Paris Combo – Paris Combo (1998)

Paris Combo - Paris Combo (1998)
Artist: Paris Combo
Album: Paris Combo
Genre: Chanson, Swing, Pop-Jazz, Cabaret
Origin: France
Released: 1998
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps

Tracklist:
On n’a pas besoin
Moi, mon ame et ma conscience
Je reve encore
Les portes de l’ennui
Irenee
Interlude Potzi
Istanbul
Le roi de la foret
St Exuberant
Si j’avais ete
Ainsi soit-il
Valse d’amour
Obliques
Je suis un if
Berry-Bouy

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The debut recording by this international French-based group draws their musical influences from many sources. Cabaret and the swing and sweet bands of the ’30s and ’40s become immediately apparent, and upon further inquiry Cuban and Brazilian rhythms, Spanish guitar, and gypsy music are all evident. An accomplished instrumental lineup including accordion, trumpet, and acoustic jazz guitar helps to facilitate abrupt and frequent stylistic changes. “Moi, Mon Âme et Ma Conscience” is a Cotton Club-styled sizzler performed in the Cab Calloway tradition while “Istanbul” evokes images from its namesake. Guitarist Potzi is a superb Madagascan musician whose expertise lies in the acoustic guitar and who presumably cites Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian, and Joe Pass as influences. David Lewis’ muted trumpet along with Potzi’s gypsy jazz guitar and Belle du Berry’s colorful and expressive voice is a wonderful combination and is fully capable of interpreting the music of the world in new and unique ways.
Review by Dave Sleger

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