The King of Bungle Bar: Umlaut Big Band plays Don Redman (CD)


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There is history, creation and celebration in the live album of the Umlaut Big Band: a lively, subjective musical biography of Don Redman, the American multi-instrumentalist and grand master of orchestration for big bands from the 20s … to the 60s!

This unique repertoire is the result of a thorough work of transcriptions and rearrangements from recordings and scores, including some unpublished material found in New York. Under the direction of Pierre-Antoine Badaroux, the fourteen musicians from the French jazz new avantgarde, pursue their work of highlighting forgotten figures of the jazz history, with a generous and communicative enthusiasm.

From the Harlem Public Library basement to the wooden floor of the Lavoir Moderne Parisien theatre, it is a special invitation to enjoy together here and now the sound of an ageless music.

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


Umlaut Big Band


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


Umlaut Big Band


  1. Have it Ready – 1st fragment (Fletcher Henderson) 00:37 
  2. Feeling the Way I Do (Bud De Sylva, Walter Donaldson) 02:54 
  3. Sugar Foot Stomp (King Oliver, Louis Armstrong) 02:42 
  4. Have it Ready (2nd fragment) 00:33 
  5. T.N.T.(Elmer Schoebel) 03:05
  6. Hot Mustard (Fletcher Henderson) 02:32 
  7. Have it Ready (3rd fragment) 00:45 
  8. Rocky Mountain Blues (Fletcher Henderson, Patty Carroll, Ken Macomber) 02:42 
  9. Whiteman Stomp (Fats Waller, Jo Trent) 02:38 
  10. Have it Ready (4th fragment) 00:29 
  11. Shim-Me-Sha-Wabble (Spencer Williams) 02:20 
  12. Chant of the Weed (Don Redman) 04:21 
  13. Redman Rhythm (Don Redman) 02:22 
  14. Sophisticated Lady (Duke Ellington) 03:18 
  15. Auld Lang Syne (Trad.) 02:29 
  16. Milenberg Joys (Jelly Roll Morton, Leon Roppolo, Paul Mares) 03:15 
  17. Cupid’s Nightmare (Don Redman) 05:51 
  18. Flight of the Jitterbug (Don Redman) 02:43 
  19. Just an Old Manuscript (Don Redman) 03:04 
  20. Frantic Atlantic (Don Redman) 05:12 
  21. Mickey Finn (Don Redman) 02:37 
  22. More Dirt (Don Redman) 03:18 
  23. Kashmiri Song (Amy Woodforde-Finden) 02:24 
  24. Dance of the Taxicabs – from “Etudes-Caprices” (Don Redman) 01:02 
  25. Washington, D.C. – from “Etudes- Caprices” (Don Redman) 01:23 
  26. A Young Man’s Fancy – from “Etudes-Caprices” (Don Redman) 01:23 
  27. Penthouse Alley (Don Redman) 02:37 
  28. What’s the Trouble? (Jackie Davis) 06:18


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

Arrangements : Don Redman
Transcriptions : Pierre-Antoine Badaroux, except 18 by Benjamin Dousteyssier
Research : Pierre-Antoine Badaroux assisted by Alix Tucou
Recording : live at Lavoir Moderne Parisien, Paris . April 19th-21th 2018
Engineering, mixing and mastering : Augustin Müller
Texts : Pierre-Antoine Badaroux
Artwork : Sven-Åke Johansson
Design : Dominique Hamot
Production : Pierre-Antoine Badaroux and Nawel Benziane
With the support of ADAMI.