Various Artists

Taraf: Romanian Gypsy Music

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AllMusic Review by Bob Tarte

The legendary gypsy flair for dazzling instrumentals and heartfelt vocals that sound as if they've risen from another century comes through on this fine disc. The songs hover along the border between eastern and western traditions, carrying the roots and responses to nomadic styles that sprouted flamenco, klezmer, fado, plus some Turkish, Armenian, and even Celtic vernaculars. The collection kicks off with two extended sets of love songs and entertainment songs ripe with the usual heartbreaking blend of anxiety, joy, love, surrender, and resolution. Since the material draws from a repertoire tailored to non-gypsy audiences, the pieces are particularly accessible.

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