[Dixielandjazz] Anachronic Jazz Band
Craig I. Johnson
civanj at adelphia.net
Sun Dec 19 18:26:35 PST 2004
The following is listed at the Musicmatch web site. I have not searched further, but plan to as
my interest has been piqued.
The idea for this French group is so logical that it is surprising that it was not done previously. The trad jazz nonet (which includes four horns
and a five-piece rhythm section with sousaphone and string bass) performed the melodies and sometimes the chord structures of bop tunes
to hilarious effect, making the 1940s and '50s modern tunes sound as if they were being performed in 1928. They recorded two albums for
the French Open label and one for the German Calig company, playing unique renditions of such unlikely tunes as "Yardbird Suite," "Pent Up House,
" "Move," "Joy Spring" and even "Giant Steps." Before their eventual breakup the group (which included trumpeter Patrick Artero,
trombonist Daniel Barda and Marc Richard and Andre Villeger on reeds) performed at quite a few European festivals, but unfortunately never
in the United States. Their three recordings, one of which has guest appearances by singer Beryl Bryden, are collector's items.
~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
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