Wednesday 14 January 2015

The Bulgarian flag's White, Green And Reds in Plovdiv Folk Jazz Band (1984)

Everyone out there familiar with Bulgarian jazz and fusion?
Uh-- Bulgarian?  yes, absolutely.  Soon I'll post an album that made me absolutely throw up in shock when I heard it, being so unexpectedly great and interesting.  In the meantime we can have a listen to this group, named of course after the Bulgarian flag's colors, perhaps in order to conceal the fact this is not communist propaganda style music.  Which it definitely isn't, being progressive ethnic-flavoured (or smelling perhaps I should say) fusion of the highest calibre.  Information is here.  There is one astounding fusion-orchestral work we already knew about from the same country, it was called Septet Rousse and it was released in 1980.  It recalls Orchestra Njervudarov, my favourite representative of this style and for me one of the all-time masterpieces of progressive composition. Of course it is not as good, but well worth seeking out for a listen.

I love the Marc Chagall-like drawing on the cover.  Great image to admire while listening to this stuff.  Artwork credited to this guy, Емил-Велчев.  And I think after this month you will be quite impressed with the jazz output of Bulgaria.


  1. nikolov jazz band

  2. excellent post - thank u
    cleaned =

  3. welcome
    curious to see what's up next - am partial to the odd Balkanton release.

  4. Yes this is excellent, a real toe tapper thank you Julian and thank you Quimsy for the clean-up well deserved.

  5. Thanks for this Julian ! Quims'....dropbox link not working for me?