CD Duration: 42.31 / Year: 2011
2011 release of classic French tunes played on the Yamaha Tyros 2.
The Windows of Paris
Je Taime Moi Non Plus
Pour En Flirt
Les Bicyclettes de Belsize
Hymne a L’amour
La Vie En Rose
An Einem Sonntag in Avignon
Latest from John Kyffin
Organ and Keyboard Cavalcade Review by Ian King
The new release from John Kyffin is a European affair with the title “A French Connection”. The CD is recorded on the Yamaha Tyros (his previous releases have been on Wersi organs) and this is the first with a set theme as it contains a beautiful selection of French tunes. If you don’t recognise many of the titles, you will probably know more once you start listening.
John has been producing CDs for the past four years. These were requested by his friends, family and fans and so were not released on a record label, but by John himself (under the name D.D. Demos which he started in 1987 to produce backing tracks). This is the first CD we have stocked, but hopefully we will have his back-catalogue in the future.
John started playing organ at the age of eleven and went on to become resident organist at several clubs in the North West and has also appeared on TV, radio and many theatres across the UK (as a solo artist, part of various bands and also a duo with his brother Ian). He has also demonstrated organs and keyboards for Lowrey, Hammond, Elka, Yamaha & Wersi.
He lists his favourite organist as Klaus Wunderlich with other influences being Harry Stoneham, Jimmy Smith, Keith Beckingham and Bryan Rodwell. You can certainly hear some of their styles in this CD (particularly Klaus).
It’s hard to pick out highlights of the CD as most of the tunes are very enjoyable, but the best include the bouncy opener “The Windows of Paris” with a piano/strings melody, “Apres Toi” with a nice brass introduction followed with a lovely strings lead with guitar and flute backing (before going all orchestral). There is an unusual string arrangement of “Je t’Aime Moi Non Plus” without the heavy breathing or THAT Hammond organ riff, the waltz “Les Bicyclettes de Belsize” is another one given the beautiful string treatment. “Hymne a l’Amour” is probably one of the better known pieces and the arrangement is an unusual one, the melody starts with an accordion (with portamento) layered over what sounds like a Theremin in the background… very haunting. “La Vie En Rose” is worth a mention being the most famous track on the CD, this one has string and brass leads over a very flowery piano backing.
This is a very listenable CD indeed and is already one of my favourites of 2011. Many of the tracks lean towards string and orchestral arrangements (which is no bad thing) and for a CD of solely French tunes, there is very little use of the accordion preset (again, no bad thing).
Review by Ian King from Organ and Keyboard Cavalcade Magazine.