Review - World Musette

Artist: Les Primitifs du Futur

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Just like Woody Allen has this thing for blowing clarinet in a New York City-based neo-Dixie-land outfit, cartoonist Robert Crumb - as evidenced by his albums with the Cheap Suit Serenaders - maintains an active fascination for jass and hokum music from the front end of the 20th century. So it isn't all that surprising to find him picking his banjo and mandolin with a like-minded batch of Frenchmen, calling themselves Les Primitifs du Future and performing songs redolent of Parisian cafes during the period between the wars.

While one-third of the cuts on this well-recorded disc have the patina of age, the rest of them are the progeny of the group's guitarist Dominic Cravic. "World Musette" is charming without being cloying and certainly worth a listen by anyone interested in the kind of revivalism that Leon Redbone espouses so well here in the States. One warning for folks interested in liner notes: Brush up on your French.

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