Saturday, August 16, 2008

Haricots Rouges

( Naar de Nederlandse vertaling.) Franse Bruine Bonen
Charquet et Co, Orpheon Celesta, Le Petit Jazz Band de Mr. Morel, Hot Antic Jazz Band, the Anachronic Jazz Band and Les Haricot Rouges. Great French Traditional Styled jazz music.
Some weeks ago I found a great double LP by Les Haricots Rouges titled At The Dixieland Band Ball. The 2LP is a compilation album of Les Haricot Rouges recordings from the mid 1960s and contains more then twenty tracks of most Dixieland standards from the Tiger Rag up to the Sheik of Araby.


Les Haricots Rouges was founded early 1960s by Pierre Jean and Gérard Tarquin and is still active nowadays. I found an early film fragment I love to share with you, where you can see Les Haricots Rouges as an intermission act during the 1966 Eurovision Song Contest. The Eurovision Song Contest is an annual contest between European countries to find out the most popular artist of the moment - nowadays the contest isn't as popular as it was twenty years ago, as new European states and money dominate the show.

On this fragment Les Haricots Rouges play in the typically Dixieland style of the 1960s - static, too fast and the sound and rhythm of two banjos is dominating. In fact, on the film and on the album they play Dixieland in a style that was popular in those days. The tunes selected are also the tunes from the traditional Dixieland song book and where played by all Dixieland bands in those days. There is one exception: Strange Fruit, the great protest song, Billie Holiday's indictment against racial discrimination. Les Haricots Rouges brings it with a screaming clarinet as a blues pur sang, which might be played by Gérard Tarquin, but there is no discographical info on the cover. A great performance, of a tune, normally played in more contemporary jazz styles. Why the Anachronic Jazz Band didn’t record this tune?
Les Haricots Rouges is still active and the music sounds now more professional, more entertaining and swinging!! And they give their performances a lot of humour. Humour is very important, because most visitors of concerts love to be entertained while they enjoy the music.
I love to share with you another fragment ..... the Haricots Rouges - as they sound nowadays .......to be entertained. I don't know if the missing sound half way is part of the show or a bad recording. well, never mind ... enjoy it!!

This double album, Les Haricots Rouges - at The Dixieland Band Ball has become a character of an era, not really interesting for the music, except for the Billy Holiday tune Strange Fruit. Les Haricots Rouges nowadays is a band which reminds me of the great French traditional jazz bands from the 1970s and 1980 and plays in a style like Le Petit Jazz Band de Mr. Morel, directed by Jean-Pierre Morel plays nowadays!! And if you happen to have this 2LP in your collection and the music can't fascinate you anymore, don't sell it ...... the cover is really great and tasty !!
Hans Koert - keepswinging@live.nl

Nine Hundred - 900:
This daily Keep swinging blogs will reached its 900th edition this week.
Ik feliciteer je met je Keepswinging activiteiten. (= Congratulations with your Keep Swinging activities). Je hebt veel info vergaard en naar buiten gebracht. (= You shared a lot of info ) Weinigen zullen zo serieus als jij bezig zijn geweest. (= But few people will take this so seriously.) Ik vond je algemene site (met alfabetische lijst) erg handig. (= I really appreciated your survey site with alphabetical information.) Zal mijn bandleden en wie ook verder erop wijzen. ( = I'll point my band members and others to that site). Veel succes in de toekomst ( = Good luck in the future ) Georg - Feb. 2008 (The Netherlands)

Keep swinging

Hans Koert


keepswinging@live.nl

Nederlands ( To the English translation ) - Haricots Rouges

De Franse traditionele Jazz staat voor mij garant voor hot swingende interpretaties van jazzklassiekers door bands als Charquet et Co, Orpheon Celesta, Le Petit Jazz Band de Mr. Morel, Hot Antic Jazz Band, the Anachronic Jazz Band en Les Haricots Rouges, letterlijk de Bruine Bonen. Onlangs vond ik een dubbel-lp met historische opnamen van Les Haricots Rouges, die nu erg gedateerd klinken. Houwen of weg doen? Lees het in Franse Bruine Bonen.

Negenhonderd - 900:
Deze dagelijkse Keep Swinging weblog bereikte deze week zijn 900ste editie
Ik feliciteer je met je Keepswinging activiteiten. Je hebt veel info vergaard en naar buiten gebracht. Weinigen zullen zo serieus als jij bezig zijn geweest. Ik vond je algemene site (met alfabetische lijst) erg handig. Zal mijn bandleden en wie ook verder erop wijzen. Veel succes in de toekomst. Georg ( feb. 2008)
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Hans Koert


keepswinging@live.nl

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