The Mark Buza Orchestra, When I Dance A Polka

Chris Nickson

By Chris Nickson

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

In the northern states, Central European immigrants kept their polka strong, and the genre has created its own stars around the 2/4 beat, even as it's become part of the American national consciousness. Buza mixes standards like the title cut with the intriguing "Slovak Unveiling Song," an old recording of his grandmother's singing, a true rooting in immigrant history, followed by the joyful, snaking "Bridal Dance," which shows the innate Old World connection between polka and klezmer.