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The unique textures created by this duo, combining Galliano's masterful accordion with Portal's moody reeds, makes for a fascinating journey. Brilliant original works are interspersed with gems by Astor Piazzola and Hermeto Pascoal, making the rich tradition of accordion jazz that much richer. The crisp, 20-bit mastering rounds out the package as a delightful listening experience.


Born: 27 November 1935 in Bayonne, France

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Multi-instrumentalist (clarinets, saxophones, bandoneon, etc.) and composer Michel Portal can be considered as the father figure of the French modern jazz scene. Classically trained, Portal gained notoriety through his association with various modern and contemporary music composers. His performance as the featured soloist on Pierre Boulez's Domaines remains a highlight of his career. However, this exceptional musician also had a serious interest in folk music and jazz. In the late '60s, he initiated...
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