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Richard Galliano can perhaps be single-handedly credited with resurrecting musette, an early blend of Gipsy, Italian and French dance music that became intertwined with jazz. By invigorating the music with a modern jazz sensibility, he has created what may be termed a 'musette nouveau'. While this music still evokes visions of romantic Parisian cafés, it also cooks. Ruby, My Dear continues in this direction by adding the superb rhythm section of bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Clarence Penn. Recorded live in Paris, the trio presents a program that elegantly reprises Monk's "Ruby, My Dear and delivers an explosive version of Oscar Pettiford's "Bohemia After Dark that has Grenadier's bass rockin' the house amongst B3-like juicy accordion riffs. Originals such as the sizzling "L'Insidieuse , the Latin flavored burner "Teulada and the improvisational drum/accordion interplay of "Naïa showcase this trio's breadth and talent. A new interpretation of 19th Century French composer Eric Satie's exotic "Gnossienne No. 1 and powerfully extended versions of Galliano's "Spleen and "Waltz for Nicky round out an electrifying session.
Hot solos, catchy melodies and captivating rhythms characterize Source Manouche. Beginning with a rhythm section of bassist Gautier Laurent and guitarists Cédric and Joselito Loeffler, accordionist Marcel Loeffler is also joined by a guest list that dazzles. Loeffler is no slouch himself and on his "Swing Suspense and "Ma Référence he pairs his quick precise runs and organistic chords with guest Yorgui Loeffler's fiery acoustic guitar. Biréli Lagrène displays his prodigious electric guitar chops as he duets with accordion on a magnificent presentation of his own "Fiso Place . Reinhardt tunes benefit from the accordion's presence as the lightly swinging "Douce Ambiance and "H.C.Q. Strut reprise Django's up-tempo feel with their pumping double guitar and bass backbeat. Loeffler's accordion achingly searches for his beloved on the liltingly beautiful "Où Es-Tu Mon Amour? . Master accordionist Marcel Azzola joins Loeffler for an exceedingly smooth "Double Scotch and a restyling of "All the Things You Are that includes Lagrène's consummate chordal and lead work. Yorgui Loeffler impresses compositionally with "Ruby , chanteuse Lisa Doby marries gospel and Gipsy on the traditional "Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho and Loeffler's accordion acquaints Celtic with Manouche for the CD's closer "La Ballade Irlandaise .
Tracks and Personnel
Ruby, My Dear
Tracks: Ruby, My Dear; L'Insidieuse; Historia De Un Amor; Bohemia After Dark; Gnossienne No. 1; Teulada; Naïa; Spleen; Waltz for Nicky.
Personnel: Richard Galliano: accordion; Clarence Penn: drums; Larry Grenadier: double bass.
Tracks: Swing Suspens; Ma Référence; Fiso Place; Douce Ambiance; Them There Eyes; All the Things You Are; Passion; Pont de Venise; Ruby; Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho; Double Scotch; H.C.Q. Strut; Où Es-Tu Mon Amour; La Ballade Irlandaise.
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.