Frédéric Paris, Bourrée de St Pierre / Le fendeur (from Carnet de Bal)
St. Pierre is a thing of beauty -- so simple -- but then the vielle a roue (played by Patrick Bouffard) starts droning and you almost physically feel like you're taking flight. Carnet de Bal is one of the most influential recordings amongst the accordéonaire junta -- still transports me every time.
Marcel Plane, La Planette (from L'accordéon En Auvergne)
An archival, anthology recording put out in the US on Sylex records. This particular recording is, I believe, from 1931. The music was very different then ... not folk, not archival, but contemporary. And very speedy! I've been working at this tune for a while. Almost there.
Patrick Bouffard Trio, Revenant De Paris/Les Timides (from Revenant de Paris)
The second tune is the star of this set. You'll know you've gotten there when you suddenly feel like celebrating a victory. Bouffard's trio (with Cyril Roche on accordion) is one of the most energetic units on the planet. The counter melodies are mind-boggling ... also something I'm trying to learn how to do.