Ljiljana Buttler has been termed "the Billie Holiday of Gypsy music" and "the true mother of Gypsy soul". She is one of the great survivors of the Balkan music scene. Formerly known as Ljiljana Petrovic, she started out singing in small cafes in Bosnian villages, moved on to become a major star in Belgrade and then right across the former Yugoslavia, back in the 1970s, but disappeared from the musical scene as the brash new style of turbo-folk provided the soundtrack for the war that pulled her country apart. She worked as a cleaner in Germany, got married and changed her name, and is now making a comeback, with her deep soulful voice still miraculously intact. She has already recorded with Mostar Sevdah Reunion and the rousing Fanfare Ciocarlia, and now comes this solo set, with its relaxed but powerful, laid-back blend of Balkan traditional styles with blues and jazz. Backed by a small band that features violin, trumpet or piano on different tracks, she shows off her highly emotional, soulful singing on a set that should appeal to jazz enthusiasts just as much as fans of Gypsy styles, and ought to re-establish her reputation as a major European star.
Robin Denselow's review in the Guardian