Gypsy Fire Import
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Recorded in New York but featuring musicians of Middle Eastern and European origins well versed in Gypsy music, this is a lively get-together of great musicians and great music. Mostly acoustic in nature and featuring ud, zurna, ney, kanun, saxophone, violin, guitar, bass, and percussion, these 12 tracks romp through 10 tunes, many with vocals, that lovingly alloy the base metals of several Gypsy cultures. With headliners like Richard A. Hagopian and the acclaimed Omar Faruk Tekbilek, the standard and integrity is high, and Gypsy Fire should appeal to all those who like their Gypsy music unadulterated by crossover aspirations or modern electronics. This folksy approach does not affect the rollicking energy at all, however, and several of these cuts will be more than enough to clear the tables out of the way. Gypsy music is alive and well in New York after all. --Derek Rath
Top Customer Reviews
It's lots of fun to listen to. Those who are _completely_ new to middle eastern music might not like a few of the tracks the first time they hear them, but at least half of them are perfect for all audiences.
I recommend it to dancers of all levels: it's great for beginners because the pieces are classics they should be familiar with, and they're easy to dance to. At the same time, they're played with such energy and finesse that experienced dancers (who have heard them a million times) will have plenty to work with and won't be bored.
WARNING TO DANCERS: this CD can spoil you for other bands! Very few will play these songs with this much STYLE!
My personal favorite is Minoush, which has a great jazzy sound that reminds me of the photos of the "golden age" 8th avenue dancers from the 60s.
I noticed that Amazon didn't include track lengths (which I'm always interested in as a dancer), so here they are:
-Istemem Babacim 4:10
-Rompi Rompi 4:13
-Muhabbet 8:13 (the first 2:16 are a taqsim)
I hope they put out a sequel some day.
Rhythmically this cd is a dream. Melodically it's just as good. Richard Hagopian (oud), Omar Faruk Tekbilek (ney and zurna), and Yuri Yunakov (alto saxophone) are probably the most well-known musicians here (and they are all brilliant, each providing many highlights throughout this cd), but I want to make special mention here of Harold Hagopian (violin) who may be overlooked in the shadow of his father, Richard. I first got turned onto the Hagopians from the Armenian Music Through The Ages cd, again under Richards name, but his son Harold is a stunning violinist. This isn't one of those "Oh my mom and/or dad is famous so I got lucky and have a career because of them" situations. Harold is a flat-out brilliant violinist.
Aside from just being fantastic music, I also love the spirit of this cd. This is such joyful, jubilant music. All brought about because some people of different backgrounds and ethnicities realize that diversity and "the whole" can reap amazing rewards. You will never ever get depressed from listening to this cd.
I too am puzzled by the earlier "too authentic" comment. "Too authentic" doesn't even exist in my world. I fear this comment probably came from having a case of Ry Cooder-itis.Read more ›
Second we have Omer Faruk Tekbilek here..He plays the zurna..
We also have Bulgarian saxophonist Yuri Yunakov in the album..He almost makes his saxophone sing!! in the last track "Siseler".In turksih folk songs clarinet is usually played..I would also expect to hear clarinet in this cd but instead of it Yunakov plays the saxophone but it is ok because saxophone is also a good choice and nice match here.
In fact this cd is a pack of famous musicians..Whom else do we have?Also percussionist Arto Tuncboyaciyan and musician Ara Dinkjian.He plays the guitar in this album.Dinkjian is also the founder of Night Ark.. In my eyes the musicianship is almost too good to be true in this album..The instruments are played in such a good and exact,precise style; the way they had to be in this kind of music.The recording quality is exceptional as well.In fact when this cd was first released in 1995 it was a bestseller in world music sales for a long time.I accept that as a very normal fact because it is almost impossible to create a bad album with so many talented musicians together..
This cd is a real blend of turkish,armenian,greek and arabic music in my eyes..Any turk,armenian ,greek or arabic person would like the tunes here..Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
As Mr. Wail says "a vast number of people would love if they were exposed to it", I am exposed to this recording by a friend during a car voyage. Read morePublished on Sept. 30 2003 by Ozgur Kurt
This CD combines several amazing musicians. The melodies are catchy and the taksims are simply divine. Read morePublished on April 19 2002
Gypsy Fire is a fantastic CD. The musicians who are on this label perform brilliantly, because of their knowledge of the music as well as thier emotional explosions that are the... Read morePublished on Nov. 8 2000
It's impossible for Tekbilek to do bad music, but unfortunately the vocalist on this recording is a little too authentic for western ears. Read morePublished on Dec 8 1999