"Galliano just keeps getting better" Independent on Sunday
Accordionist Richard Galliano has succeeded, through his musical emphasis on melody, rhythm and harmony, in imposing his instrument in musical contexts that previously ignored it, like jazz and classical music.
His new album, Ten Years Ago, finds him recording with a big band, the Brussels Jazz Orchestra, for the first time in his career, truly reinventing jazz orchestral music by adding his very personal touch and emotions. All songs are self-penned (except Michaelangelo 70 composed by Astor Piazzolla), and arranged by himself and by Bert Joris.
Born in 1950, he made his first break in 1973, landing a position as conductor, arranger, and composer for Claude Nougaro's orchestra. He remained there until 1976, and went on to work with numerous American and European jazz luminaries, including Chet Baker, Joe Zawinul, Toots Thielemans, Ron Carter, Michel Petrucciani, and Jan Garbarek. After meeting Astor Piazzolla, Galliano refocused on his European heritage, and set about reviving and updating musette, widely considered antiquated at the time. He has performed in major venues and festivals worldwide, causing a stir first in his home country, then among international jazz and world music fans.