Euro Swing Vol.1 (CD)


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For their new record, the band chooses to focus closer to home, on early jazz in Europe (1925-1940). After a 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.

These 17 tracks and a fascinating booklet (in French & English) tell us the amazing story of the jazz birth in this new territory at a very special time, and brings to life a music that made our jazz 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.

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Antonin Gerbal, Benjamin Dousteyssier, Fidel Fourneyron, Geoffroy Gesser, Louis Laurain, Pierre-Antoine Badaroux, Sébastien Beliah


Umlaut Big Band


Pierre-Antoine Badaroux
Antonin-Tri Hoang
Jean Dousteyssier
Geoffroy Gesser
Benjamin Dousteyssier
Brice Pichard
Louis Laurain
Emil Strandberg
Fidel Fourneyron
Michaël Ballue
Nicolas Grymonprez
Romain Vuillemin
Bruno Ruder
Sébastien Beliah
Antonin Gerbal


Umlaut Big Band


  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]


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

Recording : Le Luisant, Germigny-L’Exempt . February 23rd-27th 2015
Mixing and mastering : Ken Yoshida
Artwork : Sven-Åke Johansson and Dominique Hamot
Production : Pierre-Antoine Badaroux