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The French-Swiss Radio Light Orchestra (LS 4/1975)


The French-Swiss Radio Light Orchestra also known as "Groupe Instrumental Romand" was formed in 1961 to meet the increasingly varied musical needs of Switzerland's French-language radio and television.

It is made up of 11 internationally-known performers who also compose and arrange much of their own material. Within the orchestra itself are eight smaller formations including a jazz group, a trio and a saxophone sextet. The “Groupe Instrumental Romand” is under the direction of Roger Volet, and co-leaders are Luc Hoffmann and Stuff Combe.

Musical content

1. Scrabble
(Stuff Combe)
2. Humoresque
(Anton Dvorak, arr. Jean Pierre Dupuis)
3. Tequila
(Chuck Rio, arr. Stuff Combe)
Eric Brooke, tp; Urszula Dudziak, vocal effects
4. Somebody Stole My Gal
(Leo Wood, arr. Stuff Combe)
Eric Brooke, tp

Personnel of the French-Swiss Radio Light Orchestra (Groupe Instrumental Romand)

Eric Brooke (tp, flh). Raoul Schmassmann (tp, flh). Luc Hoffmann (s, cl, fl). Tony d’Adario (s, cl, g). Jean-Pierre Dupuis (s, cl). Robert Seidel (s, cl, fl). Joe Stupin (tb, vb). Jean-Pierre Beltrami (tb, btb). Achille Scotti (p, org). Bob Jaquillard (b). Stuff Combe (perc). Roger Volet (cond). Guests artists. String section during a Eurovision Song Contest broadcast.

Background information

Switzerland is a small alpine nation shaped and influenced by great cultural cross-currents that have swept through Europe over centuries. Out of elements of diversity, the people of this country have forged a distinctly Swiss identity. And music is one of its most eloquent expressions. “Musica Helvetica” explores different facets of music in Switzerland from its earliest beginnings to the latest works of modern Swiss composers, from folk music to rock and jazz. This historical series span the years 1973 to 1998. These recordings are not available.

Production information

Musica Helvetica. Lightly Swiss LS 4. French-Swiss Radio Light Orchestra. Produced in 1975 for SBC / SRI by Lance Tschannen (this recording is not available).

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