“Extreme virtuoso Balkan gypsy jazz from this quartet with a huge repertoire of thrilling jazz and classical tinged pieces that sweep from pathos-laden ballads through to helter-skelter intricacy at amphetamine-pumping tempos.” Timeout Oct ’12

“Here was proof that there is more to gypsy jazz than Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli. London-based five-piece Dunajska Kapelye played tunes from Turkey, Macedonia, Hungary, Russia and Transylvania – as well as a few Hot Club de France numbers – at a sold out, packed Vortex last night. The inspiration behind this far-reaching passion for gypsy music clearly begins with Piotr Jordan, who put this group together with help from the Vortex. (Dunajska Kapelye are regulars at the club’s monthly Gypsy / East European Night.) A slight, bespectacled figure and seemingly diffident stage presence, the Polish violinist is a remarkable bandleader. He plays with sinewy virtuosity but, unlike so many gypsy jazz violinists, doesn’t dominate the texture with continuous speedy solos. He is more often cajoling his colleagues – guitarist Jez Cook, Zac Gvirtzman on accordion, Raph Mizraki on double-bass and supporting violinist Flora Curzon – with high register effects and encouraging head nodding. Everyone gets the opportunity for a short solo, but the focus with Dunajska Kapelye is on ensemble playing, whipping easily between runaway, foot-stomping swing and the mournful hush of the ballads. Cook’s guitar and Mizraki’s bass form the band’s core and combine to bring out the jazz manouche flavour… From melancholic Russian songs (one of which was sung with soul by Gina Boreham) to Transylvanian folk themes, all gypsy life was here.” London Jazz Feb ’11

“SOMETHING of a pre-Santa tradition, this all-star Balkanjazz party ticked up its third consecutive year last night. Lights were low, crackers were on the tables and guest musicians started hopping on stage almost from the off… Gypsy campfire classics are their stock-in-trade — minor-key melodies that limp into action with a sorrowful, heart-tugging deliberation before building to head-shaking, foot-stomping climaxes.” Evening Standard Dec ’09

“Complicated name, that, but it simply means The Danube Band, a convenient ethnographical bracket for Eastern European countries with gypsy jazz in their soul. Its Polish leader, Piotr Jordan, is a violinist with a difference. Disdaining dazzling virtuosity, the usual gypsy ploy, he chose instead to break our hearts with the minor-key beauty of his sound. Having endured so many frantic speedsters over the years, one could only applaud his restraint. In the right hands the violin can sing like no other instrument. And why gibber when you can sing? Technically, Jordan’s approach was unusual. Leaving maximum distance between right hand and violin, he mostly worked the bow at belt-buckle level, but with perfect control.” Evening Standard Feb ’09