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Le Disque Francais

by Cafe Accordion Orchestra

Passionate, romantic, and powerful, this is the Gypsy-influenced music of the Parisian nightlife.
Genre: World: World Traditions
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2. Nuages
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3. C'est Si Bon
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4. Elaeudanla Teiteia
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5. La Mer
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6. Meprise
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7. Sheik of Araby
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8. Jim's Tango
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9. Jardin d'Hiver
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10. Swing 42
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11. Ton Amour C'est Ma Vie
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
At Cafe Accordion Orchestra's performances, the most frequently posed question to the band is, "Which of your CDs has the most French music?" Now, the answer is, "this one!"
This recording is a testament to CAO's ten-year love affair with French music. Many styles of French popular music from the 20th century are included here. Musette, the lovely gypsy-influenced waltz, is represented by two classics from accordion giants Tony Moreno and Jo Colombo: Indifférence and Méprise.

We pay tribute to the seminal gypsy guitarist Django Rheinhardt with two of his best-known compositions: Swing 42, and a rumba version of Nuages.

Bad-boy cultural icon Serge Gainsbourg is feted with Elaeudanla Téïtéïa, featuring our own bad-boy Joe on typewriter. CAO breaks new personal ground in a rocked-out rendition of the cabaret star's rant against rock, Chez les Yé Yé. We hope Mr. G. would appreciate the tongue-in-cheek delivery.

The influence of Latin rhythms on French popular music is evident in Henri Salvador's bolero, Jardin d'Hiver, and a 1920's mystery tango for which we have never discovered a title. We call it Jim's Tango for our friend and cover artist, Jim Dryden.

The romance of old Paris is captured in the sentimental waltz Ton Amour C'est ma Vie (Fredo Gardoni - Manuel Puig). The gaiety and abandon of the Hot Club craze is embodied in the comic Sheik of Araby (Smith-Wheeler-Snyder). Keep your pants on!

The infatuation of many American performers with French music is acknowledged in the lounge classics C'est Si Bon (Scelen-Hornez-Betti), and La Mer (Charles Trenet). These are the songs that earned CAO's music the label "world beat music of the Kennedy era".

While this collection is a tribute to music of times past, the performances are not simply re-creations. CAO brings its own ideas and creativity into play, giving a fresh, new sound to a timeless music. Whether it makes you feel like dancing, or sitting back with a glass of wine, we hope the music inspires you as much as it does us, and perhaps brings you a little closer to Paris.


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Susan Kern

Magnifique!!!!
Save yourself a trans-Atlantic flight and buy this CD to bring the charming sounds of French Cafe music into your life!!!

Don

Great variety for jazz collections.
I was introduced to the group by two Twin City area public radio stations. I enjoyed what I heard in interviews with the musicians and the music itself. The CD is fun and adds a very nice bit of variety to my jazz collection. If you like to have fun, and like good music, you should enjoy the CD.

Hidden Tracks CD reviews published in SA Life magazine, Adelaide


Vive la France, the land of culture, Armagnac and accordion music, a true taste of French music is now available from The Café Accordion Orchestra (CAO). This quintet, led by Dan Newton on accordion and vocals, epitomises French music, even though they all hail from Minneapolis Missouri in the United States. The CAO have the ability to transport you back to a Parisian pavement café where this passing group of "Bal Musette" musicians will entertain you with the gypsy-influenced dance music which became so popular in France from the 1920’s through to the 1950’s. The CAO sound is an eclectic blend of accordion, mandolin, fiddle, bass, percussion and atmospheric vocals, ranging through a diverse mix of gypsy, Latin, and European dance music. Le Disque Français is filled with superbly presented Gallic morsels which include the elegant lounge standards C’est Si Bon and Charles Trenet’s La Mere while the graceful bolero Jardin D’Hiveris is also a stand out track. Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt is remembered in Swing 42 and a rumba treatment of Nuages, even enfant terrible Serge Gainsbourg is represented with versions of his Elaeudanla Téïtéïa and a frantic adaptation of Chez les Yé Yé. Let the CAO take you on a trip to Paris.

Mary Schneider

The CD is WONDERFUL!!
We heard the Cafe Accordion Orchestra at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis and immediately fell in love with the music and the group. We recently ordered the CD and have listened to it endlessly and have transferred it to our iPods. The Cafe Accordian Orchestra is made up of very talented and entertaining musicians. We will definitely purchase more of their CDs.

penny

Le Disque Francais
I love this! Some of my earliest records were of french accordion music, [including things like the Maigret soundtrack] so as well as enjoying it right now, it brings back good memories. A great selection!

Mary

What fun!
Heard the group interviewed on local public radio and ordered what might very well become the background music for company gala with Parisian bistro theme. Will try it out (many times!) over dinner at home with friends. Voila!

Tim Morris

Incredible! I love it!
This CD is fantastic... such a wonderful blend of cultures and sounds, well mixed, exceptional artistic talent- what a great buy!

Mike West

Pure magic! A job well done. That covers my appreciation.
Ditto..see #3

Jo-Dee

One of my favorite CDs
Basically, I agree with all the reviewers and can't add much more, except, all my friends who have heard it want it. Guess that makes christmas shopping easy this year. Make sure the stock shelves are full CD Baby.

Jay

Great arrangements, great musicianship
I was looking for afro/cuban music when I ran across this group. I had just returned from Belgium and when I closed my eyes and listened to this CD; !VOILA! I was back at my favorite brassierie with a petite pichet of vin rouge! This CD captures the feeling of Parisian cafe so completely it is scary.
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