A wonderful document of the very special sound of biguine – that beautiful blend of jazz, Latin, and other elements that flourished only in Guadeloupe, and hit an especially strong sound in the 60s – presented here in a collection of work by two different excellent groups! The bulk of the collection features 1966 material from Orchestra Traditionnelle De La
Guadeloupe – a killer combo that features the might Alain Jean Marie on piano – a player who has this way of being both lyrical and rhythmic at the same time, soaring out alongside excellent work on clarinet and soprano sax from Robert Mavouzny, whose exotic lines really add a lot to the music. Mavouzny sings on two tracks in French, and Manuela Pioche sings on a few others – and the music has a strongly percussive bottom, with lots of nice congas in the mix. Titles include "Guadeloupe An Nous", "Ce Biguine", "Ninon", "Serpent Maigre", "Mon Automobile", "Touloulou", and "Chauffe Biguine La
". Next up are four tracks by Ensemble De Quadrille Guadeloupeen – a much more traditional combo, even though recorded here in 1972 – and working with a highly percussive groove at the bottom, augmented by these cyclical lines on violin and guitar, and some nicely strong bass as well. Titles include "L'Ete", "Pantalon", "La
Poule", and "Pastourelle".