Saturday, February 16, 2013

Gus Viseur - Compositions (1934-1942)

French musette accordion (with its very strong Italian roots) was, till very recently a grossly neglected splendor of 20th century urban music. The phenomenal Gus Viseur played musette with the best besides helping to create the accordion-jazz style called manouche. There's a generous selection of fine music on the Viseur collection (which includes other musicians playing his pieces). Gorgeous music, wonderful mastering, fine notes.
John Storm Roberts

Source :

Gus Viseur


1 Jeannette (Ferrari, Viseur)  2:29
2 Flambée Montalbanaise (Viseur)  2:41
3 Winds and Strings (Andalouise) (Ferret, Viseur)  3:15
4 Douce Joie (Viseur)  3:04
5 Anomalie (Géo, Viseur)  3:00
6 Automne (Viseur)  2:20
7 Soir de Venise (Viseur)  2:52
8 Soir de Dispute (Morino, Viseur)  2:26
9 Philippe's Stomp (Viseur)  2:42
10 Souvenir de Bruxelles (Viseur)  2:47
11 L' Incomprise (Viseur)  3:10
12 Swing Accordéon (Stower, Viseur)  2:22
13 Swing Valse (Ferret, Viseur)  2:30
14 Matelotte (Viseur)  3:19
15 Gracieusette (Viseur)  2:38
16 Josette (Viseur)  2:54
17 L' Imprévu (Colombo, Viseur)  2:56
18 Jeannette (Ferrari, Viseur)  2:58

Featuring Gus Viseur, Pierre "Baro" Ferret, Jean "Matelo" Ferret, Etienne "Sarane" Ferret, Challain Ferret, Maurice Speilleux, Joseph Reinhardt, Marius Coste, Philippe Brun, Joseph Solero, Tony Murena, André Lluis, Joseph Colombo, Tito Colombo, etc...

Recorded in Paris and Bruxelles ; between 1934 & November 5, 1942


wouter said...

great surprise, mel!
i like gus viseur very much, will start my sunday morning with him...

thank you!

swamielmo said...

i think i will love this. i am a fan of french accordeon. i lived for a while in the massif central and had friends who played bourrees and i really like marc perrone. thank you mel

zero said...

This looks delightful. Thanks for the fine treat.

Jaffa said...

Nice one, for sure. I know the jazzier side of GV but am very curious about the Musette-tracks !
Thanks very much, indeed :-)

Blue Eyes said...

Yes, for me, Gus Viseur is the best in this style! (the French musette accordion) great, great post Melanchthon! (la technologie moderne fait des miracles maintenant avec le "mastering"!)

Philo said...

Wonderful! This style of accordion is a lot of fun. Thanks Mel.

El Tortuga said...

Thank you Mel! again and again your site is a source of joy and wonder!

Melanchthon said...

CrunchyFrog said...

this is a great discovery for me... thanks so much for the chance to hear it!

jamzo said...

i lost your site and have just recovered it

thank you for your time and your passion

Julius L said...

All links are broken! Can you reupload, PLEASE?

coline said...

Bonjour Melanchthon,

C'est vrai que le lien "Gus Viseur - Compositions (1934-1942" est mort depuis longtemps.

Lors d'un dimanche pluvieux… p’têt bien…

En tous cas, merci pour tout le travail notamment de présentation