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Gypsy Cuban Project, The / Havana Night Sessions At Abdala Studios
Album:Havana Night Sessions At Abdala Studios Collection:World
Artist:Gypsy Cuban Project, The Added:01/2017

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Add Date:2017-02-01 Pull Date:2017-04-05 Charts:Reggae/World
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Album Review
Margy Kahn
Reviewed 2017-01-22 
Romanian musician and politician with Roma roots went to Cuba to jam with the gypsies; the result is an interesting fusion album dominated by Cuban rhythms but with many Balkan accents; interesting factoid – 90,000 Roma fled to Cuba in the 1940's to escape Nazi death camps; wonderful Roma-accented Spanish lyrics!

No FCC's; Favorite tracks: 4, 5, 6, 11, 12

1 – Saralman –4:17- uptempo bilingual number; strong horn section; nice fiddle; accordion; Cuban meets Balkan

2- Serenata en Batanga –3:25 – slower, solo with Omara Portuando – echoed by folk flute

3—Hopai Diri Da – 3:36 – uptempo Cuban dance rhythm with Spanish lyrics and scatting;

*4 – Quando Tu Me Quieras – 3:50 – slower, breathy solo begins; pretty guitar interlude

*5 – Ileana, Ileana – 4:22 – bilingual salsa; interesting; nice piano accompaniment; horns followed by fast accordion work

**6 – Jungali – 4:11-- starts off with slowish piano chords – singer(s) in Balkan style with Spanish language; gypsy violin; switches to Roma; nice harmony; 4/4 Latin rhythm; melodies veer major to minor and back

7 – Magdalena – 3:30 – lively Latin dance number with diverse singers; strong horn section

8 – Jelem, Jelem –5:27 – starts off slow with horn fanfare and vocals; picks up into rhythmic cha-cha

9 – Gitanos – 3:40 – uptempo with vocals, drums, pianos; a bit Gipsy Kingish

10- Zaraza – 3:27 – spoken words with violin in background; segues to guitar and violin with singers

*11—El Corazon Yo Te Dare – 4:00 – Balkan style singing of Spanish song

*12 – Ay, Mama Inez – 2:54 – unusual singing and accompaniment

**13 – Chan Chan – 5:00 – starts with a capella solo; nice flourish of cimbalom; segues into the tune we all know from the Buena Vista Social Club with continuing brass band accompaniment followed by flute

Track Listing
1.Saralman 7.Magdalena
2.Serenata En Batanga 8.Jelem, Jelem
3.Hopai Diri Da 9.Gitanos
4.Quando Tu Me Quieras 10.Zaraza
5.Ileana, Ileana 11.El Corazon Yo Te Dare
6.Jungali 12.Ay, Mama Inez
 13.Chan Chan