Renovated Dance Music from Paris

Denécheau Jâse Musette - Amour Java
Denécheau Jâse Musette – Amour Java

Denécheau Jâse Musette – Amour Java (Buda Musique, 2016)

This French revivalist ensemble plays a typically Parisian musical genre called musette. Denécheau Jâse demonstrate the cosmopolitan nature of this musical style by incorporating dance styles from eastern Europe, Spain and musical influences from other parts of the world, including American jazz dances like the one step and foxtrot.

The musicians’ backgrounds are very diverse. They use a mix of European and American musical instruments. The lineup includes Denis “Scotch” Gérard on banjo; Daniel Denécheau on diatonic accordions; Ophélia Bard on vocals, bigophone, percussion; Robert Santiago on jâse (ancient drum set), vocals, jazzoflûte, pipeau, quena, pepino, turbine, castanets, carillon, and vocals; Michel Esbelin on cabrette; and Christophe Pélissié on dobro.

Amour Java presents the work of musicians passionate about a popular dance music style, updating it with fresh ideas, unconventional musical instruments and good humor.

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.

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