Tony Fallone

Accordeon Mon Ami

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There's a wonderful atmosphere about this record. Fallone may be no spring chicken, but that doesn't stop him from being a dynamic and imaginative accordion player, while the members of his trio -- guitar, bass, and percussion -- add plenty of feeling of their own. The cues come from gypsy jazz (with a special nod to the great Django Reinhardt, two of whose songs are covered) and bal musette, but Fallone goes where the spirit moves him. He's not particularly well-known, but given the music here (and special kudos to guitarist Jean Claude Pouyet, particularly for his work on "Nuage"), that's listeners' loss. Fallone's virtuosity gets a real workout on "Loucazina," while "Sonatina Bossa" takes the group into Brazilian territory (although it must be admitted they don't have the requisite lightness of touch). The traditional "Les Yeux Noir" is a joyous trip through gypsy territory, before the closing "Meditation pour Deux," which isn't as quiet as the title implies; instead, the Bach influence is obvious in the tremendous use of counterpoint and tone -- at times the accordion sounds like an organ. A magnificent player putting out an outstanding disc. And be sure to keep going for the jam at the end.

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