Carlos Bica: D.D. from B.


D.D. from B.


Carlos Bica & Azul


Twist (Enja 9386 2)

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Carlos Bica (bass),

Frank Möbus (guitar), Jim Black (drums)


Composed by Carlos Bica


Recorded: Lisbon, Portugal, June 6-7, 1998


Rating: 85/100 (learn more)

"Delicious Donuts from the Balkans" is the full title of this tune, opened by Carlos Bica's bowed bass before his partners join in to provide a distinctive Balkan beat and melody. Though they are from three different countries, these musicians all have a link with the downtown Manhattan/Brooklyn scene (they lived or live there), its humor, its trashy sonic approach and, in the '90s, its appetite for Balkan music. They also remind us of the influence this scene had on Berlin musicians (Bica and Möbus still live in the German capital) at the time. Played with the energy and taste that these three instrumentalists show here, this music is still fun and doesn't sound outdated, although ten years later it's not much played anymore.

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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