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 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.