Gitane Cajun

Gitane Cajun

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by Beausoleil
     
 
Beausoleil are the ne plus ultra of Cajun music, and there's certainly nothing here to tarnish their reputation. By now, of course, their command of Cajun music is beyond compare, both in keeping up the tradition and expanding it. Michael Doucet remains a sterling leader, and a remarkable fiddler in the style. The music, a mix of

Overview

Beausoleil are the ne plus ultra of Cajun music, and there's certainly nothing here to tarnish their reputation. By now, of course, their command of Cajun music is beyond compare, both in keeping up the tradition and expanding it. Michael Doucet remains a sterling leader, and a remarkable fiddler in the style. The music, a mix of traditional and original pieces, not only pays homage to the past (as on the punningly titled "Me and Dennis McGee"), but pushes into the future, taking a bluesy detour on "La Flech d'Amour" en route to the beauty of "Les Fleurs," with its gorgeously melodic fiddle; it's definitely Cajun music, but still startlingly different. Indeed, about the only place the album falters is on the English-language "Windhorse Eyes," which comes across as countrified cliché, albeit very well done. However, everything else more than makes up for it, especially "Soleil Brille," a lovely song that blossoms into an excellent, lyrical instrumental break. They keep the fire alive on the two traditional pieces, as well as on Canray Fontenot's "Malinda," an energetic, rhythmic workout that's as much zydeco as Cajun. Beausoleil don't release new records often -- certainly not often enough -- but each one is guaranteed to be a treat.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/2004
Label:
Vanguard Records
UPC:
0015707975926
catalogNumber:
79759
Rank:
127432

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beausoleil   Primary Artist
Michael Doucet   Fiddle,Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Jimmy Breaux   Accordion
Tommy Alesi   Drums
Cindy Cashdollar   Slide Guitar,Guest Appearance
David Doucet   Guitar,Vocals
Tharp   Banjo,Fiddle,Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
David Egan   Piano,Guest Appearance
Billy Ware   Percussion
Rushad Eggleston   Cello,Guest Appearance
Tharp   Banjo,Fiddle,Bass Guitar,Double Bass

Technical Credits

Beausoleil   Arranger
Michael Doucet   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,translation,Audio Production,Annotation
Canray Fontenot   Composer
Sidney Brown   Composer
Lawrence Walker   Composer
David Doucet   Producer,Audio Production
Sharon Arms Doucet   translation
Georgette Cartwright   Creative Services Coordinator
David Egan   Producer,Audio Production
Bill Bennett   Engineer
Billy Ware   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Curry Weber   Engineer
William Matthews   Cover Illustration

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Gitane Cajun 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really love this CD. Enjoy
Mr.Mangrove More than 1 year ago
There were many good tracks but some interludes that are mixed loose the momentum that is presnt in other albumns like Cajun Conga.