Joue Brassens: Au Bois De Mon Coeur

Joue Brassens: Au Bois De Mon Coeur

by Christian EscoudeChristian Escoude


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Veteran French guitarist Christian Escoudé explores the music of French songwriter/poet Georges Brassens, a popular artist in his homeland, though his music had been somewhat neglected until a flurry of recordings made after the turn of the century by various artists. Brassens' uncomplicated yet elegant melodies provide a great launching pad for improvisation. Though he plays electric guitar for most of the sessions, Escoudé captures the essence of Gypsy jazz in many of the performances, though with instrumentation that varies from the format established by Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli in their quintet. The lyrical interplay within "La Non-Demande en Marriage" is complemented by the solos of violinist Fiona Monbet and the leader. "Cupidon S'en Fout" swings like mad, with fellow electric guitarist Jean-Baptiste Laya providing a great foil for Escoudé. "Dans l'Eali de la Claire Fontaine" features the young prodigy Swan Berger with two fine solos bracketing Escoudé's feature. With American distribution of this rewarding record date (first issued by Universal France in 2011), perhaps the valuable music of Georges Brassens will gain greater exposure to American jazz fans.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/19/2012
Label: Sunnyside
UPC: 0016728308922
catalogNumber: 3089
Rank: 124819

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Christian Escoude   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Soloist
Biréli Lagrène   Acoustic Guitar,Soloist,Guest Appearance
André Villéger   Clarinet,Soloist
Valerie Duchateau   Classical Guitar,Guest Appearance
Pierre Boussaguet   Bass,Soloist
Anne Pacéo   Drums
Jean-Baptiste Laya   Electric Guitar,Soloist
Fiona Monbet   Violin,Soloist
Swan Berger   Acoustic Guitar,Soloist,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Christian Escoude   Arranger
Georges Brassens   Composer
Jean-Philippe Allard   Producer
Patrice Beausejour   Paintings
Vincent Mahey   Engineer
Jean-Baptiste Laya   Arranger
Maxime Leforestier   Liner Notes
Yann Olivier   Executive Producer

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