Friday, September 16, 2016
A Square in Brussels: 8½ Souvenirs and "Place de Brouckere"
Today's random tune is by 8½ Souvenirs, an Austin band of the 1990s that disbanded about 2000. While called an American swing jazz band led by French-turned-American lead guitarist Olivier Giraud, it was clearly influenced by gypsy jazz and other European and Latin American styles. It's name came from the Fellini movie 8½ and the Django Reinhardt song "Souvenirs." This song, Place de Brouckere, is from 8½ Souvenirs' 1995 album Happy Feet, and was originally recorded by Django Reinhardt. The song is set to this video of birthday parties of people I don't know - I'm just using the video for the song as it's the only version out there on the internet.