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Ruff by Monsieur Dubois

The cover proclaims this is danceable hard jazz and well it is. Since the inception in 1999, Monsieur Dubois has been only in Europe, playing clubs with real instruments and a real following. Fast forward seven years later and the release of their debut album, Monsieur Dubois are not Bowlin’ for soup, they are Bowlin’ for acceptance and they may have found it.

Following the footsteps of improvisation, but yet keeping in mind that these songs are written, Monsieur Dubois keep the whole album improvised composed. Each song is danceable right from "Das Banck," which shows the skills of Rudi Sanders on drums and Udo Demandt on percussion, to the last track "Killer Herman," combining alto work of Bart Wirtz and trumpet of Dirk Beets.

What really stands out on the album is the Fender Rhodes of Maarten Meddens and the double bass work of Kasper Kalf. Though it appears that Monsieur Dubois, other than recording this album, has not been as active as they should be, as shown on their website, if these guys ever can to North America along with other European stand out Hipnosis, these guys would gather a fan following.

While the website and/or the CD try to explain the origin of the group's name, the sounds inside explain the origin of the band. To classify them as soul/funk jazz is close. These guys know how to put together a great album. This Rotterdam sextet has all the bases covered from Fender Rhodes to trumpet to double bass and a club tour to support this album is not out of the question.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Monsieur Dubois
  • CD Title: Ruff
  • Genre: Soul / Funk Jazz
  • Year Released: 2006
  • Record Label: Challenge Records
  • Rating: Four Stars
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