Swing of Sahara – A Caravan Ride under Distant Skies
On their new album, “Balk ’n’ Roll,” Copenhagen’s freshest ethno-non-centric combo, Swing of Sahara, serves up a sizzling smorgasbord of tasty tunes blasting from a late-night joint on the corner of the Balkans and the barrio.
“Balk ‘n’ Roll” was recorded in the dust of the road and the musk of the studio.
The line between genius and madness is a fine one, to be sure – listen, as the band bends and blurs and bludgeons it to bits.
Swing of Sahara was formed in the mid-1990s when Andreas Ugorskij and Peter Dobronyi got together to play Gypsy jazz classics. As new band members have joined in, other musical styles have been absorbed, including punk, surf, Latin and Balkan, sending them bursting out of the caravanserai. Over the years, the band has played more than 200 concerts. “Balk ’n’ Roll” abundantly demonstrates their impressive musical range.
Swing of Sahara is:
Andreas Ugorskij – guitars
Peter Dobronyi – guitar, accordion and crooning
Ole Algreen Reimer – trumpet and flugelhorn
Jesper Lund – contrabass balalaika
Sigurd Djurhuus – drums, percussion and assorted trash
2. El Canibal
4. Tres Mujeres
6. Long Horn Love
9. Nothing Toulouse
10. Järvo Rock
12. Be My Turk
13. El Viento
Released 2006 on HepTown Records