Things went well between the Dutroncs at the Montreux Jazz Festival

Despite a power failure shortly before the encores, the concert between father and son of Dutronc & Dutronc on Friday evening in the Stravinsky Auditorium of the Montreux Jazz Festival was seductive. The duo found the right tone between homeland songs and jokes.

The blow of the Swiss collapse at the time of “Merde in France (cacapoum)”…. A height. While Jacques Dutronc is dueting in Yoghurt-Sabir with his son Jacques, the five musicians from their Corsican band and four street sweepers who have arrived on the front stage, darkness and silence suddenly set in, causing the refrain and a concert to cut off the money towards his two encores to more sustained rock rhythms.

This also has to laugh at Gainsbourg, his ex-brother from Valve, who served his friend Dutronc this sink-babble song on set in the mid-1980s and was made bartender in charge of the lyrics.

On Friday evening, the Stravinsky Hall remained speechless for a moment in the face of this incident, unprecedented in recent memory, while Dutronc senior laughed and fished for information and Dutronc junior joked without losing his nerve in the slightest: “You swept everything away inside you Away”. Laughter in a space already acquired, before the young French singer-guitarist switches to acoustic and improvisational mode while waiting for the amplified sound to return. Too bad, “the electricity was good,” adds Thomas wryly.

That little hiccup of about fifteen minutes ultimately served only to bring the audience and the band closer together, performing inside the retro recording studio sign. A decor in the form of a “recording studio in use” coupled with a bar with its art deco bedside lamps, guitars or sombreros hanging on the back wall, which have not been silent for nothing.

Thomas and Jacques Dutronc on the Stravinsky Auditorium stage at the Montreux Jazz Festival, July 8, 2022. [Lionel Flusin – FFJM 2022]

bitingness and complicity

With the always piquant “Cactus” sung in tandem as an epilogue, for which Jacques Dutronc pulled slippers over his cowboy boots, the family reunion ends with its load of “ouch, ouch, ouch”, good words and two coordinated voices both in sharpness and also in the complicity of an inheritance repertoire.

During this first joint Dutronc tour with a stopover in Montreux, the slogan “to increase the taste of life” was visually accompanied by a vote in favor of Dutronc & Dutronc in the spirit of “L’opportuniste”. The rest of this pleasant performance logically looked like a best of the venerable singer with dark glasses but without his eternal cigar on the Stravinsky stage.

Acoustic braces and slippers

From the syncopated “And me, and me, and me” to “Playboys”, to “Santa’s Daughter”, “I like girls”, slightly revised for the occasion in “I like the girls who are there this evening/ (. . .) from the canton of Vaud, from Geneva”, “Don’t do this, don’t do that” about the prohibitions (one of his father’s first songs, which Thomas adored, he admits) or this “Paris wakes up” in a telephone transition shot after “J’aime plus Paris” with gypsy jazz accents by Thomas Dutronc. Some of his songs also interfere regularly (like the more rocky “Aragon” or “Comme un manouche”) in the performance and let the patriarch withdraw into the backstage area.

A small acoustic bracket for three in guitar voices over the melancholic “Gentleman Einbrecher” and “Kleiner Garten”, with a Dutronc, who benefits from his stage stool at 78, also lends the whole thing a bit of old-fashioned charm. On an instrumental we also whistle the melody and briefly recall the words of “Time of love” by a François Hardy invited to this scenic family council: “It’s the time of love/Time for friends/And adventure”.

The union between an 80-year-old expert in amateurism and his 50-year-old proactive son has kept its promises. A notorious draught, which was in no way overshadowed by the power outage.

Oliver Horner

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