A guy left his car unlocked and his accordion on the back seat. When he came back, there were two.
To me squeezeboxes are a mystery, all those piano-type keys on one side and an array of buttons on the other requiring a degree of ambidexterity I do not have. Actually, I could say that about nearly all music instruments. However accordions and concertinas do conjure up images of Parisian cafés and Romany camp fires.
An accordion is also the only instrument you hug; in other words, there is a certain romance attached to them. If you want to know more, check out Squeezebox Stories, some radio broadcasts outlining the social history of the instrument across the world.
Also check out this list of jazz accordionists with portraits, including Giuliana Soscia.
As always, these tracks are from my archives. If two names are given, the second is the accordionist.
- Gil Goldstein – Punk Jazz
- Maria Kalaniemi – Kuun Henki
- Dino Saluzzi – Milonga de Mis Amores
- Dona Dumitru Siminică – Afare e Intuneric
- Puseletso Seema & Tau ea Linare – Leshano
- Ulf Wakenius w. Vincent Peirani – Chorinho
- Gus Viseur & Son Orchestre – I’ve Got Rhythm
- Ubiet w. Riza Arshad – Keroncong Pasar Gambir
- Ian Bellamy w. Stian Carstensen – My Waltz For Newk
- Rita Marcotulli & Luciano Biondini – La Strada Invisibile