Style : Gipsy swing, Jazz
Released : 2005
Label : LEPM
Size : 61.2 mb
Audio : 320 kbps
1. Take Five
2. Ardilla Swing
3. Indolence Bresilienne
4. Petite Pomme
5. La Valse Des Loves
7. I Remember Chet
9. Hot Brass
11. Ballade en la Mineur
Player(s): Rene Briaval, Jan Van Naeltwijck, Gilbert Briaval, Coco Briaval, Remi Bourrin, Zeze Briaval
The first recording of the Briaval family goes back to 1965! Henri "Coco" Briaval, guitar, born in 1949 and Rene, drums, born in 1951 were considered prodigies in the jazz circles.(they opened for Otis Redding at the Olympia) Their mother is a Manouche sinti and their father a Yenich Gypsy; We understand better that for them family is first and foremost! Zeze, born in 1971 joins the group in 1986 playing the clarinet. On this recording the young Pascal, Alexandre, and Chantal Briaval as well as Remi Bourrin on bass join them. Naturally the Briavals had played the music of the master Django reinhardt in an era where this music was not exactly in fashion. Gaining in maturity they finally acquired the serenity to play their own music. On this disc they cover four standards: Djangology, J'Attendrais, Gypsy and Dave Brubek's Take Five (Coco must have listened extensively to the Elek Bacsik's version from the sixties) but foremost they play eight of their own compositions written in the jazz idiom but played in an old fashioned style, almost like dance music.(i.e Indolence Bresilienne) Real quality music, a music that takes its time alternating swing (i.e the perfect Petite Pomme)waltzes or ballads (the superb I Remember Chet)a music that is fresh and inspired. They do not try to emulate anybody, there are really a Briaval's style and sound!
On the guitar Coco is almost like a symbiosis of 1953 Django Reinhardt and Charlie Christian, really fluid, airy and singing (i.e his solo on Compococo)
The whole disc is really pleasurable, a "blast from the past" from a group that has always been under-estimated. Viva "les Briavals"
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