I grew up hating the accordion. In Sweden, there was (is?) an annoying kind of folk music about sailors, with clichéd stories and whining sound. It was so bad, one year on April First, Pioneer took out full page picture ads in the major newspapers introducing the SX-9700 II, a typical 1970s receiver with a chromed front panel festooned with a multitude of knobs and switches, one of which was an accordion filter. If only…
But in recent years I have discovered a lot of really great jazz — or Avantgarde music, genres are imprecise — that leverages the accordion. I’ll share my favorite musicians and albums, with some technical notes at the end.
Btw, accordion and bandoneon are of course used in Tango and French musette music. I’m not talking about that, even though I like tango…
The most well-known is of course Dino Saluzzi. Fabulous. He plays with many Northern European jazz greats.
One of the more interesting works is a duo with Anja Lechner — bandoneon and cello, who’da thunk?
Other complex combinations:
Another accordion/cello combination:
Jean-Louis Matinier is another great guy, with Anouar Brahem:
And in the Tarkovsky Quartet, he plays again with Couturier and Lechner:
And this is an intriguing album, the French Matinier on accordion with the Italian Ambrosini on nyckelharpa, a Swedish folk instrument
And the French Galliano with the Swedish Lundgren and the Italian Fresu:
I said this note is about jazz, but Tango Nuevo is quite interesting, of course. Astor Piazzolla is the inventor, and you can hear him perform, as well as others performing his compositions:
And many other great artists do it:
A technical note: there is no way to query the database for an instrument. But if you Tag the artists with “accordion” as you come across them, that tag propagates to the albums.