Umlaut Big Band – Euroswing No. 1

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After meticulous historical research and recording transcriptions, Pierre-Antoine Badaroux and his orchestra built a new repertoire based on the work of European musicians who discovered and took over jazz - specifically between (1925-1940). These tracks give us a take on the story of the birth of jazz in this new territory at a very special time, and brings to life a music that made history.

"Compositions from USSR, Spain or Tchekoslovakia are to be discovered! And maybe, among many others, you will re- discover the swing touch from the British pianist Jack Hylton, the Belgian saxophonist Fud Candrix or Léo Vauchant the French and then Californian trombonist."

"The talented and festive 14 musicians of UMLAUT BIG BAND, coming from the new jazz scene (ONJ) and/or from the European improvisation avant-garde (Peeping Tom, Zoor), gathered in 2011 to celebrate with its ecstatic audience the energy of the good ol’ swing bands."


The Umlaut Big Band are:

Pierre-Antoine Badaroux / direction and saxophone alto 
Antonin-Tri Hoang / saxophone alto, clarinet
Geoffroy Gesser / saxophone tenor and clarinet 
Jean Dousteyssier / saxophone tenor and clarinet
Benjamin Dousteyssier / saxophone alto and baryton 
Brice Pichard, Louis Laurain, Emil Strandberg / trumpet
Fidel Fourneyron, Michaël Ballue, Nicolas Grymonprez / trombone
Romain Vuillemin / guitar
Bruno Ruder / piano
Sébastien Beliah / bass
Antonin Gerbal / drums


Recorded on the 23-27 February, 2015 at Le Luisant, Germigny-L’Exempt. Mixed and mastered by Ken Yoshida. Design by Sven-Åke Johansson et Dominique Hamot.

Available as 320kbp MP3 or 24bit FLAC 


1. Veselaja progulka (Jolly Walk) [Alexander Tsfasman]
2. Limehouse Blues [Furber & Braham/Arr. Léo Vauchant]
3. Hot and Heavy [Bob Busby]
4. Hors D’Oeuvres [David Comer/Arr. Sid Phillips]
5. Black & Blue Rhythm [Billy Ternent]
6. Bee-Ology [David Bee]
7. Este año estoy de moda [Luis Bienvenido]
8. Midnight Blues [Jan Šima]
9. Poem [Fibich/Arr. Fud Candrix]
10. Atlantic Stomp [Charles Redland]
11. The Japanese Sandman [Whiting & Egan/Arr. Ray Noble]
12. Palais De Danse [Sid Phillips]
13. Rubbish Heap Blues [Jaroslav Ježek]
14. Rachmaninoff Prelude [Rachmaninov/Arr. Eddy Buttler]
15. Three’s Company [Lew Davis]
16. Oh, What a Funny Feeling [Emile Christian & Emil Stern]
17. Tiger Rag [LaRocca/Arr. Kurt Wege]