HENRI GUEDON - NOMADISME MUSICAL AUX CARAIBES (France, 1993).
And now something completely different ... This a very interesting album recorded in 1993 by French West Indian percusionnist Henri Guédon. It is a suite build around the traditionnal dance Mazurka, a style that was once popular in the French West Indies. The album encompasses a whole range of musical styles: mazurka, traditionnal French West Indian percussions, steel pan, salsa, biguine, classical and jazz. Amazing album!
Henri GUEDON (born May 22, 1944 in Fort de France in Martinique - died on February 12, 2006 in Paris, France after heart surgery) was a Martiniquan percussionist. His first band was called La Contesta and he organised it when he was 20. He was awarded a Maracas d'Or the first year the awards ran. In 1983, Philippe Langlais invited him to compose a mix of classical and jazz with his orchestra, the rsulting composition called Opéra Triangulaire. He was a judo champion 1963-65. Multiple albums fused Antillean rhythms with other music from around the world. Guedon was instrumental in exporting the new sound of 60s and 70s Latin -guaguanco, boogaloo, salsa, descarga - to France and the rest of Europe. When Guedon began placing his percussion instruments at the front of the stage in the style of his great influence Ray Barretto, French audience members found themselves shocked and intrigued. Soon enough, greats like El Conde and Pacheco were touringFrance. Were it not for Henri Guedon, Europe could have conceivably taken years to move forward from mambo and cha-cha-cha. (source: Wikipedia). Here is an obituary in English.
En 1993, avec la collaboration de la Ville de Courbevoie, il crée Nomadisme Musical aux Caraibes, suite de Mazurkas et diverses danses Caraibes avec la participation de l'ensemble instrumental “Parenthèses” avec la chanteuse Yoianda
Hernandez el ie pianiste Georges Rabol (of Baroque Jazz Trio fame).
Worth mentionning too is the contribution of caribbean jazz pianist / organist Georges-Edouard NOUEL. Nouel has played with names such as