Published Oct 22, 2009Miles Davis, upon hearing players at the annual Guča Brass Band Festival in Serbia, said "I didn't know you could play trumpet that way."
What impressed him was the intensity of Balkan brass players, both in tone and tempo. The king of all Serbian trumpet players is Boban Markovic. After winning all kinds of awards from the festival, and acclaim throughout Europe, Markovic has spent his last few albums experimenting with different rhythms and less naturalistic productions. His high energy music has always been an inspiration to Balkan Beat DJs, but these days he sounds like he's making more dancefloor oriented sounds to cater to the DJs he inspired in the first place.
Another key influence on Markovic' current music is his son, Marko, who began playing with his dad's Orkestar at the age of 14 in 2002. He brings much youthful swagger to the sound, as evidenced by the scat attack on this title track to their upcoming album Delva.
If Beirut and A Hawk And A Hacksaw are the primary reference points for Balkan brass sounds for most Exclaim readers, this Orkestar brings something else again. They come correct like a proper Serbian brass band but amp up the energy considerably.
Given the recent upsurge in popularity of dancefloor friendly brass bands like Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Hot 8 Brass Band, March Fourth Marching Band, hopefully this album will increase the profile of the Markovics beyond Europe.
Boban I Marko Marcovic Orkestar's Devla: Blown Away To Dancefloor Heaven will be released by Piranha on November 10.
Listen to Boban I Marko Marcovic Orkestar's "Devla" below: