It seems to be a little quiet here, so I just want to write a little. I just saw there is a very fine record on ebay now. Im talking about "The Gypsy and I" of Yul Brynner and Aliosha Dimitrievitch:http://cgi.ebay.de/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie ... %3AIT&rd=1
I am listening to that music while writing this, though my english is quite poor. Because of that, please allow me to qoute the liner notes a little bit.
Aliosha was 19 years old, Yul was 12, when they first met in Paris. Together with some thirty guitars they worked in nightclubs. Yul became a part of their Kumpania and learned to play the diminuitive seven-string Gypsy guitar, and he even learned their language.
The war sent all the Tziganes back to the road: Yul went with the Chekhov Theatre company to America, while Aliosha and his sister Valia went through South America. Twenty years later, they met again and made this great record in 1967.
On that record they were accompanied by guitarist Serge Camps ( I think most of you know Serge´s outstanding recordings with Angelo Debarre and Frank Anastasio, which is the Ensemble de la Roue Fleurie: "Gypsy Guitars" Hot Club Records 56).
Yul´s singing in the "russian romanes" language is really impressive, and Aliosha is a great second. The song I like best is "Two Guitars", but the other songs are very fine as well.
There are some records of Aliosha, too. His sister Valia made recordings with Boulou and Elios Ferre: "Reve a la Russe". I think the Ferrets had a close contact to the Dimitrievitchs.
If you like Serge Camps band "Opus4", you ought to go for this record on ebay. It is definitly worth having it.
As far as I know Yul engaged for the Gypsies until he passed away. Has anyone more informations about this?
I also know that Yul´s sister Vera made a record with russian gypsy folk songs. Can anybody tell me more about this record?