”La terre, il se pourrait bien après tout que ce soit une espèce
de merveilleux petit appareil enregistreur, plaçé là par on ne sait qui,
pour capter tous les bruits qui circulent mystérieusement dans l’Univers.”
Pierre Reverdy - ”En vrac” - 1929

”J’entends tous les bruits de la terre grâce à mes oreilles et mes nerfs de cristal
dans lesquels circulent le feu du ciel et celui des volcans.”
Michel Leiris - ”Le point cardinal” - 1927

"Go, go, go! ... Go! go! ..."
John Lee Hooker


Gino Bordin

Gino Bordin, born in 1899 in Vicence (North Italia) started with his brother
in the "Ottorino's African Jazz ", an orchestra which mixed accordions, banjos, guitars, bùmbass with horn, as well musical saw played by Gino himself.
In the early 20s, he went in Paris to play banjo and musical saw, as well an impressive harp-guitar, at Bousca's, a Bastille's famous place for dancing in Paris where the french "musette" started to be fashionable.
He supported Antoine Bouscatel who was one of the masters of the "musette" (bagpipes from Auvergne, France) and Charles Péguri at diatonic accordion.

"C'est une valse qui chante"
by Gino Bordin (muiscal saw) and Charles Paknadel (violin)
Parlophone 80483 - 1930/1931 / courtesy of Grass Skirt Records

Then he started to play guitar in the Hawaiian style, and became successfull through his concerts, radio shows and records on his own name, as well accompanying known singers as Tino Rossi, Lucienne Delyle, as well accordion aces as Louis Ferrari, Gus Viseur, Fredo Gardoni and many others.

A reissue of Gino's acoustic steel guitar music from the 30s had been published by Les Cook, manager of Grass Skirt Records and our friend Cyril Lefebvre who signed the excellent booklet. 

excerpt of the tribute played by Loïc Hula Boy in L'isle sur la Sorgue, south of France,  last week-end, where was fixed a commemorative plaque on the wall of the house where Gino finished his life in 1977.

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