I was wondering if anyone else on here is a fan of the bal-musette music genre? Although it's still popular in parts of Europe, this is a somewhat overlooked genre of music, but some world-famous talents emerged from this music scene. What comes to mind are the talented accompanists who mastered various instruments and the accordion players who performed, jammed, recorded and mingled with legends such as violinist Stephane Grapelli and guitarist Django Reinhardt. It's interesting when you see how interconnected the scene was, considering that just about everyone played on each other's recording sessions. The Manouche/Gypsy people frequently played banjo and contributed to the music and its culture. This and the rise of swing music during the early 1900s helped to diversify the sounds by including popular instruments such as violin, piano, clarinet and saxophone. All of these instruments and talented players helped to create what was considered the ultimate "dance music" during this period. The people who played, danced and listened to this music were often working class Parisian folks who recognized the importance of music as an art form and enjoyed its social aspects. This music also has a rich history relevant to not only Europeans, but everyone in the world. For example, Adolf Hitler and the Nazis feared that this music would promote free thinking. The Nazis devised a plan to infiltrate this culture of music by planting their own spies into the music scene. I'm glad they were not successful, as most music lovers can't survive solely on classical music like Adolf had intended. More recently, I read that Bob Dylan is a big fan of accordion music. This is evident on his "Tempest" album, where he collaborated with Los Lobos' David Hidalgo. I don't blame him for including Hidalgo, such a diverse accordion player and of course Los Lobos are great! I noticed Dylan included Gus Viseur's "Flambee Montalbannaise (Valse) on the Artist's Choice compilation, which showcases music which is dear to his heart. Gus Viseur is one of the pioneering accordion players of the genre. To some, this music will take you back to the 1930s and 1940s, but for others it will take on an entirely new life of its own.