Les Primitifs du Futur

Led by French singer/guitarist Dominique Cravic, Les Primitifs du Futur are a musette revival band that draws from a range of world music styles as well as jazz, blues, and musette. Based in Paris, Cravic made his recording debut in 1983 with Cordes et Lames, a full-length album release on the label Jamuz that also features Francis Varis (accordion), Yves Torchinsky (bass), and Dominique Pifarély (violin). Not long thereafter, Cravic met American underground comics legend Robert Crumb (aka R. Crumb), whom he came to find out shared his passion for old jazz music, musette in particular. Also known as bal-musette, the antiquated accordion-based musical style initially became widespread in Paris during the late 19th century and, generally associated with dance halls, was especially popular during the 1920s, '30s, and '40s before falling out of style. In 1986 Cravic and Crumb, who plays banjo and mandolin, got together for a recording session at Bob Mathieu Studio that resulted in Cocktail d'Amour (1987), originally a six-track 10" release on the label Média 7. Graced with a cover art illustration by Crumb, Cocktail d'Amour marked the recording debut of Les Primitifs du Futur. In subsequent years, Cravic continued to collaborate with a long list musicians on various projects. In 1994, however, he reunited with Crumb a second time under the Primitifs du Futur billing for the album Trop de Routes, Trop de Trains on the label La Lichère. Five years later came the third Primitifs du Futur album, World Musette (1999), a much more ambitious effort that took the band in many different directions stylistically and signaled a worldlier approach. A decade later, the fourth Primitifs du Futur album, Tribal Musette (2008), a major-label release on Universal Music Jazz France, continued to infuse musette with jazz, blues, and world music. ~ Jason Birchmeier

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