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Ten Years Ago

Milan 399 235-2



1. Michelangelo 70
2. Teulada
3. Ten Years Ago
4. Rue de Maubeuge
5. Tango pour Claude
6. Poème
7. Coloriage
8. Giselle
9. Take Eleven
Richard Galliano - Accordion
Frank Vaganée - Lead alto and soprano sax, flute, artistic director
Dieter Limbourg - Alto and soprano sax, clarinet, flute
Kurt Van Herck - Tenor sax, flute, clarinet
Bart Defoort - Tenor sax, clarinet
Bo Van der Werf - Baritone sax, bass clarinet
Serge Plume - Lead trumpet and flugelhorn
Nico Schepers, Pierre Drevet, Jeroen Van Malderen - Trumpets,
Marc Godfroid - Lead trombone
Lode Mertens, Ben Fleerakkers - Trombones
Laurent Hendrick - Bass trombone
Jos Machtel - Bass
Klaas Balijon - Drums

I seem to have reviewed an awful lot of Richard Galliano albums recently. I don't mean they are awful - I just mean they are very numerous. He must be one of the hardest-working musicians around. Yet every Galliano album is worth hearing, because he is so talented and he plays with such a diversity of groups.

This is his first album with a big band - the highly-esteemed Brussels Jazz Orchestra, which accompanies him magnificently as well as supplying some noteworthy soloists - such as saxist Frank Vaganée and trombonist Marc Godfroid. Richard Galliano allows these musicians their space but Galliano is understandably the main soloist on every track - as well as the composer of all the tunes except Michelangelo 70 (written by Astor Piazolla).

Richard also arranged half the tracks on the CD, the other half being arranged by Bert Joris. Both arrangers manage successfully the difficult task of integrating the accordion into the context of a big band. The styles range widely: from tangos to such swingers as Teulada, gently bouncy tunes (e.g. Rue de Maubeuge and Take Eleven) and quietly reflective pieces like Giselle and the title-track. There is even an Eastern atmosphere to the final Taraf, with Frank Vaganée's alto sax weaving around as if he is snake-charmer.

All the musicianship is impeccable and this is yet another triumphant album from Richard Galliano.

Tony Augarde





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