Master of the Gypsy Cimbalom

Master of the Gypsy Cimbalom

by Kálmán BaloghKálmán Balogh

CD(Bonus Tracks / Includes book)

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From cimbalom player (and former Muszikás member) Kálmán Balogh, this aptly named album shows off an instrument popular in Hungarian Gypsy music but little heard otherwise. Balogh takes on Hungarian, Romanian, and Moldavian Gypsy music (both modern and traditional); sad ballads; and uptempo dances. The range is remarkable, matched only by the stunning speed of Balogh's mallets on his dulcimer. For listeners coming to Balogh by way of his work with larger ensembles, the excitement may be somewhat muted, with less accompaniment and fewer full band numbers heard here. The cimbalom certainly doesn't have a sparse sound, but may seem sparse in relation to the well-known Eastern European Gypsy ensembles. The album opens with a slightly Turkish-sounding number before moving into a trio of more traditional stylings. A short Gypsy jazz interlude provides inflections of American swing, and a short bit of solfège in combination with Balogh's cimbalom hints at the musical connections with India's santoor. After a piece originally written for violin, the music takes a turn into Romanian pieces for the rest of the main album's course. Tacked onto the end, however, are two items from Kálmán Balogh "and friends," larger ensemble pieces that make use of the full ARC Records stable -- Hossam Ramzy on percussion, Pablo Carcamo on bass, and Enrique Ugarte on accordion, among others. The sound is less coherent but more groove-centric, and reignites what had become a slower spell of the album. Give the ensembles (Muszikás, Taraf de Haïdouks, etc.) a shot first, but then come back to Balogh as an excellent example of a solo player.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/14/2008
Label: Arc Music
UPC: 0743037217224
catalogNumber: 2172
Rank: 90657

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kálmán Balogh   Primary Artist,Cimbalom
Pablo Cárcamo   Bass,Flute,Guest Appearance
Flavio Cucchi   Guitar,Guest Appearance
Enrique Ugarte   Accordion,Guest Appearance
Margie Butler   Flute,Guest Appearance
Hossam Ramzy   Percussion,Tabla,Egyptian Percussion,Guest Appearance
Florie Brown   Violin,Guest Appearance
Paul Espinoza   Guitar,Accordion,Guest Appearance
Sándor Barbócz   Violin,Soloist,Group Member
Albert Mohácsy   Double Bass,Guest Appearance
István Berán   Clarinet,Flute,Guest Appearance
Sandor Barbocz   Violin,Guest Appearance
Albert Mohacsy   Double Bass,Guest Appearance
Zsolt Nagy   Viola,Guest Appearance
Beata Salamon   Violin,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Kálmán Balogh   Arranger
Pablo Cárcamo   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Traditional   Composer
Alex Stokes   Cover Design

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