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In that it consists of 15 compositions by the father of mini-jazz, Nemours Jean-Baptiste, this is something of a memorial. In one respect, in fact, it goes one better than the original. His sound combined mambo-influenced horns with accordion held over from older sounds. The accordionist on this collection plays an updated style which swings subtle and strong, while remaining true to its source. As usual, the band as a whole is — in the typical Haitian paradox — both tight and relaxed. ~ John Storm Roberts, Original Music, Rovi


Genre: World

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Mini Allstars were a studio-based band of Haitian musicians brought together in New York in 1980 by the producer and owner of Mini Records, Fred Paul, to play the music of Nemours Jean-Baptiste, the pioneer of Haiti’s ‘compas’ dance rhythm, who had his heyday in the 50s. Featuring vocalists Carlo Claudin and Willie Lacroix, plus accordionist Richard Durosseau, all veterans of Jean-Baptiste’s original band, the Mini Allstars recorded two albums - Pure Gold (1980) and Compas Mas (1982) - starting...
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Pure Gold I, Mini All Stars
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  • 6,93 €
  • Genres: World, Music
  • Released: 28 March 2010

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