Babik's self-titled debut recording was a raw, explosive live performance, of mostly Django Reinhardt classics. For their second album, American Gypsy, the band has gone a completely different route, spending nearly a year in the recording studio to create a richly layered and polished recording of almost entirely original compositions. They enlisted the talents of Bulgarian-born international accordion champion, Vladimir Mollov, and Vaudeville-style clarinet virtuoso, Brian 'Dr. Jazz' Bauer. American Gypsy is a creative, bold and stunning work of art, that rewards the listener again and again. The influences here range from Swing to Flamenco to Klezmer (and just about every thing else in between!), but the result is an amazingly coherent, expansive, and ambitious vision of Gypsy Jazz that is sure to have even more heads, and hearts turning toward Babik.
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