- Released: July 31, 2001
- Label: Nonesuch
The Wire - 10/01, p.74
"...This is rock'n'roll as it should be..."
CMJ - 7/30/01, p.22
"...A mad meeting at the crossroads of Roma culture..."
JazzTimes - 12/01, p.118
"...A live recording which captures the sometimes over-the-top pleasure of awaiting release when they take a stage - or show up to play a wedding..."
Mojo (Publisher) - 7/01, p.106
"...The most fun you can have with your world-music clothes on..."
- 1.Dance of the Firemen
- 2.A la Turk
- 3.Sorrow, Only My Sorrow
- 4.The Return of the Magic Horses
- 5.A Gypsy Had a House
- 6.A Stork Crosses the Danube, in the Company of a Raven
- 7.Absinth I Drink You, Absinth I Eat You
- 8.Cacurica Dances
- 10.Green Leaf, Clover Leaf
- 11.I'm a Gambling Man
- 12.Little Buds
- 13.Bride in a Red Dress
- 14.Back to Clejani
Taraf De Haidouks: Neculae Neacsu, Paul "Pasalan" Giuclea (vocals, violin); Marin P. Manole (vocals, accordion); Dumitru "Cacurica" Baicu (vocals, small cymbalum); Constantin "Costica Boieru" Lautaru (violin, background vocals); Angel Gheorghe (violin); Gheorghe Falcaru (flute); Ionel Manole (accordion, background vocals); Marin "Marius" Manole (accordion); Viorel Vlad (upright bass); Ion Tanase, Cristinel Turturica (cymbalum).
Additional personnel includes: Roger Manole (vocals); Filip Simeonov (clarinet); Tarik Tuysuzoglu (darbuka); Kocani Orkestar Brass Band.
Recorded at Sala Arcub Hall, Migas Real Studios, Bucharest; Studio La Buissonne, France. Includes liner notes by Marc Hollander.
Audio Mixers: Daniel Leon; Gerald Fenerberg; Vincent Kenis.
Recording information: Institut Francais de Bucarest, Bucarest; Migas Real Studios, Bucharest, Romania; Sala Arcub Hall, Bucharest, Romania; Studio La Buissonne, France.
Romanian musicians of Roma (formerly "gypsy") culture, Taraf de Haidouks are a prolific outpost of a vibrant strain of Eastern European musical culture. Originally released in 2001, BAND OF GYPSIES is one of the group's most popular releases. A live album consisting of 14 tracks from throughout their career, BAND OF GYPSIES is what used to be known in jazz circles as a cutting session: each player is goading the next into ever-faster and more florid soloing and more delirious tempos. Though this is nominally dance music, a dancer would need the constitution of a bull to keep up.