Press Promo La Libelula
In the promo you can listen to a fragment of all tracks of the CD. Go to the video.
by Vivian Thomas
February 14, 2013
For lovers of French music, Putumayo has done it again. The company that specializes in world music had already released two of my favorite French CDs: Paris, featuring modern takes on classic French chansons; and French Café, which mixes the songs of such legends as Georges Brassens, Serge Gainsbourg, Jane Birkin and Barbara with those of talented new voices. Now they’re coming out with Vintage France, to be released February 26, offering the music of several generations of French musicians inspired by the tunes that were popular in France in the early to mid-1900s.
For years I stated that bluesharp players are not really serious musicians, but that was before I met Tinus Koorn, a Dutch diatonic harmonica player that really made the bluesharp into an instrument. Tinus plays jazz on a diatonic harmonica while I thought that this was only possible on a chromatic harmonica… It appears that Tinus is the only harmonica player in the Netherlands that graduated from the conservatory! By bending the notes he can play any song he likes.
About six months ago I was approached by “Jazz host” Kent Hanson, advisor for the organization of the South Sea Jazz festival, asking if I would like to provide a guest appearance with the famous Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw. This band is named as one of the five best jazz orchestras in the world. This was a dream come true. On Friday, September 21 was the day.
One of the highlights of the Noosa Jazz Festival 2012 in Australia was the performance of vocalist Toni Zaffa and her band. Together with pianist Ross Nixon, Peter Walters on Bass and Trent Bryson-Dean on the drums she showed the audience of the Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club her outstanding talent. I have been to the yaught club many times, but this was really something special. The audience was listening, almost affraid to breath, to the amazing show of Toni. It was impossible for me just to listen to these great musicians.
Record company Putumayo will release a CD with the name Vintage France in the United States in October 2012 . On this compilation original Frech melodies can be found, but these melodies are all instrumentals. From harmonica player Martijn Luttmers’s first CD “La Libelula” the track “Les Parapluies de Cherbourg” will be included. If the CD will be available in The Netherlands is not known.
Eddie Conard is a very talented singer, one of the best percussionists in Europe, a very creative composer and renowned musical inovator. He is famous for his unconventional interpretations of Jazz, Funk, Latin, Pop and Dance music. Eddie performed with artists such as Sting, Chaka Khan, The Pointer Sisters, Toto, Al Jarreau, Soul Sister and Wall Street Crash among others. Recently Eddie was chosen by music-magazine Stage to receive the Percussionist of all Ages Award.
George Washingmachine, a festival favorite, swinging and eccentric singer as well as a dazzling violin player, accomplished actor and unabashed showman was again the favorite of the public during the Noosa Jazzfestival 2010. Singing and fiddling aside, George is a multi-insturmentalist – proficient on the double bass, guitar or anything with strings.
About six years ago I started thinking about making a CD. Today the master CD and the artwork were sent to a CD replication company!!! Although the project is not finished yet, the process of selecting, arranging, recording, editing and mastering is ready. Together with my friends Paul Poulissen, Lex Tanger, Rico de Jeer, Martin Jagt and of course Mathilde Keij, we have made a great CD that will get the name La Libelula.