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Album Review

Best known as cartoonist Robert Crumb's other gig, Les Primitifs du Futur do their schtick perfectly, re-creating the French musette sound of the 1930s. Full credit goes to founder, guitarist, and singer Dominique Cravic, whose compositions are perfect in both note and mood, whether on the opening "Fox Musette" or "Le Blues de Dix-Neuf Heures Trente." The core of the band is filled out by a large number of guests who are brilliantly utilized. Even the theremin doesn't sound out of place; used sparingly, it is a modern touch that simply adds to the atmosphere. The notion here is to add world music elements to the basic idea, as a reminder that France was a multicultural society before the term even existed. So you have musette with blues, musette with Cuban music, and even a hint of Asian influences. It all works seamlessly, played with fabulous dexterity and assurance, and more than a touch of glee.

Customer Reviews

A beautiful album

Picture sitting in a French Moroccan cafe, enjoying a nice little cup of Turkish coffee, and a little group of smokey, serious musicians comes in and quietly sets up, and then with no introduction, starts playing beautiful music. Wait, the famous cartoonist R. Crumb is playing with them — he's a brilliant musician! But in no way overshadows the other talents... Gosh, the arrangements are sweet, the variety is truly worldly, but never leaves the proper, modest attitudes of Musette... What are you waiting for!?


I'm pretty sure it's not a theremin, as the sales blurb says, but a saw - of course!


Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s, '10s

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),...
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