Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music, Jazz, Pop
Chateau Neuf was featured on Sweet Sunny North, the Norwegian hootenannies put together by Henry Kaiser and David Lindley, but nothing on those discs prepares you for the unbridled energy and exuberance the band now exhib... more »
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Chateau Neuf was featured on Sweet Sunny North, the Norwegian hootenannies put together by Henry Kaiser and David Lindley, but nothing on those discs prepares you for the unbridled energy and exuberance the band now exhibits. The group includes two Hardanger fiddlers, five female vocalists, bass, guitar, drums, two clarinets, three saxes, oboe, accordion, and two Norwegian recorders. But despite the crowd on stage, the arrangements are as crisp and wide open as the Norwegian landscape. Every tune on this 16-track collection bubbles over with stunning musicianship. The women singers have a bright, cheery sound that instantly warms the heart; they bring to mind the vocalists in Varttina, while the combination of woodwinds and strings give the backing tracks a big, full, mellow sound. --j. poet
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woburnmusicfan | Woburn, MA United States | 04/12/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The best thing to come out of guitarists Henry Kaiser and David Lindley's Norwegian "The Sweet Sunny North" sessions was this eye-opening band. At the time of this album, the band had 18 members, including 5 female vocalists, 2 fiddles, 4 saxes, 2 clarinets, oboe, and rhythm section. The inspired arrangements bring elements of rock, jazz, etc. to Norwegian folk music. The description may not sound appetizing, but the music will make your jaw drop open. This album is a sheer revelation. The sound has the liveliness of the best big band music, at times capturing an almost klezmer feel. It's a shame that the North Side label doesn't release Chateau Neuf's other albums in America. I want more!"
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