Balkan Bounce

 

Balkan Bounce Matt DarriauHe first began appearing on recordings by the Boston large ensemble Orange Then Blue, and his interest in musical influences outside what is generally regarded as the jazz world was apparent even in those early days. The Darriau-penned “Balkan Bounce,” recorded in 1986, is the very first track on the first OTB album, Music for Jazz Orchestra, and can be seen as a precursor to much of his work over the next 20 years. Darriau can swing with the best of them as can be heard on recordings by the ’30s and ’40s jazz-focused Ballin’ The Jack, but traditional Balkan, klezmer, Celtic, and Gypsy influences have always held an important place in Darriau’s musical universe.