Bal Tinget

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The mix of brass and traditional music is daring, but works wonderfully well. The bouncy opener, "Forkert Polka," sets the tone, bouncy and energetic with a strong horn arrangement and some strenuous fiddling from Tove de Fries. But even with drums they avoid the usual clichés of folk-rock, as is apparent on "Storm Og Gorm," where guitar, mandolin, and accordion work the melody in the lively manner of Danish dance music. The three-piece horn section sounds much bigger, as on "Den Poliska Mær," with a sly vocal from Per Bo. They keep things moving well throughout the album, with breaks for tracks like the more delicate "Brudemarch," where twin fiddles add a real beauty to the piece. They reach back into some very personal history with "Mies Vals Og Holevvalsen," learned from de Fries' father, then embark on a couple of original tunes before finishing with another lyrical traditional piece, "Nr. 10," that moves through several moods, becoming jazzy before bursting into a frenzy of dancing horns and a fiery tenor sax solo from Hans Mydtskov (also of Serras). A great introduction to Danish music.

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