Jean Loup LONGNON – CYCLADES (France, 1992)
Les Extraordinaires Aventures de Barnabé, le Petit Cochon Voyageur
DO NOT MISS THIS ONE !
The Greek Islands seem to have been a source of inspiration for Jazzmen (just of few hints: Neil Ardley’s Greek Variations, Graham Collier was a long-time resident, Slim Gaillard got stranded on one of them …).
It is difficult to describe the music which is basically bop-based but very diverse and varied.
“Mikonos”, the first track, is the funkier with an Eastern feel, Fender Rhodes, strong horns ... Sounds like Peter Herbolzheimer meeting the Brecker Brothers in the Aegean Sea. Strong soli from Robert Persi on Fender Rhodes, Chritstian Laborde on tenor, JL Longnon on trumpet.
“Paros” introduces the string section and has Stephane Grappelli as guest solois.
“Naxos” is another string-drenched track with a beautiful solo by Jean-Loup Longnon.
“Santorin” starts like a Debussy piece with Jean-Michel Pilc wistling … then JLL on trumpet. It has a very cinematographic atmosphere.
“Andros” opens with the string section and gradually build up with excellent soli by Lionel Belmondo (tenor sax), Hervé Sellin (piano), JL Longnon (Couesnon fluegelhorn).
“La Grece en Automne” is a symphonic piece.
“To Telephteo Blues”. opens with bluesy harp chords reminiscent of Dorothy Ashby then goes into a boppish blues with again excellent soli (Hervé Sellin on piano, and others) and ends with JLL’s scatting.
“Encore du Bop” No string section in this one, a plain big band bop cooker with a succession of strong soli.
“La Marseillaise” This is the fun track, a bossa version of La Marseillaise with Brasilian lyrics.
This is one of the great under-rated French albums of the Nineties.
Currently OOP. Grab it! Full scan included.