Errol Rackipov

Distant Dreams

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MUSIC REVIEW BY Tom Greenland, New York City Jazz Record

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Bulgarian vibraphonist Errol Rackipov, a mentee of Burton, recorded Distant Dreams, his second album, with the assistance of saxophonists David Leon and Lubomir Gospodinov, pianist Martin Bejerano, bassist
Peter Slavov and drummer Ludwig Afonso. The Bulgarian influence is present in the personnel (Rackipov, Gospodinov and Slavov all hail from Sofia), song titles ("Shopeto in NY", "Miami - Sofia (via Havana)", "Bosphorus", "Todora (to Dobri Paliev)") and melodies and rhythms, which draw on Eastern European folk musics. On "The Dream of the Little Gypsy", the 18-beat meter is tricky yet still danceable while "Shopeto in NY" has a Middle Eastern flavor. Improvising chores are mostly handled by Rackipov, Bejerano and the amazingly dexterous Slavov, solos generally restricted to a chorus or two to keep focus on the leader's durable compositions.






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