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Compilation of songs in gypsy jazz

PapsPierPapsPier ✭✭
edited August 2013 in Repertoire Posts: 406
on the french forum of gypsyjazz (guitarejazzmanouche), the idea of gathering the songs in romanes and in french we can hear in gypsy jazz arose (for example, on Schnuckenack or Bamboula Ferret recordings)
I have begun to look for information about all this stuff and a first draft is now available. Since I use some information from Djangobook forum, may be some of you could be interested in this book of songs.
The idea is for each song to have Composer (music and lyrics), interesting performances of the song, lyrics, translation (in French, sorry...), chords and the melody (not available yet...).
The book is divided in two parts : songs in romanes, russian, rumanian, deutsch... and songs in french.

There are some flaws and things I will add and correct in next days but if you want to have a look at this book... I'll be glad to receive your comments, suggestions... and the missing information you may have.

For information, the main flaw is related to the spelling of the sinti songs which varies according to the source I used. I will correct this and try to use only one spelling.

The book is enclosed at the end of the message, but if there is a problem, this another link


  • Thank you for posting this.
    The Magic really starts to happen when you can play it with your eyes closed
  • CalebFSUCalebFSU Tallahassee, FLModerator Made in USA Dell Arte Hommage
    Posts: 557
    yeah seriously thanks. I have wanted to learn Pabol Pabol for years and have been too lazy to really sit down with it lol.
    Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn't work hard.
  • François RAVEZFrançois RAVEZ FranceProdigy
    Posts: 294
    Hi everybody,

    Thanks to Caleb for having pointed out this topic and for the pdf.

    What a strange collection of songs, Django tunes, french standards and modern composed songs.

    The interpreter of Le dernier soir is Odette PACOU and Tino Rossi sang "Maria".

    I am surprised to see "Le Jour où je te vis"(does not appear in the content) which is not the best known song of Jean Sablon and not "Rendez-vous sous la pluie" or "Par correspondance". Why "Que reste-t-il de nos amours" by Charles Trénet and not "Ménilmontant" or "Verlaine". Why not "Pigalle" or "Si tu savais" by Georges Ulmer. Why not "La Foule", "Seule ce soir", "Mon pote le Gitan", "Mon amant de Saint-Jean", etc...


    François RAVEZ
  • PapsPierPapsPier ✭✭
    Posts: 406
    Hello, thanks for your messages
    The choice of songs was first based on the songs found in two kind of CD : the Schnuckenack and co series for romanes songs and Bamboula & Fapy CDs for old french songs.
    That's why for example Mon amant de St Jean, Mon Pote le gitan etc... don't appear in the book.

    But you're right, some of your suggestions are really relevant (I have forgotten them whereas I am a big fan of these songs...): I'll add other songs by Jean Sablon and Django, songs of George Ulmer which are not so famous.
    However, I don't want to add more famous french songs : there is no specific interest since information can very easily be found on internet for these tunes. (for example La foule, Mon amant de St Jean...)

    FOr information, in the romanes songs, I have found information about the Puri dai Waltz in the movie Swing (TOny gatlif), where an old woman sings accompanied by Tchavolo. I will complete the pdf.

    Feel free to suggest other songs you would like to add in this "book" and I will try to find them.
  • François RAVEZFrançois RAVEZ FranceProdigy
    Posts: 294
    I understand better

    Here are a few more suggestions :

    Tico Tico
    Où es-tu mon amour
    Quand refleuriront les lilas blancs
    Oui (si tu me dis oui)
    Wa Di Wa Di Ou
    Ma première guitare
    Vous qui passez sans me voir
    La camarde
    La javanaise
    La mer
    Un homme et une femme
    Mon Dieu
    Ne me quitte pa


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