Slavic Soul Party! brings their acoustic mash-up of Balkan and Gypsy sounds, North American music, gospel, techno, funk, dub, jazz, and Latin influences together into a Balkan brass setting to create and re-imagine a classic recording, capturing the essence of the Ellington Orchestra’s timeless sound while offering new arrangements and a refreshing liveliness.
Praise for the Far East Suite:
“The melodies… remain the same but the arrangements are so wild and wooly, danceable and grooveable, that it comes out as a whole ‘nother animal, in your face, quixotic to the brain yet challenging enough to the ear where you want to hear it again.”
On first glance this suite might seem like a strange choice of material for superb New York Balkan brass band Slavic Soul Party!, but their recording of it, released today on Ropeadope, honors the tunes and spirit of the Ellington opus while adding their own flavor.