Yesterday I was reading my husband’s copy of ESPN Magazine and I saw a word puzzle in there where you had to unscramble the names of NBA first-round draft picks whose fathers were also first-round draft picks. Of course not only am I terrible at word scrambles (curse you, random letter combinations!) but I don’t know the names of even one NBA draft pick in any round. I like ESPN Mag for its good writing (seriously) but my sports trivia is severely lacking.
But then I was reading this email from the promoter for the Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar, and it turns out that Boban Markovic is the leader of an award-winning brass Balkan band and since 2002, his son Marko Markovic has played full-time with the band. Now that’s trivia I can get behind. The Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar is not just father and son: it’s got ten other people, and it rocks in that special way only a Balkan brass band can rock. Probably it’s all the flugelhorns.
The most recent album is from last year, but you don’t have to pretend you heard about it, we’re all friends here. It’s called, “Go Marko Go! Brass Madness”: and yes, the album is chock-full of brassy craziness. Like all Balkan music it can get repetitive, but the Markovics round out the café sound with some vocals and even some swank latin beat in the song “Latino Cocek.” It’s got the groove, baby, it’s got the groove. Check it out.
Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar — Evo je Mlada Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar — Latino Cocek