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Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar: Devla: Blown Away to Dancefloor Heaven [Piranha, 2010]
With son Marko now firmly in command--he leads all but one track--Serbia's premier Gypsy brass ensemble has gotten not funkier but peppier. Amid an abundance of singing guests male and female and young and old, the most striking solo turn is by clarinetist Erol Demirov, and the wildest track is the one that features paterfamilias Boban double-tonguing his flugelhorn as "little-known idol" Mustafa Sabanovic gravel-barrels his vocal. That falling-down-drunk thing is in abeyance. But if you've ever read an ecstatic account of a great polka band who proved too cutesy by half on record, this is what you hoped they'd sound like. A-