Regis Huby

Le Sentiment des Brutes

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Ever since Django Reinhardt brought gypsy music to jazz in the 1920s, European jazz has thoughtfully incorporated various native folk musics into itself, often creating exciting new hybrids. Violinist Regis Huby's first album as a leader is a sterling example of this cross-cultural experimentation; born and raised in France's coastal Brittany region, an area with a vital musical tradition based on the combination of the violin and a special regional reed instrument called the Breton bagpipe, Huby has brought that regional folk style into France's equally exciting avant-garde jazz scene. The 17 tracks here (four of them untitled) range from "Maria" -- a nearly nine-minute adaptation of a folk song played on Breton bagpipe, hurdy-gurdy, and electric violin for an otherworldly skirling sound -- to minute-long fragments of skronking free jazz. Odd though it is, the combination works wonderfully, making Le Sentiment des Brutes one of the more fascinating European avant-garde jazz records of its time.

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