Contribution from an Anonymous FY's friend.
Thank you. This album deserves!
Here are four musicians who do not claim to form a group as evidenced by the lack of a name for this ensemble. The cover says he is simply the meeting between the two protagonists of the 1995 CD (already ...) "Water and almonds", Frédéric Paris and Gilles Chabenat, (I will not make you The insult to present you ...) and two Flemish musicians then quasi beginners at the time and who have made their way since, thanks to the influence of this recording of the past century ;-). Accordionist Wim Claeys is now well known, particularly for its role in of Ambrozijn and Tref . He also played for several years in duo with Marteen Decombel, certainly the least known of the four thieves here, guitarist and mandolin player who also rotates with the bagpipe Remi Decker and with Wim Claeys in Goze and works with Urban Trad , Ambrozijn , Naragonia Etc ...
If, as I said in the introduction, our four musicians do not pretend to form a real band and if this recording is more simply presented as the recording of a concert in 2005, it is quite different from listening : The listener can only feel the true symbiosis between the four instrumentalists and if the clarinet and, to a lesser extent, the hurdy-gurdy, are sometimes a little more on the front, there is really a group sound that does not incite Not at all to realize
an analytical listening musician by musician. It is much more enjoyable to be caught by this overall sound at the service of an expression present at each note. Moreover, the quality of the sound recording is almost that of the studio.
Hardly any new melodies here but of the picks of well chosen standards. The advantage of being called F. Paris or G. Chabenat is to be able to draw standards in his own repertoire. They do not deprive themselves of it and it is not I who will complain, especially since the way they revisit them justifies these new recordings. Mr. Decombel and Mr. Claeys also each brought a piece.
"In Flanders" certainly evokes for some of you a scottisch from F. Paris and, for others, one of the most beautiful songs of our traditional repertoire ("We will go to Flanders"). In order not to be jealous, the two succeed each other here, the second in a truly gripping version from beginning to end, with just the right thing to return to the theme from time to time. Also note a very nice resumption of the mazurka "L'anternaire" (here, it is written like that!) more minor than ever ...
01 - Ou t'en vas-tu
02 - Van Belle nr 56
03 - Nous irons en Flandre
04 - En Flandre
05 - L'anternaire
06 - Marouska
07 - Baudimic - Adele - Bleu nuit - La mante
08 - 1-11
09 - Doedelyoudo
10 - Le fil - Montagnarde
11 - Les moissons
12 - L'impasse
13 - Bonus
Wim CLAEYS (Accordéon diatonique)
Frédéric PARIS (Cornemuse, Clarinette, Flûte)
Gilles CHABENAT (Vielle à Roue [Hurdy-gurdy])
Maarten DECOMBEL (Guitare, Mandole)