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Friday, March 07, 2008

Flambée Montalbanaise - Wang Yi

Described as a "jeune chinoise" in the YouTube notes, Yi does a nice turn on Gus Viseur's signature song. Mr. D. includes Viseur's original on the Starbucks Artist's Choice selection, noting in part...

"Whenever I hear a song like this, it doesn't matter where I am or what the weather is like. Suddenly I'm on a rain-soaked street in France underneath an awning drinking an espresso noir with a beautiful raven-haired Parisian."
Gus Viseur was born in Belgium and became one of the emblematic players of musette accordion alongside Jo Privat, who Dylan also mentions in his notes. His Flambée Montalbanaise was inspired by the bombing and destruction of Montauban during World War II.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hello. Montauban (where I live) has never been bombed during the war. Flambee montalbanaise is about a meeting with Gus Viseur and Django Reinhardt, at Hugues Panassie's home, before a concert in 1946. They were warming up behind the chimney, with a wood fire, and Viseur impovised the theme, Reinhardt suggested to name it flambee montalbanaise, that means wood fire in Montauban.
Best regards from Montauban