Master of the Gypsy Cimbalom

Master of the Gypsy Cimbalom

by Kálmán Balogh
     
 

From cimbalom player (and former Muszik�s member) K�lm�n Balogh, this aptly named album shows off an instrument popular in Hungarian Gypsy music but little heard otherwise. Balogh takes on Hungarian, Romanian, and Moldavian Gypsy music (both modern and traditional); sad ballads; and uptempo dances. The range is remarkable, matched onlySee more details below

Overview

From cimbalom player (and former Muszik�s member) K�lm�n Balogh, this aptly named album shows off an instrument popular in Hungarian Gypsy music but little heard otherwise. Balogh takes on Hungarian, Romanian, and Moldavian Gypsy music (both modern and traditional); sad ballads; and uptempo dances. The range is remarkable, matched only by the stunning speed of Balogh's mallets on his dulcimer. For listeners coming to Balogh by way of his work with larger ensembles, the excitement may be somewhat muted, with less accompaniment and fewer full band numbers heard here. The cimbalom certainly doesn't have a sparse sound, but may seem sparse in relation to the well-known Eastern European Gypsy ensembles. The album opens with a slightly Turkish-sounding number before moving into a trio of more traditional stylings. A short Gypsy jazz interlude provides inflections of American swing, and a short bit of solf�ge in combination with Balogh's cimbalom hints at the musical connections with India's santoor. After a piece originally written for violin, the music takes a turn into Romanian pieces for the rest of the main album's course. Tacked onto the end, however, are two items from K�lm�n Balogh "and friends," larger ensemble pieces that make use of the full ARC Records stable -- Hossam Ramzy on percussion, Pablo Carcamo on bass, and Enrique Ugarte on accordion, among others. The sound is less coherent but more groove-centric, and reignites what had become a slower spell of the album. Give the ensembles (Muszik�s, Taraf de Ha�douks, etc.) a shot first, but then come back to Balogh as an excellent example of a solo player.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/14/2008
Label:
Arc Music
UPC:
0743037217224
catalogNumber:
2172
Rank:
179281

Tracks

  1. Bulgar Cigany Horo  - Kálmán Balogh
  2. In Memory of Balogh Elemér  - Kálmán Balogh
  3. Bonchidai Ritka Magyar  - Kálmán Balogh
  4. Magyar Verbunk  - Kálmán Balogh
  5. Vajdaszentivanyi Forgatos  - Kálmán Balogh
  6. Kalotaszegi Cigany Csardasok  - Kálmán Balogh
  7. Mezösegi Ciganytanc Es Lassu Csardas  - Kálmán Balogh
  8. Cintec de Dragoste & Hora de La Bolintin  - Kálmán Balogh
  9. Sirba, Tropca & Hora Drom Dobrogea  - Kálmán Balogh
  10. Doina, Hora & Batuta from Moldavia  - Kálmán Balogh
  11. Roman Cigany Hallgato  - Kálmán Balogh
  12. Romanian Suite  - Kálmán Balogh
  13. Bulgarian Gipsy Hora  - Kálmán Balogh

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kálmán Balogh   Primary Artist,Cimbalom
Pablo Cárcamo   Bass,Flute,Guest Appearance
Flavio Cucchi   Guitar,Guest Appearance
Enrique Ugarte   Accordion,Guest Appearance
Margie Butler   Flute,Guest Appearance
Hossam Ramzy   Percussion,Tabla,Egyptian Percussion,Guest Appearance
Florie Brown   Violin,Guest Appearance
Paul Espinoza   Guitar,Accordion,Guest Appearance
Sándor Barbócz   Violin,Soloist,Group Member
Albert Mohácsy   Double Bass,Guest Appearance
István Berán   Clarinet,Flute,Guest Appearance
Sandor Barbocz   Violin,Guest Appearance
Albert Mohacsy   Double Bass,Guest Appearance
Zsolt Nagy   Viola,Guest Appearance
Beata Salamon   Violin,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Kálmán Balogh   Arranger
Pablo Cárcamo   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Diz Heller   Mastering
Traditional   Composer
Alex Stokes   Cover Design

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