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Le Chant Du Diable Bleu

by Grand Marquis

Proving that the musical heritage that moved Kansas City in her prime are alive and well, and taken a step further. It's original music that jumps and swings, while also venturing into moodier material, full of energy & emotion.
Genre: Blues: Jazzy Blues
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1. Daisies
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2. Kiss Of Fire
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3. Change My Way of Living
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4. No More Worries
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5. Sun is Shining
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6. Ballcrusher
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7. Single Malt Serenade
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8. Bad Dream Blues
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LIMITED STOCK
THIS IS ONE OF THE LAST REMAINING PHYSICAL COPIES!!!!
Available digitally/mp3, etc. for a low, low price!
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***The new Grand Marquis CD "Hold On To Me" has just been released!!!***
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Also check out our other releases: "Grand Marquis," "Burlesk" and "One More Day"
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Le Chant Du Diable Bleu is the Grand Marquis' second release, from 2002. This recording not only jumps and swings, but has a moodier quality at times, adding depth and showcasing the band's versatility. The sound is fuller with the addition of trumpet, and the band sounds more mature and seasoned while retaining energy. Hidden track? Buy it and find out.

The band still plays these tunes live, but often with a different perspective and interpretation. Lead vocals are Slim Hanson on this release. Hear the Grand Marquis' early days!

The Grand Marquis prove that the jazz, swing and blues heritage that moved Kansas City in her prime are alive and well. Lead vocalist and guitar man Carl "Slim" Hanson belts out classics along with the band's original work. The 5-piece is made of Hanson, Lisa McKenzie jamming on drums, Bryan Redmond on every saxophone known to man, Ben Ruth slapping an upright bass, and Chad Boydston wailing trumpet.
Nailing down exactly how to refer to Marquis' style and music is difficult, due to their mixing and blending of swing, blues and jazz. Redmond refers to their style as "rhythm and roll," but no matter what you call it, their music is fun, distinctive and enjoyable. Redmond credits part of the Grand Marquis' unique sound to the African drumbeats incorporated by McKenzie. McKenzie took traditional African drum lessons while studying anthropology in Ghana. "I think it definitely adds a New Orleans style," said McKenzie. "That (Africa) is where the New Orleans style came from."
The musical quality of the album is simply superb.
On a self-produced and self-promoted CD from a band that still works day jobs to support themselves, the music is better than most mass-produced studio work.
The album opens with a swinging tune "Daisies" that, while the music is upbeat, laments over a love now gone and buried.
"Change My Way of Living" has a big band feel with a quick pace and features some wicked saxophone work.
"No More Worries" slows the pace down, digging into blues roots with a slow, sad saxophone playing counterpoint to a wailing trumpet.
Hanson's vocals are perfect for the sound Grand Marquis has created, lending a deep, rough edge and a clear power that carries listeners through every song.
The album finishes with two more slower tunes, "Single-Malt Serenade" and the heavy "Bad Dream Blues."
"Bad Dream Blues" is followed by an amazing hidden track that sounds like a spoken word piece with music rather than a song.
"Le Chant du Diable Bleu" (translated "The Chant of the Blue Devil") was named in honor of Walter Page's Blue Devils, a renowned "Territory Band" led by Walter Page, that included musicians such as "Count" Basie and "Hot Lips" Page.

"We've always stayed excited about our music because we know we've got something people need to hear," said Redmond.
-summary of review by Courtney Farr, JCCC Campus Ledger 01/2003


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kurt a. browning

IT'S HOT DADDY-O!
the band gets REAL dirty on this album. its a must have. better yet, hear them live in kansas city!!!

Auzie Harrell

No More Worries is an awesome song!!!
This CD is another step in the Grand Marquis's rise to musical recognition. The song Daisies mixes different styles of music for the unique sound it has. The whole CD is extremely well put together. The song No More Worries has a special meaning for me. Thanks Grand Marquis!!

Shelly Redmond

Another Good One!
Another great musical experience authored by the Grand Marquis. You will not be disappointed - just proves that some things do get better with age!!!!!!

Philmo

Ass-Kickin' music
these guys kick ass. nothing else to say. unless.........you don't know. if you like the magic flying fingers on guitar and bass. kidney curdling sax and trumpet and bowel shaking percussion. why do you treat me this way? you will not like this if you don't like blues, jazz or swing. or benny goodman.this band is wayyyy better than those guys who were on swingers.

Philmo

Ass-Kickin' music
these guys kick ass. nothing else to say. unless.........you don't know. if you like the magic flying fingers on guitar and bass. kidney curdling sax and trumpet and bowel shaking percussion. why do you treat me this way? you will not like this if you don't like blues, jazz or swing. or benny goodman.this band is wayyyy better than those guys who were on swingers.

Andrew Turner

Something new
I was just browsing and came across this disc. I had heard the Grand Marquis mentioned on the radio on a rockabilly show and I'm into finding new music that still has good roots. This is a hot disc and I hope they come out with more soon.

Kansas City Call

What a follow-up
Our favorite is the hidden track, although the rest of the tunes are great as well. You can hear a lot of older influences and they have a great mature sound unlike a lot of bands in their company. Great stuff.