Baro Ferret

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Baro Ferret
Baro Ferret (right) with Gus Viseur, still from 1960s film clip.jpg
Background information
Birth name Pierre Joseph Ferret
Born 1908
Died 1976
Genres Romani music, gypsy jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1930s–1960s
Associated acts Django Reinhardt, Matelo Ferret Sarane Ferret, René Didi Duprat

Pierre Joseph "Baro" Ferret (1908–1976) was a Gypsy jazz guitarist and composer.[1] He was known by his Gypsy nickname "Baro," which meant "Big One" or even "King" in Romany. Through his brother Jean "Matelo" Ferret, Baro met Django Reinhardt, and the two became both friends and notorious rivals.[2] From 1931, the Ferret brothers, along with their third brother Etienne "Sarane" Ferret, and cousin René "Challain" Ferret, were favorite sidemen of Reinhardt. Baro recorded around 80 sides with the great guitarist. The Ferret brothers played with musicians including Didi Duprat.

Baro retired as a full-time musician during World War II and devoted himself to running bars and to various black market businesses during the German occupation of Paris, an activity he continued into the early 1970s.[3]

As a composer, Baro's "valses bebop" were years ahead of the times. His works such as "Panique...!," "La Folle" ("The Madwoman"), "Swing Valse" (written with Belgian-French button accordionist Gus Viseur), and "Le Depart de Zorro" were modernistic, surreal, and dark, part Musette, part modern jazz.[4]

His nephews, Jean "Matelo" Ferret's sons Boulou and Elios Ferré continue to perform gypsy jazz.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dregni, Michael (2008). Gypsy Jazz: In Search of Django Reinhardt and the Soul of Gypsy Swing. Oxford University Press. pp. 146–161. ISBN 978-0-19-531192-1. 
  2. ^ Dregni, Michael (2004). Django: The Life and Music of a Gypsy Legend. Oxford University Press. pp. 41–46. ISBN 0-19-516752-X. 
  3. ^ Dregni, Michael (2008). Gypsy Jazz: In Search of Django Reinhardt and the Soul of Gypsy Swing. Oxford University Press. pp. 160–161. ISBN 978-0-19-531192-1. 
  4. ^ Dregni, Michael (2008). Gypsy Jazz: In Search of Django Reinhardt and the Soul of Gypsy Swing. Oxford University Press. pp. 99–101. ISBN 978-0-19-531192-1. 

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