There hasn’t been a popular dance without an accordion, nor a dance-hall without a waltz, since the end of the Great War. You wonder if the genre was ever “modern” at all, so timeless does it seem… Yet it had to be born at some time, and its parents were a motley crowd indeed! First of all came the people from Auvergne, who began to settle in Paris at the beginning of the 19th century: they brought their “folk” instrument with them, and the “musette” tradition, turning their cafes and restaurants into dance-halls with an accordion band. Later, after 1870, it was the turn of the Italians, who crossed the Alps with an instrument of German origin, which they quickly adopted and began to manufacture themselves: the accordion. Then a third stream from Belgium and the North arrived in Paris to work in the factories, and, later still, the wandering gypsy communities of eastern Europe added their guitars to the sound of the accordion.
After the success of their first album « A suivre », the PJBB members have now chosen the Mediterranean as a playground. In a festive and warm atmosphere, their music is sometimes full of energy, sometimes of sensuality. The big band is still conducted by trumpet player Nicolas Folmer and saxist Pierre Bertrand, who composed almost all the pieces, except for two that were composed by their guest, the accordion player Richard Galliano.
Excellent addition to any celtic-folk music collection.
Angelo DiPippo, arrranger and conductor has been rated as one of the best arrangers on both sides of the Atlantic. His arrangements have been featured on hundredths of recordings and performances with such stars as, James Earl Jones, Robert Merrill, Eddie Fisher, Donald O' Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Billy Eckstine, etc.
Squeezebox frenzy on this collection that features the talents of the finest accordionists in the classical and jazz worlds - Peter and Mady Soave, Richard Galliano, Sebastiano Zorza and Denis Biasin. They perform a variety of settings: solo, duo with Nando de Luca on piano or Hamilton de Hollanda on mandolin, or as part of a quartet.
"Cordes et Lames" raconte l'histoire d'une famille de musiciens rassemblés autour d'une personnalité singulière du paysage jazzistique parisien, le guitariste Dominique Cravic. Dans cette famille, il y a le frère, le guitariste Didier Roussin. De leur complicité musicale naîtra "Juju-Doudou" (1988), un album qui mélange avec une désinvolture savante biguine, tango, valse et blues et marie en un patchwork joyeusement métissé guitares, dobro, violon (Dominique Pifarely), harmonica (Olivier Blavet et J.J. Milteau) et saxophone (Steve Lacy).On y rencontre également l'accordéoniste Francis Varis. Son association avec Cravic donnera en 1982 naissance à un quartet unissant guitare et accordéon…