The Boban Markovic Orchestra has been the leading brass band in Serbia
over the last 10 years. The group has received a number of awards ("Golden
Trumpet", "First Trumpet" and "The Best Orchestra")
at the "Dragacevski Sabor" brass band meeting and competition
in Guca, held every August Central Serbia since 1961. At last year's Sabor,
the Boban Markovic Orchestra, playing material from the forthcoming "Bistra
Reka" CD, won "The First Trumpet" - officially the top
In the recording of "Bistra Reka" the regular brass band sound
was improved by the addition of another percussionist and sax player.
The orchestra's fifth release presents a band at the height of its maturity
with great tunes such as Frank London's "TT" or the traditional
"Bolujem Ja" and "Grom Cocek".
The Boban Markovic Orchestra had a hugely successful concert season last
year (International New Jazz Festival Moers, Pepsi Sziget in Budapest
in front of over 15,000 people...) and this year they have an even busier
schedule, touring Hungary and playing in Spain, Austria, Belgium, Holland,
Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, France and Poland.
"Bringing the emerging talents of Belgrade's finest to a wider audience,
B92's sub label Stereo Freeze document more of the scene's outstanding
cuts. Not focussing on one genre specifically, "Belgrade Coffee Shop 2"
offers house, downtempo and breaks delights. The quality of production
here is outstanding, and this CD is a perfect showcase for the music of
the Balkans. Vulkan's "Evening" is a shimmering jazz stepping key ode,
with strolling percussion and a beautiful vibraphone. Speed Limit's "Are
You Ready?" ups the tempo, using superlative vocals, flashy percussion
and smooth soulful keys, to produce a flowing House ride. Jerema's "Kadett"
cruises along, with a harmonious guitar, steadily travelling percussion
and an earthy bass. Switch Mono Vs Natural Born's "Streetwise" takes conga
led percussion, a gutsy bass and spoke vocal, to create something quite
different. This compilation is a must, for those who are open minded,
and want something new and exciting." Jon Freer, mart 2002
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