This is another record I bought at the swap meet in Amsterdam when I went last November. It was one euro. When I posted the other dutch albums I bought back in January, I had a spot conversion but I am too lazy to go back to see what it was. If I knew the subject was red headed, I might not have elected to go with back to back red hairs, two days in a row. Oh well, this has been typed so here we go.
Yvette Horner, is a French accordionist/ pianist which meant I had to translate French Wikipedia for this info. Born in Tarbes in 1922, she won the Accordion World Cup in 1948, becoming the first female to do so.
According to this translation, she has played over 2,000 concerts, as well as released over 150 records with cumulative sales of 30 million. She has collaborated with musicians from the world of jazz, country, and electronica among others.
From what I can tell, she is of no relation to the German instrument manufacturer, Horner, of whose accordion she has in the cover photo. From what I can tell, she currently lives in a retirement home in Paris.
This record, which was a dutch release, on EMI. This might have come out in 1986 or perhaps may have been a re-release of an older record. I am not sure and did not want to spend more than 4 minutes to find out. What I do know is this is a pretty decent collection of polka flavored accordion in a Parisian style. The title translates to the grandest waltzes and that is what this is. Pretty good stuff accordion-wise, Horner did have a pretty tremendous talent.
That reminds me. I probably picked this album to reminisce of how I used to play accordion and how I do not do that anymore. When I did though, I did have the idea to do “Popcorn” on the instrument. Well, apparently Horner beat me to that.
Well, there is not much to add to that. So here is the sample, “Gigolette”.
Good album. Satisfactory.