MOUSTACHE, Stompin´at the Savoy

vega-p-1722-frontvega-p-1722-backvega-p-1722-2vega-p-1722-1Drummer, band leader and actor François-Alexandre Galepides, alias Moustache (1929-1987), was a big name in French post-war jazz with quite a few releases in the 1950s. He started to play in Claude Luter´s band and later performed with Sidney Bechet and George Brassens. Moustache even recorded some funny early rock´n´roll sides like Le Croque-Crâne-Creux (Purpe People Eater) with French lyrics written by Boris Vian. From what I understand he also really enjoyed playing rock´n´roll, contrary to guys like Henri Salvador, Boris Vian and Michel Legrand. Henri Salvador recorded some excellent early French rock´n´roll, but still only regarded it as satire, a part of his job as a comedian. Decades later he hated it when rock´n´roll fans pestered him about his Rock´n´Roll Mops. Personally he preferred the swinging jazz music he grew up with. Moustache apparently was a much more  down-to-earth kinda guy. In the mid-50s he also ventured into acting and comedy, mostly playing musicians in films. Later he owned a restaurant and ran several bars. Moustache died in a car accident in 1987.

The back of the sleeve lists three other EPs in what appears to be a series of musical trips: Moustache a Moscou, Moustache Toréador, Moustache en Italie and Moustacha a Tyrol. As illustrated by the nice cover design done by  Max Dufour, house illustrator for the French Festival label, on this record the Stache  takes a trip to Harlem. The three jazz standards are quite faithfully trying to recreate a swingin´ 1930s mood. In his fast instrumental version of Chick Webb´s Stompin´at the Savoy the Savoy Ballroom is coming to life, while Duke Ellington´s Just Squeeze Me (But Please Don’t Tease Me) and the traditional Frankie and Johnny, both sung by Nadine Young, are played in a nice easy going mid-tempo…

MOUSTACHE ET SON DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND, Stompin´at the Savoy

NADINE YOUNG AVEC MOUSTACHE ET SON DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND, Frankie and Johnny

NADINE YOUNG AVEC MOUSTACHE ET SON DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND, Just Squeeze Me

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3 Comments on “MOUSTACHE, Stompin´at the Savoy”

  1. Ravel says:

    Thanks for that share. Very cool jazz… For a moment, I almost believed that Nadine was Chris Connor or June Christy.
    Ravel, Montreal, Quebec

  2. mischalke04 says:

    Avec plaisier!

  3. Ravel says:

    Le plaisir est pour moi :-)


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