In memory of Johnny Peret

In memory of Johnny Peret
In memory of my friend Johnny Peret, vibist, drummer, accordeonist extraordinaire

Monday, May 9, 2011


 NO VIBRATO - CINQ DE COEUR (Belgium, 1997).

As a pianist Etienne Richard is no virtuoso, nor is he a great improviser.  He knows his limitations (he was 32 when he decided to become a musician) and leaves ample rooms for his fellow band members to stretch and shine. Mind you, Etienne  ain’t no slouch either but his real talent is somewhere else.  Etienne Richard is a composer.  He has a rare talent for writing beautiful melodies, simple and luscious at the same time.  He serves  the melody line to his companions and let them take it and develop it.  It works pretty well.  Listen to the melody of “Epate-Moi” (litteraly “Amaze me!” but also a wordplay as the theme is reminiscent of a Pat Metheny’s musical phrase).  Saxophonist Fabrice Aleman shines through these eight compositions which flow naturally from one to the other.  Beautiful album, well balanced, very musical. 

Highly recommended.

  Track list: 
1. Call Me 
2. Cinq De Coeur 
3. Fais-Moi Mal 
4. I Hate Flies 
5. Un Jour Bleu 
6. The Revenge 
7. Epate-Moi 
8. Prétexte Pour Un Mineur Blues 

All songs composed by Etienne Richard.

Etienne Richard (p), Fabrice Alleman (ts, ss), Bart Zegers (acoustic bass), Bilou Doneux (d, perc)

CD currently OOP.


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  2. I like it a lot, clear simple but not simplist.

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  4. RE UP: