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Richard Galliano: Sentimentale

Read "Sentimentale" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Accordionist Richard Galliano is a true innovator of both the extemporized role of his instrument and of the fusion of French folk music with jazz. His breathtaking instrumental facility combined with a creative ingenuity makes his oeuvre, particularly the series of superb albums on Dreyfus Jazz, uniquely satisfying. In view of this, his release on the non-for-profit Resonance Label, Sentimentale is a bit of a letdown. A couple of Galliano compositions, and a few jazz, Bossa Nova and ...

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Richard Galliano: Tangaria

Read "Tangaria" reviewed by Chris May

A little accordion can go a long way. Its sound is a knife edge away from a dolorous monotone, and stubbornly resists modulation. It is no accident that Argentinian tango, the style indelibly associated with the instrument, typically deals with loss and bad luck. Few accordionists are able to cast off this baggage, but Richard Galliano is one who can.

An inventive, virtuoso performer with solid jazz chops, Galliano is at home with a variety of atmospheres, including ...

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Richard Galliano: Love Day: Los Angeles Sessions

Read "Love Day: Los Angeles Sessions" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

The beauty of music is in its ability to compress. A whole lifetime of emotions can be contained in a song. Music, in a way, is the most abstract way of speaking and yet it is also the most direct utterance one can think of. The same can be said of love. Love and music transcend time while still being situated in history. Love that's here today can be gone tomorrow.

Richard Galliano's Love Day can be heard ...

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Richard Galliano / Brussels Jazz Orchestra: Ten Years Ago

Read "Ten Years Ago" reviewed by Chris May

An energetic recording artist who since 2007 has been averaging three albums a year, accordionist Richard Galliano appears even more prolific because of the quick-fire diversity of contexts in which he places himself--solo, with his Tangaria quartet, with European and American jazz groups ranging from duos to larger lineups, and with strings. Between them, Galliano's albums have embraced tango, jazz, chanson and the classics. In a long career as leader however, he has never recorded with a big band--until now ...

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Richard Galliano: Love Day: Los Angeles Sessions

Read "Love Day: Los Angeles Sessions" reviewed by Chris May

French-Italian accordionist Richard Galliano began recording for the Milan label in the mid-2000s, since when he's released two tango-based albums, Luz Negra (Milan, 2007) and Live In Marciac (Milan, 2007), made with his Tangaria Quartet. Galliano's Love Day: Los Angeles Session finds him returning to another love, new musette, a jazz-inflected recalibration of the bal-musette cafe music developed by French and Italian musicians in late 19th century Paris.Love Day: Los Angeles Sessions is bal-musette with a further twist ...

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Richard Galliano & Tangaria Quartet: Live In Marciac 2006

Read "Live In Marciac 2006" reviewed by Chris May

Accordionist Richard Galliano's Tangaria Quartet made its studio debut earlier this year with the thrilling Luz Negra (Milan Records, 2007), recorded in Brazil. The group's warm-up gig for those sessions happened a month earlier, in August 2006, at France's Marciac Festival, and, happily, the performance was recorded.

Like the studio set, Live In Marciac 2006 is a fiery, foot-on-the-accelerator mix of valse musettes, straight-ahead jazz, tunes derived from European and South American folk songs, a handful of tangos ...

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Richard Galliano featuring Gary Burton: If You Love Me (L'Hymne a L'Amour)

Read "If You Love Me (L'Hymne a L'Amour)" reviewed by John Kelman

Fifteen years after his death, tango legend Astor Piazolla's influence continues to be felt. Both accordionist Richard Galliano and vibraphonist Gary Burton have released tributes to the late composer/performer, and so it's no surprise that the two have joined up to mine Piazolla's music and more on If You Love Me (L'Hymne à L'Amour). They explore the paradoxical romanticism and melancholy of tango, but also delve into music as far-reaching as singer Edith Piaf, composer J.S. Bach and pianist Bill ...

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Richard Galliano: Luz Negra

Read "Luz Negra" reviewed by Chris May

A little accordion can go a long way. The instrument's blowsy, wheezing sound, perfectly fashioned to express sadness and tears, can quickly become a downer, and it takes a player with unusual gifts to transcend all that. It is no accident that two styles intimately associated with the accordion, Argentinian tango and French musette, frequently deal with loss and bad luck. Je ne regrette rien? I don't think so.

Richard Galliano has recorded several tristesse fests in his time, but ...

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Richard Galliano: Ruby, My Dear

Read "Ruby, My Dear" reviewed by Michael McCaw

As with a lot of good music, there are numerous times during Richard Galliano's Ruby, My Dear where you find yourself not hearing the instrumentation or even the song really--instead, you find yourself joyously lost in the sound being created. Ruby, My Dear isn't the album that will mark the accordion as an instrument that has arrived, however it does make a strong case for its inclusion as a legitimate jazz vehicle.Richard Galliano has been working to promote ...

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Richard Galliano: Piazzolla Forever

Read "Piazzolla Forever" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Astor Piazzolla (1923-92) took the originally blue collar Argentinean tango to new and unforeseen levels, and onto a classical plane. A virtuoso on the bandoneon – a squeeze box similar in sound to the accordion – he abandoned his plans for a European classical music career to embrace the earthier tango sounds of his homeland.Accordionist and bandoneon player Richard Galliano pays homage to the tango master on Piazzolla Forever. Like his idol, Galliano initially studied classical music, but ...

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Boxed Set (Concerts In: Richard Galliano

Read "Richard Galliano" reviewed by Jim Santella

With his distinctive, continental European flavor, Richard Galliano brings the accordion into jazz’s broad path. In his solo performances can be heard echoes of Django, Stéphane, and hundreds of other like-minded, globetrotting artists. The accordionist’s own compositions swing with an enduring jazz sensibility, while his creative improvisations pull from eclectic global resources. When he’s immersed in his own roots, such as on “French Touch,” it’s easy for the listener to drown himself in the scenery.

Galliano’s three-disc collection begins with ...

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Richard Galliano: Passatori

Read "Passatori" reviewed by AAJ Staff

What musical imagery comes to mind when you think of the accordian? Whatever your thoughts, you had better sit down when you listen to accordionist Richard Galliano's latest CD, Passatori. Backed by the Toscana orchestra, Galliano performs a progam of self-penned originals, as well as two compositions by the world-renown master of the bandoneon, Astor Piazzolla. The series of compositions on this disc range from romantic ballads to up-tempo, extended compositions that are representative of twentieth century romanticism, but incorporating ...


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