by Gipsy Kings


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James Bond is not the only venerable European institution to get a shot in the arm in 2006. The Gipsy Kings, southern France's lords of rumba, have, like the British superspy, come fatally near parody over the years, but that's changed with this lean (46-minute) and mean session. The richly textured Pasajero picks up where the Kings'previous outing, the critically lauded Roots, left off. That album began the repositioning away from the disco beats and bellowing toward a more folkloric sound that emphasized the band's acoustic brilliance and their Gypsy traditions. Pasajero broadens the palette, incorporating other oft-heard airs whistling through their terroir -- jazz, flamenco, funk, Latin American, and North African strains especially. Fittingly, the album begins with a mock radio broadcast from "Radio Gitana" that captures the peregrinating soul of Pasajero. A nod to the power of airplay is their version of "Chan Chan," the Cuban hit made ubiquitous by the Buena Vista Social Club nearly ten years ago, but it sounds like a snatch of Malian club music crackling from a transistor radio. Thank producer Philippe Eidel, who gave Khaled a street-smart sound on his best '90s albums, for these and other deft touches that keep the disc chugging along. It's a journey that proves there's still plenty of life in these vets.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/23/2007
Label: Nonesuch
UPC: 0075597995923
catalogNumber: 79959
Rank: 115551

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gipsy Kings   Primary Artist
Michael Delakian   Trumpet
Philippe Eidel   Bouzouki,Mandolin,Percussion,Piano,Accordion,Keyboards,Charango
Bernard Paganotti   Bass,Upright Bass
Pierre Olivier Govin   Saxophone
Andre Reyes   Guitar,Vocals,Charango,Palmas,Group Member
Nicolás Reyes   Guitar,Vocals,Charango,Palmas,Group Member
Paco Baliardo   Guitar,Vocals,Charango,Palmas,Group Member
Patchai Reyes   Guitar,Vocals,Charango,Palmas,Group Member
Francois Canut Reyes   Guitar,Vocals,Charango,Palmas,Group Member
Tonino Baliardo   Guitar,Vocals,Charango,Palmas,Group Member
Antonio Rivas   Accordion
Diego Baliardo   Guitar,Vocals,Charango,Palmas,Group Member
Patrice Renson   Drums
Ava Saty   Duduk
Jasko Ramic   Accordion

Technical Credits

Gipsy Kings   Composer,Producer
Philippe Eidel   Composer,Programming,Producer
Tonino Baliardo   Contributor
Antonio Rivas   Composer
Richard Bru   Personal Assistant
Peter Himberger   Executive Producer
Pascal Imbert   Executive Producer

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