Albums

20

Gypsy - Released June 17, 2016 | Asphalt Tango Records

Booklet

Gypsy - Released October 16, 2015 | Oriente

Booklet

Gypsy - Released September 26, 2014 | Asphalt Tango Records

Booklet

Gypsy - Released October 18, 2012 | Saga

Booklet Distinctions The Qobuz Standard

Gypsy - Released April 27, 2012 | Rookie Records

Gypsy - Released April 2, 2012 | DAGprod

Gypsy - Released March 23, 2012 | Oriente

Booklet

Gypsy - Released January 27, 2012 | Rookie Records

Gypsy - Released August 12, 2011 | Oriente

Gypsy - Released May 30, 2011 | Saga

Booklet

Gypsy - Released July 5, 2010 | Oriente

Gypsy - Released July 5, 2010 | Oriente

Knitting Factory Records is best known for avant-garde jazz, but not every Knitting Factory release falls into that category. Sanda Weigl's Gypsy Killer isn't jazz (although parts of the album contain slight hints of jazz), and it isn't avant-garde -- certainly not by Romanian standards. The Romanian singer's forte is traditional East European music -- specifically, Romanian gypsy music. But the musicians who back Weigl on this CD (which is her first U.S. release) are not traditional Romanian musicians. Many of the people Weigl employs are New York-based jazz musicians, including guitarist Marc Ribot, trombonist Curtis Fowlkes, and pianist/organist Anthony Coleman. Therefore, a little jazz influence asserts itself, but only a little. This album is East European gypsy music first and foremost, and Weigl shows herself to be a very soulful and expressive vocalist on traditional songs like "Ciuleandra," "Trenule Masina Mica," "Valeleu," and "Cine Lubeste Si Lasa." Those who don't speak Romanian won't understand the lyrics, but they will know that she brings a great deal of feeling and emotion to them. Drinking songs are big in East European gypsy culture, and this CD contains at least two: "Bun ii Vinu Ghiurghiuliu" and "Butelcuta Mea." If "Pina Cind Nu Te Lubeam" reminds you of Middle Eastern music, it is no coincidence -- this haunting and very old Gypsy song calls for the type of modal/scalar playing that, for centuries, has been used in Arabic, Jewish, Greek, Armenian, Indian, and North African music. Some types of East European music involve modal playing, and that includes various forms of gypsy music. This excellent CD is recommended to people who are heavily into East European gypsy music as well as those who have a more casual interest in artists from that part of the world. ~ Alex Henderson