It takes as its starting point classical music that reflects Gypsy music, old folk melodies and some unusual but appropriate other material, like the pop song "Those Were the Days" and Tchaikovsky's "Flight of the Bumblebee". Then there are nods to the Django-Grapelly nexus as well with things like "Honeysuckle Rose".
The ensemble features the incredibly facilitated Gypsy violin of the leader plus a pianist and a cimbalom player who are also fantastically adept. Filling out the ensemble is someone who gets a chance here and there to demonstrate a post-Django prowess on guitar, plus bass and second violin.
It is a treat to hear these folks in the full flower of passion. Lakatos is a veritable demon and his band is right there with him. This is great fun but also some extraordinarily exciting music!
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