boundaries snap. More than two decades and twenty members later, “New York's Official #1 Brass Band for BalkanSoulGypsyFunk" fully realizes this vision by performing one of Duke Ellington's most famous Billy Strayhorn collaborations: 1963's The Far East Suite, around which Ellington organized a global tour schedule through the Middle East, South ...

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Slavic Soul Party: Taketron

Read "Taketron" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


The massive Baltic brass band Slavic Soul Party (SSP) has played in Istanbul and Carnegie Hall, Macedonia and the Kennedy Center, Serbia and the Knitting Factory, and currently resides Tuesday nights at Club Barbes in Brooklyn, which released this fifth SSP album on its own label. “I think Taketron really shows our original style, more so than any of our other records," says Taketron's leader, percussionist Matt Moran. “We get something electrifying: it sounds kind of Balkan and kinda not; ...

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Slavic Soul Party: Slavic Soul Party -- Teknochek Collision

Read "Slavic Soul Party -- Teknochek Collision" reviewed by Matthew Miller


Slavic Soul Party has the best steady gig in Brooklyn. Every Tuesday night at Barbé's belongs to the tight, Balkan ensemble: forever. It's a savvy business decision for the tiny bar-cum-performance space and a great opportunity for the ensemble to refine the potent mix of Balkan, gypsy, jazz and funk influences that make them utterly unique. Sets are routinely packed with a mix of dancers and onlookers and ten minutes in the air routinely takes on a sweaty, boozy thickness ...

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Slavic Soul Party!: Bigger

Read "Bigger" reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk


The music of the Roma--some of whom accept the “gypsy moniker and some of whom reject it--is often joyful, necessarily so. Like the American blues, gypsy music isn't about complaining so much as surviving despite. For even the biggest Balkan stars, the money gigs are weddings, which involve a week of ceremony and parties. A successful Balkan band needs not only to know the popular songs of the day, but also be able to carry a week of gigs for ...


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