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Complete Recordings 1929-30
Genres: Blues, World Music, Pop
Simply put: the real thing. These 26 tracks (remastered from nostalgically scratchy 78s) document Cajun music's greatest fiddler performing duets on the so-called devil's instrument with either Ernest Fruge or Sady Courvil... more »
Simply put: the real thing. These 26 tracks (remastered from nostalgically scratchy 78s) document Cajun music's greatest fiddler performing duets on the so-called devil's instrument with either Ernest Fruge or Sady Courville during the era just prior to when guitar and accordion became intrinsic parts of the Cajun sound. Dennis McGee (1893-1989) played strong and forcefully, with a style uninfluenced by other sources. "I play French!" he once told Will Spires, who, along with Cajun musicologist Ann Savoy, supplies elaborate liner notes here. "I play my tunes plain. I don't mix them up with nothing." With his own fiddle, a droning accompanist, and his high, no-nonsense voice the only instrumentation for dances, McGee conveys hardscrabble rhythmic insistence in French-language standards concerning love and its loss, one- and two-steps, waltzes, reels, and the occasional square dance. --Richard Gehr
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Pin Caouenne | 11/26/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This disc should have a million reviews, and they should all give it 5 stars. It's not Cajun music as it's played today, and that threw me when I first heard it. After a few listens the complexity made more and more sense to me, and the seamless and perfect musicianship and the beauty of the songs began to emerge.
Dennis McGee deserves to be mentioned among the greats of American music alongside the likes of Robert Johnson. Whatever your tastes, if you know what good music really is, you should try this.
Listen to the samples!"