The Hot Sardines – French Fries & Champagne (2016)

The Hot Sardines - French Fries & Champagne (2016)
Artist: The Hot Sardines
Album: French Fries & Champagne
Genre: Vocal Jazz
Origin: USA
Released: 2016
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps

Tracklist:
01. Running Wild (03:26)
02. People Will Say Were In Love (03:27)
03. When I Get Low I Get High (feat. Alan Cumming) (03:48)
04. Addicted To Love (03:26)
05. Sweet Pea (02:21)
06. Comes Love (L’amour S’en Fout) Medley (05:09)
07. Here You Are Again (03:36)
08. Until The Real Thing Comes Along (04:49)
09. French Fries & Champagne (03:01)
10. La Fille Aux Cheveux Roux (Weed Smokers Dream) (04:27)
11. Gramercy Sunset (04:15)

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Formed in New York in 2007, the Hot Sardines burst on the music scene with a self-titled debut album tagged by iTunes as one of the best jazz albums of 2014.

Continuing the passionate pursuit of delivering the delectable sounds of early swing, jazz and blues, the eight-member ensemble hits all the right notes with a sizzling sophomore release.

Fueled by lead singer Elizabeth Bougerol and pianist Evan Palazzo, the Hot Sardines serve up an appetizing collection of slick covers and original numbers influenced by artists like Fats Waller, Jelly Roll Morton, Dinah Washington, Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday with “French Fries and Champagne.”

Sound intriguing? Oh, it’s all that and a bag of chips for sure.

Carving out a niche for the band’s unique style, the Hot Sardines follow similar-sounding bands from the ‘90s such as Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Squirrel Nut Zippers by bringing an appealing freshness to a vintage style for a new generation of music fans to savor and appreciate.

From the classic Marilyn Monroe film “Some Like It Hot,” the peppy and playful tone of “Running Wild” initiates the festivities before giving way to the charming love ballad “People Will Say We’re in Love” from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!”

The album’s sparkling performances are highlighted by a dreamy cover of “When I Get Low I Get High” originally recorded by Ella Fitzgerald in 1936 and a sultry version of Robert Palmer’s classic hit “Addicted to Love.”

The former features a special appearance by Alan Cumming from “The Good Wife” while the latter showcases the sophisticated sex appeal of Bougerol’s lush and alluring vocals.

“We’re going to have a party/Invite all our friends/Drink and pretend life’s grand/Everything is dandy,” sings Bougerol on the title track that reflects the tasty blending of the high-lifers and the ham-and-eggers.

Bougerol sounds like a younger Linda Ronstadt from her soothing collaboration with Nelson Riddle on “What’s New” and “For Sentimental Reasons” on the lovely “Until the Real Thing Comes Along.”

With “Comes Love” and “La Fille Aux Cheveux Roux,” Bougerol spices things up by singing in French. I’m not quite sure what she’s saying, but it sure comes across mysterious and saucy.

“Gramercy Sunset” is a relaxing instrumental perfect for forgetting the day’s woes as one gently eases into the cocktail hour to unwind and reflect.

The latest effort from the Hot Sardines demonstrates that you can indeed mix fries and champagne and still have yourself a real good time.
By Clint Rhodes

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