FOR THE LOVE OF SWING (AND THE SWING OF LOVE): DANIEL BARDA, LOUIS MAZETIER, JERÔME ETCHEBERRY, CHARLES PRÉVOST: JANUARY 30, 2015

This delightful swing aubade came to me — and I hope many others — through Facebook, and I learned that this is trombonist Daniel Barda’s Super Swing Project, “Hommage à Fats Waller,” performed on January 30 of this year at Jazzclub Ja-ZZ Rheinfelden (www.ja-zz.ch).

I also must thank the recordist, Peter Gutzwiller, for making this delightful effusion both permanent and accessible to us.

Aside from Monsieur Barda, whom we know from Paris Washboard, there is the superb trumpeter Jerôme Etcheberry (of Les Swingberries), the most honored Louis Mazetier, a stride monarch, and the swinging washboardist Charles Prévost.

They pay tribute to Mister Waller in a charming and convincing way — not by offering their own faster-than-light improvisations on his compositions, not by singing YOUR FEETS TOO BIG, but by jamming in medium-tempo and a little faster on three lovely early-Thirties songs that have swing built in to them.  “Here’s another good old good one that all the musicians in the house love to jam,” as Louis would say.

I think it’s no accident that all three of these songs — if you consider their lyrics, which musicians used to do — are love songs.  One declares that they eyes are indeed the windows to the soul, and both entities entranced the singer; one wishes for a more perfect union of the singer and the Love Object; one expresses delighted incredulity that the blissful union has come to pass.  It just reinforces that love is an inexhaustible subject, and that the best music is love in action. Swing out, you lovers!

I dream of a time when one would give one’s Beloved some Commodore discs for a birthday present, for Valentine’s Day.

THEM THERE EYES:

IF DREAMS COME TRUE:

I CAN’T BELIEVE THAT YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH ME:

It makes me very happy to experience these videos, and to be reassured that such beauty is taking place all around the world.  Blessings on these four gentlemen and also on the man behind the camera.

May your happiness increase! 

4 responses to “FOR THE LOVE OF SWING (AND THE SWING OF LOVE): DANIEL BARDA, LOUIS MAZETIER, JERÔME ETCHEBERRY, CHARLES PRÉVOST: JANUARY 30, 2015

  1. DDn "Zoot" Conner

    Love this group!Nice pick-up,Michael.

  2. Nancie Beaven

    I have always loved Paris Washboards, and got to be friends with them over the years at Festivals and concerts here in the States. Nice to listen to 3 out of the four now. Thanks Michael…now I’ll get my Paris Washboard CD’s queued up for an afternoon of happy listening!

  3. I agree with Mr. Conner..Nice group..I enjoyed these tunes very much. It made me remember that I have a CD by Louis Mazetier,,A gift given to me several years ago, from Nephew Hal.. I haven’t listened to it for a while. After listening to Mr. Mazetier play on JAZZLIVES today, wonderfully, it is time to get my CD out and enjoy it again. Thank you so much Nephew Michael.

  4. I have made several pilgrimmages to the late, great, Orange County Classic Jazz Festival ( and to Le Petit Journal in Paris ) to hear Paris Washboard, and I am not a particular fan of revival bands. However, these guys are unique. Interesting instrumentation. They swing hard, individually and together, and Louis Mazetier is the best stride pianist in the world today ( I usually think it unseemly to toot my own horn, however, in this case, I would know, and,it is not totally self serving, as ultimately Louis is the one who winds up with the accolades……. )

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