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Le Grand Baton

a Studio release
Le Grande Baton

Release Year: 2008

Date Label Catalog # Comments
The songs on this release are sung in Creole.
Added To Proggnosis Database on: 11/30/2008 12:00:00 AM
Entry Last Updated on: 4/26/2014 7:36:00 AM by: DBSilver
  1. Don't Copy
  2. Ou La Ka Pal Intro
  3. Atou Pannan (Ou La Ka Pal)
  4. Fil
  5. Pawl: Avan Yo Jwenn
  6. Zaf A Kuule La
  7. Gran Rivy
  8. An Mitan Pit
  9. Manzl
  10. D Jou Avan Intro
  11. Toutl Dpi D Jou
  12. Ki Zanma
  13. Pawl: Joune Ay
  14. Les Jours SAllongment
  15. Epilog

Mbutu (Jean-Christophe Maillard)
guitar, lead vocal

Pascal Rey,
Sonny Troup,
Thierry Arpino,

Philippe Makaa
Ka Drum

Obanilu Allende

Bendji: Djemb,
Jean-Claude Kebali,
Anthony Candullo,
Etienne Mbapp

Reviewed by Marc on 09 Feb 2009

A very interesting cd this Le Grand Baton, a project of French musician Mbutu (Jean-Christophe Maillard, who originates from Guadeloupe.

The music features some traditional drums from les Caraïbes, so it offers a "World music" mood to the listener, even though it is often driven by aggresive electric guitars played in a manner that could remind of Steven Wilson's or Brett Kull's style. Some of Peter Gabriel more intense music could also be an acceptable reference. Because of that, I think that that fans of the heavier side of Prog should be interested by Le Grand Baton.

Mbutu sings in creole and he has a voice that really reminds me of Québécois singer Luck Merville (born in Haiti), that also put out an album in creole in 2004 ( Ti peyi a). In my opinion, this is quite a compliment I make, Merville having reached a star status in Canada and in francophone Europe.

Le Grand Baton is an excellent album to seek out for listeners of "World music" with a rock edge. Take a listen via the band's myspace page. Highly recommended.

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