9

Dragon's Fuel: Pomorandze / Oranges

Toj Samaz  By

Sign in to view read count
Dragon's Fuel: Pomorandze / Oranges
Anyone can dance. And dance one will on this Eastern European steam ship. A cruise along the Danube with the taste of rakia (a Balkan spirit) in the mouth. Sharing an unexpected sunny day during winter with a bunch of friends. This could explain the almost childlike song titles. One might wonder whether the title was the source of a song or vice versa. Every piece is simple in conception but executed with musicianly skill. Some pieces are played very freely, others, with a kind of Brit-rock resonance, are through composed.

Dragon's Fuel is a quartet from Novi Sad, Serbia: Lav Kovac on drums, Marko Curcic on bass, Vojislav Savkov on soprano and tenor sax and Predrag Okiljevic on tenor sax. Its sound is reminiscent of London's Sons of Kemet but more Balkan, with two saxophones instead of two drummers and bass instead of tuba.This is especially apparent in the title song, which encapsulates the essence of the album—melodically rich with strong dance rhythms. Pieces like the opener "Stablo Zivota" or "Trunk of Life" have such a striking melody that you want more and more of it and "Turbo Fuelk" (a reference to Serbia's notorious "turbo folk" style mixed with the "Fuel" of the Dragon) is the perfect conclusion to the album. It can fill you up with memories in an instant.

Each of the 11 tracks leads stylistically to the next and there is never a feeling of having too much of one thing. Just like a good rakia. The band is part of the Horz collective and this is its second album—youthful, confident and energetic.

Track Listing

Stablo Života; Trunk of life; Gdes poš'o s mojim kapućinom?; Where are you heading to with my cappuccino?; Princeza Ratnica; Warrior Princess; Solid Metal Gear; Ne Zez. No joke 7 Kubanska Veštica Cuban Witch Moan Pkramant Krstamneiklamar Pomorandže Oranges Turbo Fuelk

Personnel

Marko Curcic: bass; Lav Kovac: drums; Predrag Okiljevic: saxophone, tenor; Vojislav Savkov: saxophone, soprano.

Album information

Title: Pomorandze / Oranges | Year Released: 2020 | Record Label: Horz

Post a comment about this album

Watch

Tags

Shop Amazon

More

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.