Oct 5, 2018

RhoDeo 1839 Grooves


Today's artists are a Dutch-Belgian jazz band, originally consisting of Doc (Ferdi Lancee) and Inca (Barend Fransen). Doc played guitar and Inca played saxophone, while both performed vocal duties. After the pair split in 2013, the band continues working and touring with a different lineup. .  ....N'Joy

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Founders Ferdi Lancee and saxophonist Barend Fransen started their collaboration in 2001 in response to a soundtrack for a one-off lounge evening in Belgium.  The music comes in the hands of the great independent Play It Again Sam in Brussels which leads to the albums (In Search Of) Excellounge (2001) and Kind Of Cool (2002).  Some songs end up on the soundtrack of the series Six Feet Under and the feature film Ghost Rider (released in 2007).  In 2003, Gare du Nord will tour the Netherlands and Russia with a nine-strong band.  The third album, Club Gare du Nord (2005), will be recorded in its own Cell4-Studio in the Netherlands.  On that record, the duo is supported by, among others, the French jazz trumpet player Erik Truffaz and the gospel singers from the American Imani Fellowship Choir.

Dutch guitarist Ferdi Lancee (real name: Ferdy Dousenbach, born October 21, 1953 in Tilburg) and saxophone player Barend Fransen (born January 4, 1959 in Helmond) started working together in 2001, when they started writing lounge music in Belgium. The music comes in the hands of the great independent Play It Again Sam in Brussels which leads to the albums (In Search Of) Excellounge (2001) and Kind Of Cool (2002).  Some songs end up on the soundtrack of the series Six Feet Under and the feature film Ghost Rider (released in 2007). In 2003, Gare du Nord toured the Netherlands and Russia with a newly formed band containing nine musicians. Their third album Club Gare du Nord (2005) was recorded in their own Cell4-Studio in the Netherlands. French Jazz trumpet player Erik Truffaz and the gospel singers of the American Imani Fellowship Choir contributed to the album. Around that date (2005), Barend Fransen left his job as president of Dutch record store chain "Van Leest" to spend more time on the band

On January 12, 2006, during Eurosonic in Groningen, the Underground Station Tour 2006 of Gare du Nord started. The jazz duo made the soundtrack for Stout, a book by Heleen van Royen and Marlies Dekkers.

Gare du Nord recorded the single "Ride On" with British singer Paul Carrack. This song appears on their fourth album, Sex 'n' Jazz (2007). The album is the first part of a so-called love trilogy. In addition to Carrack, the album is vocally supported by Dutch singer Dorona Alberti, as well as soul singer Marvin Gaye in the song "You're My Medicine". The song can be heard in Sexual Healing, an American biographical movie from director Lauren Goodman about the last years of Marvin Gaye's life. The song was also released as a single. On April 28, Gare du Nord received a golden record for their debut album (In Search Of) Excellounge. In late 2007, Gare du Nord went on the Theatre Tour Sex 'n' Jazz. Sales of Sex 'n' Jazz earned the duo a second golden record in October 2007, handed out by fashion designer Marlies Dekkers. On October 15, a Gold Edition of Sex 'n' Jazz was released containing six newly recorded tracks.

Gare du Nord is now an established name on Dutch stages;  founders Fransen and Lancee perform about sixty shows in theaters and pop clubs every year with their seven-piece band.  A contract is signed with the Blue Note Records label.  First comes the mix album Jazz In The City with the hit Beautiful Day that can be heard for months on Dutch radio in 2008.  The album achieves the gold status.  Fransen and Lancee write the song Come To The Ball for Grace Jones.  In 2009 the new album Love For Lunch is released with a cover design by Marlies Dekkers.  Also for this album the duo receives a gold record and later a platinum record.

The band Gare du Nord is now separated from the project Gare du Nord. The band will perform on stage without Ferdi or Barend who are going to focus on the new album and a movie. In 2010, the duo makes a second mix album for Blue Note with tracks by, among others, Marvin Gaye and Isaac Hayes (Let's Have A Ball).  In the autumn Gare du Nord undertakes a first big club tour with twenty shows in the larger pop rooms of the Netherlands, On October 3, 2011, the new album Lilywhite Soul was presented in Amsterdam, again on the Blue Note label. This album contains a cover of Lou Reed's Perfect Day.

Two songs (a remake of Pablo's Blues and a new song Tarantino's Tango) are submitted for the new Quentin Tarantino movie Django Unchained. These songs are also present on a new soundtrack album, called Rendezvous 8:02 released on June 4.. In October 2012 the first live album is released, entitled Lifesexy. The release turns out to be the very last album Barend and Ferdi work on as a creative team.

Barend and Ferdi split and go separate ways; Ferdi quit the public music business and Barend set up a completely new live band together with singer Dorona Alberti and guitarist Aron Raams. By the end of 2013 Universal Music releases the 3-cd box Collected. The new Gare du Nord band tours the Netherlands for the 35 City Live Tour. The shows feature guest appearances by classical harpist Lavinia Meijer. In January 2014 Lavinia Meijer presents a multi platinum award for the Sex 'n' Jazz album, a platinum award for Love For Lunch and a gold award for Lilywhite Soul to the band in a fully packed Muziekgebouw Eindhoven. Songwriter Barend Fransen starts writing new songs with several contemporary composers for a new 10-song songcycle to be premiered live on stage as Gare du Nord:

The band is touring in the new line-up of 30 Dutch theaters for the Undressed tour.  Barend Fransen writes together with Aron Raams and Lennaart Raams repertoire for a completely new album that will be released on October 30, 2015.  The album is called "Stronger!"  and testifies to the changes that the band has undergone in recent years.  The album also contains two French-Lancee compositions.  Key composition on Stronger!  is the 23-minute suite La Dolce Vita, which covers the whole of the album on the vinyl version of the album.  La Dolce Vita emerged as the soundtrack of the book Iglo In de Sahara by Barend Fransen.  In the novel Fransen describes the ten years that he had contact with Guus van Hove, former director of the Tilburg pop stage 013. A contact that ended in 2011 when Van Hove and his girlfriend were mysteriously killed in Joshua Tree National  Park during a three-week round trip through the United States.  The book will be published in 2017, more than five years after the unclear events.  At the end of 2015, Gare du Nord started the Stronger! Club tour that will bring the band back to the Dutch clubs.

With a new keyboardist, Ferry Lagendijk, the band dives into the theater and clubs for the 15th Anniversary Live Tour.  During the tour it is known that the album Stronger!  has been nominated for the Edison Audience Award 2016. In the spring of 2017, the Dutch tour will be continued in another 25 theaters, with the band collaborating with trumpet player Eric Vloeimans as special guest.  The year 2017 will be dominated by A Decade Of Sex 'n' Jazz: the ten-year jubilee of the Netherlands' most successful popular jazz album of all time: Sex 'n' Jazz.

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Ferdi Lancee was once known as the author of the Dutch-language sing-along hit Suzanne.  Barend Franssen earned his living as owner of the Van Leest record shop/ label and magazine maker.  Since 2001 they have been working together as the lounge duo Gare Du Nord.  With their fourth album Sex 'n Jazz they broke through on a large scale.  Earlier albums were gold, this time the multiple platinum status was reached.  Love For Lunch - 'volume 2 in a love trilogy' - builds on the success formula with contributions from singer Dorona Alberti, trumpeter Jan van Duikeren and saxophonist Henk Koekoek.  Two numbers stand out.  The opener Come To The Ball seems to have been sung by Grace Jones and appears to have been composed exactly for that singer on closer examination.  When the demo worked out well Franssen and Lancee decided to keep the song for themselves.  The choice for Summertime is less original.  It shows guts (or is it shamelessness?) To include the umpteenth version of this 'standard of standards'.  Gare Du Nord tries with a solid dance beat, occasionally interrupted by percussive guitar playing.  As a result, this well-known tune between the tracks of the gentlemen in which hardly any new terrain in the genre is explored.

Gare du Nord - Love For Lunch (flac  334mb)

01 Come To The Ball 4:05
02 Dish Of The Day 3:27
03 Summertime 5:12
04 Call It Quits 3:56
05 A Matter Of Time 3:55
06 Poor Boys Blues #2 3:57
07 Almost There 3:31
08 Groove Me Up 4:06
09 After The Ball 0:54
10 Berlin Beat 4:30
11 Voodoo 4:40
12 Come On Everybody 4:34
13 Love For Lunch 4:32

Gare du Nord - Love For Lunch (ogg  118mb)

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Lilywhite Soul is the nickname that producers Barend Fransen and Ferdi Lancee, the men behind Gare Du Nord, came up with for their singer Dorona Alberti.  This nickname not only refers to her milky white skin, but also refers to the new life that recently sprouted in her belly.  Alberti gave birth to a son at the end of July and the period of her pregnancy inspired Fransen and Lancee to write a dozen new songs.  In comparison to the earlier CDs of Gare Du Nord, Lilywhite Soul has become a more personal album.  Dorona's baby has made the band a lot more mature.  Translated to music, this leads to an album full of light pop music.  The question remains what such an easy listening album has to look for in the catalog of Blue Note Records, the most renowned jazz label of all time.

Gare du Nord - Lilywhite Soul (flac  299mb)

01 Fantasize The Love 4:11
02 Love Will Find A Way 3:30
03 More Than Madly 3:14
04 Too Close To See 4:20
05 Gucci Girl 3:44
06 Thirtysomethin' 3:24
07 Perfect Day 3:39
08 Language Of The Blues (Blues For Amy) 3:28
09 Breathe 5:17
10 How Was It For You 3:15
11 Little Mystery 3:58
12 Lilywhite Soul 4:16

Gare du Nord - Lilywhite Soul (ogg  106mb)

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The Dutch-Belgian jazz band duo Gare Du Nord released their seventh studio album Rendezvous 8:02 in 2012. Since their formation at the beginning of this century they released a list of jazz and blues albums in which they show the listener how much fun they have creating their musical pieces. The focus on Rendezvous 8:02 is not in favor of singer Dorona Alberti, but of trumpet players Eric Truffaz and Jan van Duikeren who carefully mix their elongated tones with the film noir sounds of the producers.  Rendez-vous 8.02 has become a famed record in which urban jazz effortlessly meets with ancient blues while they still keeps on swinging. The album breathes the atmosphere of the big city Paris and is a welcome addition to the discography of this unique band. The album includes a new version of Pablo's Blues, while their recognizable lounge sounds still remain.

Gare du Nord - Rendezvous 8.02 (flac  259mb)

01 Tom's Song 4:05
02 What's Up! 4:11
03 Somethin' Like That 4:16
04 Pablo's Blues 2012 (Tarantino Mix) 3:55
05 Tarantino's Tango 3:12
06 Hay, Mr Glider 3:48
07 Groove Me Up 4:07
08 Poor Boy's Blues 3:56
09 Hotel Beat, Paris 4:14
10 Golden Days Of West Coast Jazz 4:12
11 The Great Fantastic 3:40

Gare du Nord - Rendezvous 8.02 (ogg  99mb)

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With Stronger!  Gare Du Nord says goodbye to the lounge once and for all.  Time for change.  And that is also the motto of this album.  Life is based on changes.  The intention is that you get stronger out of that than you went into it.  In the case of Gare Du Nord this works excellent, because Stronger!  is the most eclectic album that this Dutch band has ever made.  It is concept based on the legendary rock LPs from the 70s. Side A contains five tracks and side B a continuous suite of 23 minutes.  in the first three songs the influences from their lounge years are still clearly visible.  It produces funky, jazzy pop music that reminds light of the times of jazz funky from the 70s as played by artists like Bob James and Grover Washington.  The first half ends with minimal pop music that is supported by the beautiful voice of Dorona Alberti.  The suite La Dolce Vita can be regarded as a cinematic soundtrack with blues, classical, jazz and rock.  The closing We Still Grow with background vocals of a Gregorian choir builds up to a magnificent climax and at the same time offers us a promise for the future.

 Gare du Nord - Stronger   (flac  261mb)

01 Words Without Meaning 4:35
02 Avalanche Of Dreams 5:37
03 Gimme That Sexy Thing 3:16
04 Stronger! 4:43
05 Best Days Of Our Lives 4:59
06 La Dolce Vita (Main Theme) 4:12
07 If These Walls Could Only Speak 4:26
08 Shiny, Dark, Bush, Sky 3:26
09 A Different Grain Of Sand (Desert Theme) 3:47
10 We Still Grow 7:17

 Gare du Nord - Stronger (ogg   102mb)

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