You probably must have been biting your nails, impatiently waiting and waiting for its release, so that you can compare it to the previous ones. Sorry, by " it " I mean " Haitiando, Vol. 3 - Comparengue ", recently released by Fred Paul under the Mini Records label. Well, you must have experienced the same feeling that I did : pure enjoyment. Volume 3 of Haitiando is as good as the first two volumes. I do not dare say which one is the best, you will have to make that comparison. All I can say is that I found this CD a dynamite one. Right from tune No. 1, " De pti pwason ", you have to get up and dance. This is a traditional Haitian tune played on the Comparengue beat ( a mixture of Konpa and merengue). Listen to the harmony between the flute, the piano and the guitar. This is music to your ears. Pay close attention to the bass patterns. Not once is the same note repeated, which keeps the song in constant movement. As was the case with the previous albums, you can feel the comfort level reflected in the play of the musicians which each other. The music flows with complete ease. Singer Boulo Valcourt, as usual, is impeccable. His phrasing and the nuances he introduces enhance the songs.
An added bonus and a very pleasant surprise on the album is the presence of the legendary Pierre Blain as the lead singer in five of the eleven songs. It is obvious that he never stopped singing and his voice sounds as fresh as when he sang with Nemours Jean-Baptiste and countless other groups. He does a wonderful job. Eddy Prophète is as efficient on the piano, as usual I might add. Even though he is deep into jazz, he also knows when and how to play konpa phrases when necessary. Listen to his lines in tunes No. 1 for example and particularly in tune no. 3 " Ghislaine ". His solo is exquisite, a mixture of jazz phrases and typical konpa lines, while the percussion is supporting him with an infectious rythm of konparengue. In fact, Eddy must have had quite a lot of fun revisiting some of those songs he played with either Webert Sicot, or the group " Ibo Lele ". Listen to the nice arrangement of André Romain's most famous tune " La vi mizisyen ". Again, I love the way the bass player supports the song and how Eddy is playing those wonderful jazz chords on the piano. Violinist Federico Britos is must be one of the best latin violinists I have ever heard. What a beautiful arrangement of Michel Desgrottes's " Ti Minè ". This bolero is nicely introduced by José Sibaja's flugelhorn and the melody flows from there in harmonious phrases which will make you melt.
Honestly, I cannot say which one of the tunes I like best. Believe me, I listen to the CD more than once, and each time I catch something I had not heard before. In my book, this is a sure recipe for success. The musicians are outstanding. I appreciate a whole lot the fact that E. Prophète', B. Valcourt's and F. Paul's arrangements do not overwhelm the songs. Everything falls right in place. The mixing is pretty good and the choice of tunes is excellent. If you have not purchased your copy already, you are really late and you are letting a lot of good music pass you by. Take it to your next party. I guarantee that no one will be sitting down once you put it on.