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link to the cd shop that had the best prize at the time of writing this reviewCD OF THE WEEK (July 2000) :

JAUNE TOUJOURS "BRUSK"
(2000, ALEA Wild Boar Music, WBM21014)

Songs (Click the -icons for some small realaudio-samples)

1. Intro
2. Maravillosso
3. An der lecht
4. Voor wat het is
5. N-Z-O-W
6. Bilo
7. Blue
8. Tango
9. OVT
10. Rien du tout
11. Hoofdstuk
12. Bratsch
13. Un ange passe
14. Jaune

Lyrics & Music : Piet Maris
Musicians :
- Piet Maris (zang, accordeon)
- Bert Bernaerts (contrabas, trompet, tuba, zang)
- Theopane Raballand (drums, percussie, zang)
- Bart Maris (trompet, tuba, cornet, zang)
- Christophe Morisset (trombone, bombardon)
guests :
- Mattias Laga (klarinet, basklarinet, sopraansax)
- Wouter Vandenabeele (viool)
- Vera Coomans (zang)

Production : Staf Verbeek & Piet Maris
Recorded at Jet studio, Brussels, February/March 2000.

Sleeve : Theopane Raballand

 

My opinion

Jaune Toujours peddles on "Brusk" (their second CD already) driven by an inventive brass-section, a drummer in a hurry, a "piano des pauvres" and perfect bilinguality between Les Négresses Vertes and the Roma, between the merryness of the pub and the sadness of the gutter, between South and Eastern Europe ... music that carries the spirit of the metropole in it. "File under Belgian folk" is the suggestion that the label put on the back side of the CD, but if you still have room under "bluesjazzchansonfanfare" or "metropolitan orchestra" it's even better there.
The most memorable moment on Brusk sadly for Jaune Toujours comes when the recognizable voice of Vera Coomans steps in on "N-Z-O-W" (North, South, East, West), and carries with her sweet memories of the days she produced classics such as "Witte Nachten" and "Niets is voor altijd". The sad part is not that this is the best song, on the contrary, but that this put the finger on the wound of the poor vocals on most of the pieces. The lyrics are imaginative, but somehow don't seem to fit in very well with the music. Much is made up by the inventive blowers of various kind of horns that are member or guest of the band. The other moments on the cd I like most are those when the merryness gets the upperhand as in "Voor wat het is" or "Maravilloso", both the kind of song that could have a green negrogirl step in at any time.
All in all "Brusk" seems a little bit "hurried", with not enough attention being paid to detail to keep interesting all the way to the end. But it is an interesting confrontation of a band with a town, in which the town wins. Again. "yellow all the time" would quickly become a bore.

Sent-In Opinons :
"Ik zag Jaune Toujours tijdens hun mini-optredentje in FNAC Wijnegem enkele maanden geleden, en kocht toen ook meteen hun cd (ondanks de serieus hoge prijs). Je hebt volledig gelijk over de stem, ze past echt niet bij de muziek. Ook live was het zo - een vriend van me die iets meer afweet van geluidstechniek zei dat dat met een flinke draai aan een knopje op het geluidspaneel zo verholpen was, maar Piet Maris zelf vond het zo blijkbaar goed (we hebben het hem achteraf gesuggereerd, en hij zei dat veel mensen die opmerking maakten). De gig was goed, alleen jammer dat het publiek slechts uit 4 mensen bestond, plus een paar mensen die voorbijliepen en even bleven staan. En natuurlijk het management en de geluidsmensen. De muzikanten zijn erg sterk, vooral Bart Maris die zijn trompetkunsten al vele jaren ten gehore brengt bij onder andere X-Legged Sally en Think of One. Al bij al vind ik het wel een fijne cd, hoewel het mijn genre niet meteen is. Ik moet zeggen dat de nummers die ik heb gehoord van hun ep 'O' een stuk beter en krachtiger waren... Die cd is te beluisteren in RA op www.atrecordings.com en live klinken sommige nummers nog stukken beter.", submitted by Steven Van Impe.

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This Album in the Press

- Metro (De Morgen) : "This boundary-breaking band from Brussels lead by singer-accordionplayer Piet Maris can't be caught out easily ... Maris mirrors the chanson-tradition, writes good and engaged lyrics, but unfortunately is a poor singer".
- Bart Vandormael voor CaféBelge : "Highrise-tango. Metro-fado. crosseyed pubrembetica. A new sound from Brussels. The strangest thing get written about Jaune Toujours, but if you put them all together, you get an idea what the band of singer and accordionist Piet Maris is all about"

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Where to buy this CD ?

You can order this CD from a number of locations (prices researched on July 4, 2000, but nothing guarantees they still are the same when you read this).

Shop
Price of the CD
Shipping + other expenses
Total
Direct Link
Frontstage
789
0
789 Bef.
Frontstage
Azur
721
0
721 Bef.
Proxis
728
0
728 Bef.
Proxis
Atrecordings
---
3$
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Netbeat
--€
3,51€
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The lowest price is in yellow, the highest in red. This price comparison doesn't take things into account like deduction of shipping expenses when ordering more than 1 cd, bonus points, differences in guarantees ... Shipping prices are those for customers in Belgium.

Have you seen this record elsewhere on the net, do you own an online-CD-shop with Belgian products in it, or if there's something wrong with my calculations : let me know.

 

More about this group :

- The first release of Jaune Toujours can be listened to in it's enterity on the sige of Atrecordings.
- Alea / Wild Boar website = www.wildboarmusic.com
- Review of the cd by Laïs-aficionado Marcel Thijskens
- book 'em through Choux de Bruxelles. Tel+fax : (0)2 538 94 55

 

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