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Jacques Pellarin Quartet: Sup Dude

Read "Sup Dude" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

The world of Jacques Pellarin's music, especially on his Sup Dude, is brimming with the ecstasy of his ancient Bayan, that superb button accordion that swings and swerves as Pellarin coaxes the most extraordinary, absolutely joyful sounds out of it. His playing is reminiscent of both harmonicist Toots Thielmans and Hammond B3 organist Jimmy Smith at once. These may sound like strange bedfellows, but Pellarin plays with a sublime sense of chromatic ingenuity when he etches out single note lines ...

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Jacques Pellarin Quartet: Sup Dude

Read "Sup Dude" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

French accordionist and composer Jacques Pellarin has the welcome ability to craft music which is technically challenging, yet immediately accessible and engaging. Sup Dude is a joyous album, filled with refreshingly unpretentious tunes performed with skill and obvious pleasure by his quartet--a pleasure readily communicated to others. Sup Dude follows 2010's self-produced trio date, Karenita, adding to that album's winning mix of jazz, Latin and folk music with another collection of tunes in a similar vein. Pellarin ...

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Jacques Pellarin Trio: Karenita

Read "Karenita" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Karenita is the second album from the Jacques Pellarin Trio, following 2009's self-produced The Sound Of Philadelphia. It's a charming collection of lively, optimistic and happy tunes, played with exceptional style by this French ensemble; a real gem of an album that constantly surprises and delights. The album sleeve gives a clear and welcoming indication of the Trio's musical approach, thanks to some charming artwork from Lucas Pellarin. The cover illustration features the trio's members as young ...

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Jacques Pellarin Trio: Sound of Philadelphia

Read "Sound of Philadelphia" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Sound of Philadelphia is not a novelty record--one that some critics might dismiss as world music. Jacques Pellarin's music is inflected with myriad cultural influences, so this rather empty epithet is likely to be used on the composer. This labeling is especially tough on an artist who is as seriously talented as the French/Basque musician. Pellarin is a master of the bayan, a Russian, chromatic button accordion developed in the early 20th century that is deceptively easy to play, and ...


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