"Good Music For You" is the new monthly digital track-drop from the Panorama Jazz Band, an all-acoustic party outfit from New Orleans. The sounds come from anywhere people like to play, dance and celebrate: especially New Orleans, the Caribbean, Latin America and Eastern Europe.
This month's track, titled "Chororo," was brought in by Matt Schreiber who recently moved with his wife to New Orleans from Portland Maine to fill Panorama's accordion chair.
"Chororo" ranked number one on the Yugoslav folk music chart for the year 1969 and Matt learned it in 2011 on a visit to Serbia from a young accordionist named Ljuba Petrovic. Ljuba is the great nephew of the accordionist Duško Petrovic who, born into a family of famous musicians in the Romani community of Grabovica, wrote and recorded the original hit.
The title means "Orphan" in the Romanes language. Although we bring it to you as an instrumental, the original lyric is the lament of an orphan boy missing his parents.
On this recording we pared down the band to feature Matt and his accordion. Playing music of the Roma people demands a lifetime of study and Matt has traveled to Western Serbia for that purpose on several occasions. His delivery of the line, it's
ornamentation and that special swing of the eighth-note reflects his love and study of and his devotion to this music.
Also heard on this track are Ben Schenck (clarinet), Patrick Mackey (tenor banjo), Mark Rubin (tuba) and Doug Garrison (drums). After a long association with Panorama in various capacities, this is Rubin's first recording with Panorama Jazz Band. You can hear him playing baritone horn on Panorama *Brass* Band's CD, "17 Days" (2011) and he produced the jazz band's second album, "Panoramaland" (2005). Mark also recently immigrated to New Orleans, a cultural refugee from Austin Texas, the self-proclaimed "Live Music Capital of the World."
Recorded April 7th, 2014 @ Gasa Gasa, New Orleans, LA.
Ben Schenck - Clarinet
Matt Schreiber - Accordion
Patrick Mackey - Tenor Banjo
Mark Rubin - Tuba
Doug Garrison - Drums
Session engineered by Mike Seaman
Track mixed by Bill Deputy
Thanks to Michael Schweppe for helping out in the studio
Graphic design by Daniel Murphy
Cover photo by Greg Miles