Friday, November 11, 2016

Pierre Baro Ferret - Swing Valses

In the days when I was recording the first 78 rpm records of the great jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt for the Swing label, I had the opportunity to listen to, and record, another guitarist of no less outstanding talent : Baro Ferret. He was revolutionizing the musette waltz. Unfortunately, his work went on almost unnoticed, causing him to give up his musical career not long afterwards. Some thirty years later once again I came across one of his records, cut in 1938 for a French label, which had not considered it worthy of release at the time. I was struck by the intricacy and freshness the music still conveyed. Sharing my lucky find with others inspired a new search for Baro Ferret. We discovered that not only was the old master still alive, but that he had remained the best interpreter of that specific style. That’s how this recording began -
End of quote from Charles Delaunay. 

Pierre "Baro" Ferret
Swing Valses
d'hier et d'aujourd'hui



1 Swing Valse (Ferret, Viseur)  2:36
2 Baro Ba (Ferret)  2:28
3 Reine Musette (Malha, Peyronnin)  2:52
4 Chez Jacquet (Reinhardt)  2:15
5 La Valse à Peguri (Peguri)  2:28
6 Mintch Valse (Garcia, Ferret)  2:02
7 Ma Zaza (Ferret)  3:08
8 Règlement de compte (Ferret)  3:08
9 La Folle (Ferret)  1:58
10 L'Inattendue (Ferret)  2:15
11 Départ de Zorro (Ferret)  2:09
12 La Jungle (Ferret)  3:00


Baro Ferret - sl g
Jacques Montagne - rht g
Matelo Ferret - rht g
Geo Dali - vbs
Jean-Claude Pelletier - org
Gilbert Gassin - b
Roger Paraboschi - dr

Recorded in Paris 1965/66.


Nigel said...

This is a fun album that always reminds me of an art film...maybe the soundtrack to a French New Wave movie or something by David Lynch. There's nothing else I've heard in the "Gypsy Jazz" canon that is quite like it. Here's a little discussion of him:

And I haven't seen much talk about his particular contribution to QHCF, but I have noticed that some of the sessions that I think swing the hardest (the 1936-37 Swing/HMV sessions) feature Baro chugging away in the background.

The Irate Pirate said...

thanks very much!

salience said...

speaking of art films, does anybody know what that catchy little tune is that is played throughout La Grande Bouffe? (Marco Ferreri's 1973 classic about a weekend of superb overindulgence)

FrankDell said...

Much appreciated.

fcapeau said...

What a good idea to remind us of this great underestimated musician. Many thanks, Mel.

Stefano Ventrella said...

nice!! ...but, which pass? =|

deGallo said...

Marvelous! Thank you.

kristophermc28 said...

Many thanks Mel. Completely new to me.

V. Alonso said...

Thank you Melanchthon!

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

JMR said...

Thanks for all the impressive archiving work! Any chance of this one being upped again?

Melanchthon said...

musician3 said...

AMAZING..............................THANK YOU FOR ALL

Roberto Ferrari said...

Thanks so much!!!

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JMR said...

Excellent! Thanks!

HEXIS said...

Excellent! Thanks so much!!!

bventure said...

Sounds fascinating, thanks for the new link.