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FRANCIS DARIZCUREN

I discovered Francis Darizcuren when I found a 2nd-hand LP at a record-fair: the artist was "Dariz", and the album was called "Swing Violin & Guitar". Upon closer inspection (several months later!), I worked out that all the players pictured on the front-cover (see pic below) are actually Francis Darizcuren i.e. he plays ALL the instruments on the album (violin, lead-maccaferri, rhythm-maccaferri x2, & bass) Hey, he even writes all the tunes (though it's kinda weird hearing "All Of Me" change-for-change, being called )! I really love his guitar-playing on this album - some of my favourite guitar-solos (not lightning fast, but really thoughtful & witty).
It seems that as far as gypsy-swing goes, that album was all he made, and unfortunately it has not been released on CD, though bits of it are to be found on a 'co-release' (he has 8 tracks on the CD, and a gentleman by the name of Guy Boyer has 11) called "Vibes, Violin & Guitar" (Music & Media - CDMFM2037). Its pretty enjoyable, Guy Boyer (who also is the co-writer on the Darizcuren material) writes/plays vibes-driven sometimes-vaudevillesque-lounge-music, which is really entertaining, if you can overcome any synthesiser-aversions you may have. Darizcuren's tracks, which are unsympathetically mastered (major treble issues!) are interspersed, making for a strange, yet appealing combination!
Other albums on which he appears include the soundtrack to the movie "1492", on which he plays mandolin (I haven't heard it..). Recommended is a CD called "The Arvanitas Trio With Francis Darizcuren" (FD Music - Auvidis - 151892), which is not hot-club, but a most entertaining violin-driven jazz-album; great playing all-round, & I especially like George Arvanitas (on piano). I couldn't find any site for Francis on the net, so please find the following:

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