18/04/2007

Cafe de Paris 1930-41 - 24 Accordion Classics from the Boulevards of Paris (2005)

«This was the first of Music Club's two compilations dedicated to the bal-musette, an accordion-based tradition that, to many, is the very soul of Paris. While the subsequent release, Sound of Paris, concentrates primarily on modern bands, these 24 tracks cover some of the best-known interpreters who were active from 1930 through 1941. The ambience here is quite different from that of the second set, more like a black-and-white photo by Robert Doisneau than a tourist's color-saturated Polaroid. The performers are barely two generations removed from the homesick Auvergnat (natives of the Auvergne, a mountainous region in southern France) migrant workers who once puffed their imported bagpipes at bar dances. Although the more cooperative Italian accordion eventually replaced the pipes and fiddles, guitars, and double reeds were later added to the mix, the waltzes and javas retained a defiantly rustic, naïve charm. The instrumentals are intensely redolent of an earthier Paris back when it was a festival of intellectual grace, dubious plumbing, and bawdy pleasures, hovering on the perilous brink of war...

Robert Doisneau
L'accordeoniste, rue Mouffetard (1953)

Robert Doisneau
Les Tueurs Melomanes (The Accordionist), Paris (1953)

...Emile Vacheur, a much-imitated icon whose precise squeezebox technique featured a trademark quick vibrato, is represented by a delightful pair of melodies. Among the other important orchestras on hand are Tony Murena et son Ensemble, Guerino et son Orchestre, Medard Ferrero et ses Clochards, Orchestre Musette Victor, and Gus Viseur et son Orchestre. Mainstream music hall and movie stars of the day such as Jean Gabin and Damia add an urbane touch, while Edith Piaf's legendary "L'Accordioniste" still sounds as fresh and poignant as the day it was released.» (AMG)

Robert Doisneau
Sunday Morning in Arcueil (1945)

Sources:

http://www.robertdoisneau.com/accordeoniste.htm
http://www.artnet.com/artist/5334/robert-doisneau.html

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Anonymous said...

thanks for this! been diggin' on the accordion lately. I like yr site.
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valery said...

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Valery said...

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Annie Body said...

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Anonymous said...

Wonderful, evocative music. Memories are being stirred as I listen. Thanks, mate.

John_R in Western Australia

mulungo said...

MERCI!!!

Anonymous said...

Brilliant selection of music here. Just one suggestion, as these are all mono recordings, set your mp3 ripper to mono and reduce the file sizes by half.

Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

cheers for this! digging that accordion sound lately. I really appreciate yr fine choice in music here.

Anonymous said...

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carlos freitas said...

Merci, Merci

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