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Sunday, May 2, 2010

Sansévérino-Les Faux Talbins 2009

If you took Django Reinhard, a little rockabilly, some bluegrass, a little blotter, and a lot of humor....and put it all in a blender.....the result could very likely be Sansévérino. This is a lot of I've found all of his albums to be. It swings crazy!......enjoy!

Here's a little bit of bio for ya:

A descendent of Italian immigrants, Stephane Sansévérino was born on French soil in 1962. Thanks to his father's work, young Stephane was offered limitless travel opportunities throughout his early years. He was exposed to performers from all over the world, and by the age of 20 had fixed his sights on a career in performance. Initially focusing on theater, he studied comic acting for a number of years, learning guitar and banjo in the process. Sansévérino started his own troupe and worked primarily as a street performer, while surrounded with the alternative rock sounds that had sprung up during the mid-'80s. He began working as a musician with his hand in a few groups at any given time, maintaining a diverse array of musical and theatrical pursuits. The two disciplines met in the formation of Les Voleurs de Poules, an acoustic duo that explored Eastern European Gypsy styles with French chansons from the '50s. After years of busy touring, the group released its debut record, Tu Sens les Poivrons, in 1995. The group split four years later, and Sansévérino spent the next two years writing and recording his first solo record, Le Tango des Gens, which went gold upon its release in 2001. Following intense touring, the artist was honored with the Victorie de la Musique Award for Best Breakthrough Live Act of the Year in 2003. His sophomore project, Les Senagalaises, earned him the nickname of "Monsieur Swing." In that same vein, Sansévérino's 2006 album, Exactement, was his first to feature a full big band, a notable departure from former ensembles of from three to five musicians. In December of 2006, he took to the road again, accompanied by his 20-piece big band. ~ Evan C. Gutierrez, All Music Guide

Some info on this CD:

2009: "Les faux talbins"

His next album of new material came out a year later, on 2 November 2009, and was entitled "Les faux talbins" (a slang term for forged banknotes). The whole album is full of underworld slang and is a kind of homage to 1950s gangster films. The lyrics are about all the various forms of social exclusion and isolation, from that of psychiatric wards to the lot of prositutes and prisoners.
Musically, the album finds Sanseverino working without a producer, using for the most part live studio takes.  There is no swing on "Les faux talbins"; instead there is a distinct country flavour, with some rock’n’roll, bluegrass and French chanson added to the mix. Also featured is a cover of "la Salsa du démon" by the Grand orchestre du Splendid.
Sanseverino kicked off a tour for the new album in November 2009, and performed at the Bataclan, Pais, on 3-6 February 2010.
© RFI Musique

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Here's the tracklist:

Les Faux Talbins
Les Marioles
Malade Mental
Finis Ta Vaisselle
La Reine Du Peripherique
A boy named Sue
Les Rockers Aiment La Java
Tu n'en as plus rien a foutre
La Salsa Du Demon
Tu Pues Benny
Le Grand Gregory
Riton Et Rita
Cherie C'Est La Guerre
La Valse Du Blues Du Livre
La Femme Du Marin
Dimanche Dernier
Je T'Aime Pas

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