Challain Ferret

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René "Challain" Ferret (also "Challun" Ferret, * 1914 ; † 1996 ) was a French gypsy jazz and musette guitarist. He is also known as the "fourth honorary brother " of the three Ferret brothers.

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René "Challain" Ferret, a cousin of jazz guitarists Pierre Joseph "Baro" , Etienne "Sarane" and Jean Pierre "Matelo" Ferret , played rhythm guitar with Gus Viseur from the late 1930s ("Swing Valse", " It Had to Be You ”) and with the Quintette du Hot Club de France . With Matelo and Baro Ferret and bassist Maurice Speilleux he formed Le Trio Ferret , which recorded several records in Paris in 1938/39 (including "Ma Théo", "Gin Gin" and "La Valse des Niglos"). In 1938 recordings were made with the saxophonist Albert Ferreri (including "Andalousi" and " Exactly Like You ").

In February 1948 he appeared at the Festival de Jazz in Nice with Stéphane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt and took part in the following studio recordings for the Swing label in Paris (" Oh, Lady Be Good "). In the field of jazz he was involved in eleven recording sessions between 1938 and 1948. In the 1950s he accompanied accordionist André Verchuren and violinist Yoska Nemeth . After his marriage, he moved to Midi , where he continued to perform locally, in the 1980s with a jazz band called Django Jazz . His son Paul "Challain" Ferret is also a guitarist and worked a. a. with Christian Escoudé .

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  1. According to a dissenting opinion, the musician is actually called Charles-Allain Ferret , which was pulled together to "Challain" (but it may be a middle name); see. Michael Dregni, Alain Antonietto, Anne Legrand: Django Reinhardt and the Illustrated History of Gypsy Jazz . 2006, p. 132
  2. Michael Dregni Gypsy Jazz: In Search of Django Reinhardt and the Soul of Gypsy Swing Oxford 2008, p. IX
  3. a b c Michael Dregni: Django: The Life and Music of a Gypsy Legend 2004, p. 270.
  4. The Bibliothèque nationale de France , on the other hand, is of the (wrong) view that he is the actual brother of Baro and Matelo Ferret.
  5. Freres Ferret
  6. Other cousins ​​besides René "Challun" Ferret were Jean "Nénène" Maille and Joseph Solero, who were also active as guitarists in the 1940s; see. Patrick Williams: Django Reinhardt , 1996, p. 112
  7. Ferret was left-handed.
  8. Discographic references at Sunnysie Records
  9. Mediateque de la Cité de la Musique
  10. Tom Lord : The Jazz Discography (online, accessed March 28, 2016)