Richard Galliano (feat. Gary Burton) – L’Hymne à l’Amour (2007)

FrontCover1.jpgRichard Galliano studied piano and accordion at the age of 4 with his father Lucien Galliano, accordionist and teacher.
Particularly gifted and invested, he quickly entered the Nice Conservatory, directed at that time by organist Pierre Cochereau, and followed courses in harmony, counterpoint and trombone.
He won first prize in 1969 for this instrument.

He arrived in Paris in 1975 and met Claude Nougaro, becoming his friend, his accordionist and conductor until 1983.
The author and composer found each other. They get along beautifully.
From this close collaboration will be born many songs that are part of the heritage of French song, such as Allée des brouillards, Des voiliers,Vie Violence…

The second decisive meeting took place in 1980, with the Argentinean composer and bandoneonist Astor Piazzolla.
Astor strongly encouraged him to create the French “New Musette”, as he himself had
previously invented the Argentinean “New Tango”. (by


This project sounds natural for vibist Gary Burton. But to imagine a vibraphonist playing with an accordonist – it seems only Burton could have pulled it off. Drummer Clarence Penn and bassist George Mraz provide sympathic support through this heavily romanticized material.

On the opening of Astor Piazolla´s “Milonga Is Coming” Gallianp´s subtle swept couches Burton´s quiet lines. Eventually joined by the rest of the group both solists weave in and out of the song´s dreamy, melancholy mood. The formal nature to this programm continues with Piazzolla´s spritely “Triunfal”.


The song starts and stops, its moments of reflection balanced by the urge to move vigorously. On Bach´s “Sinfonia 11 In G-Moll”, Burton seems at home with the music´s counterpoint, as Galliano´s lead statement to this waltz alternates with the vibist´s soloing, this swing feel turning it into a lovely occasion for jazz.


Ballads include the titel track and “Waltz For Debby”, which the group gives an uplifting arrangment. It´s a delight to hear such virtuosic improvisors together. Galliano and Burton have chops galore, but instead of showing off, they are seduced by the material. (by John Ephland)


Gary Burton (vibraphone)
Richard Galliano (accordion)
George Mraz (bass)
Clarence Penn (drums)

01. Milonga Is Coming (Piazzolla) 8.29
02. Triunfal (Piazzolla) 3.51
03. L’hymne à l’amour (If You Love Me) (Piaf/Monnot) 7.30
04. Sinfonia 11 In G-Moll, BWV 797 (Bach) 4.28
05. Soledad (Piazzolla) 6.59
06. Para Jobim (Galliano) 5.15
07. Operation Tango (Piazzolla) 8.28
08. Romance Del Diablo (Piazzolla) 5.50
09. Waltz For Debby (Evans/Lees) 5.55
10. Il Postino (Bacalov) 4.47






Richard Galliano – Viaggio (1993)

FrontCover1I listened to this album and I have to say that it’s really really great music…I don’t understand why genious musicians like Richard Galliano and Bireli Lagrene did a beautiful CD like this one and here it seems that anybody knows it! I see no rates….

It’s out of sale, so maybe nobody was interested in buying it, but, guys, it’s ridicolous, this is one of the best album I never listened and people instead of buying it continue to buy the typical commercial albums, actually, this means that people don’t understand anything of music and melody…it’s so sad!! So, maybe me and few people can really taste how much beautiful is the music of Piazzolla, Galliano, Bireli Lagrene, and so on…..

People, stop to take the overrated and overvalued music of the most famous musicians, and begin to open the eyes and above all the ears, and listen also to this music, and music of less known musicians that have talent to sell…..

Thanks Galliano, thanks Bireli, for your music, (by Lorenzo Tosetti)

Recorded at Palais des Congrès Studios on June 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 1993.

Charles Bellonzi (drums)
Richard Galliano (accordion, piano)
Bireli Lagrene (guitar)
Pierre Michelot (bass)

01. Waltz For Nicky (Galliano) 3.23
02. Java Indigo (Galliano) 4.52
03. Viaggio (Galliano) 7.02
04. Billie (Galliano) 7.47
05. Tango Pour Claude (Galliano) 4.09
06. Christopher’s Bossa (Galliano) 5.07
07. Coloriage (Galliano) 5.22
08. Romance (Galliano) 3..25
09. Little Muse (Baselli) 4.36
10. La Liberté Est Une Fleur (Aymé) 2.32


Richard Galliano & Brussels Jazz Orchestra – Ten Years Ago (2009)

FrontCover1An energetic recording artist who since 2007 has been averaging three albums a year, accordionist Richard Galliano appears even more prolific because of the quick-fire diversity of contexts in which he places himself—solo, with his Tangaria quartet, with European and American jazz groups ranging from duos to larger lineups, and with strings. Between them, Galliano’s albums have embraced tango, jazz, chanson and the classics. In a long career as leader however, he has never recorded with a big band—until now and Ten Years Ago, his first release of 2009 and a thumping five-star triumph.

The album partners Galliano with the undersung but brimming-hot Brussels Jazz Orchestra on nine Galliano compositions and Astor Piazolla’s “Michelangelo 70.” Five of the arrangements are by Galliano, another five by trumpeter and composer Bert Joris. There are just two tangos, “Michelangelo 70” and “Tango Pour Claude,” both of them arranged by Galliano, and the main thrust of the album is the American jazz tradition tempered by chanson. In this respect Ten Years Ago resembles its immediate predecessor, Love Day: Los Angeles Sessions (Milan, 2008), made with pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba, bassist Charlie Haden and drummer Mino Cinelu.

RichardGallianoThere are few precedents for accordion/big band collaborations—Gil Evans’ orchestra once featured Gil Godstein, Maria Schneider’s Gary Versace—and no generally accepted arranging parameters. Galliano and Joris approach the project from contrasting, but compatible directions. Galliano plays the orchestra as though it was an accordion, using closely harmonized brass and reed sections to recreate the intense chordal signature of the instrument and its intermittent, percussive, stabbing emphases. The transference is at its most literal in the tangos, both of which are given dramatic, full-on arrangements. On the swinging “Rue De Maubeuge” and “Take Eleven” Galliano stays a little closer to the American jazz big band tradition, with the soft and pretty “Poeme” a chanson-informed interlude.

Joris, who in addition to leading his own small groups has since the late 1970s played in and composed/arranged for many of the leading European big bands, takes a more traditional approach—but one distinguished by boundless energy and fresh-painted instrumental colors. He brilliantly succeeds in integrating the accordion into the orchestra, alternatively allowing Galliano to ride over screaming brass (as in “Teulada” and “Coloriage”), be caressed by lush, velvety woodwinds (as in “Ten Years Ago” and “Giselle”), or be driven along by raw, Middle Eastern-inspired dance rhythms (as in the closing “Taraf.”)

In his liner notes, Galliano dedicates this album to a lover who died ten years ago, and reproduces the words of Guilliaume Apollinaire’s anguished lament for lost love, “Le Pont Mirabeau,” whose words he says sum up his feeling about the music. More than this, Ten Years Ago evokes the unquenchable vitality that imbued Apollinaire’s work, and his own reading of the poem recorded in 1913. Galliano’s solos, be they close-to-berserk, two-handed whirlwinds, or, less frequently, quieter lyrical reflections, share the same luminosity. There are strong solos too from Frank Vaganee on soprano saxophone, Kurt Van Herck on tenor, Pierre Drevet on trumpet and Marc Godfroid on trombone. An altogether brilliantly realized album. (by Chris May)

Klaas Balijon (drums)
Bart Defoort (saxophone)
Pierre Drevet (trumpet, flugelhorn)
Ben Fleerakkers (trombone)
Richard Galliano (accordion)
Marc Godfroid (trombone)
Laurent Hendrick (trombone)
Kurt Van Herck (saxophone, flute, clarinet)
Dieter Limbourg (saxophone, clarinet, flute)
Jos Machtel (bass)
Jeroen Van Malderen (trumpet, flugelhorn)
Lode Mertens (trombone)
Serge Plume (trumpet, flugelhorn)
Nico Schepers (trumpet, flugelhorn)
Frank Vaganée (saxophone)
Bo Van Der Werf (saxophone, clarinet)


01. Michelangelo 70 (Piazzolla) 3.01
02. Teulada (Galliano) 4.19
03. Ten Years Ago (Galliano) 6.29
04. Rue De Maubeuge (Galliano) 6.18
05. Tango Pour Claude (Galliano) 4.09
06. Poème (Galliano) 4.43
07. Coloriage (Galliano) 6.28
08. Giselle (Galliano) 5.50
09. Take Eleven (Galliano) 4.50
10. Taraf (Galliano) 5.58