Greaves, John - Greaves/Verlaine

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John Greaves is a bit of an enigma. Apart from his solo career, he has played bass with Michael Nyman, sung opera with Jack Bruce, collaborated with Robert Wyatt and Carla Bley, played piano with Robert Crumb.

His improvising band with Elton Dean was described by “The Guardian” as « the free-jazz equivalent of early Who. As composer/songwriter/singer, in the last two decades he has produced a stack of albums strangely wonderful and wonderfully strange, indefinable and timeless. Why does he seem to be a well-kept secret ? It’s true he lives mostly in Paris.

The new French Dictionnaire du Rock allows him a whole page; in the British equivalent you’ll be lucky to learn he was a part of the infamous Henry Cow and then National Health, or that he continues to collaborate with old friend Peter Blegvad, hardly a household name either. It’s true he’s hard to put a label on. One suspects he relishes this.

At the beginning of this century He released (simultaneously) two albums: The Caretaker and On the street where you live, the first another collection of unique songs this time fired by a full-blast rock band, the second a selection of standards which finds Greaves crooning with undisguised pleasure the repertoire we suspect he hasn’t touched since performing with his father’s dance band in the sixties.

Since then there's been "The Trouble with Happiness" (the title says it all) - Greaves' song exploded, reconstructed by Vincent Courtois and Sophia Domancich; "Chansons", the first "French" record sung by the supernatural Elise Caron. "Maman":"In and out of life" ("Making trip hop available to old farts like me" says Mr. Greaves.)

Now there's “Greaves/Verlaine.

Poems by Paul Verlaine, transposed into songs as irreverent and sexy as the old reprobate would have liked.

Artikelnummer ZZT080202
Streckkod 3760009291638
Utgivningsdatum 2008-01-14
Kategori Jazz
Skivbolag ZIG-ZAG Territoires
Enhet CD
Antal enheter 1
Artister Greaves, John
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