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J'ai Deux Amours
     

J'ai Deux Amours

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by Dee Dee Bridgewater
 

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These Parisian café tunes bring out the best in this stellar jazz singer, particularly on the opening title track. Accompanied by accordion, which introduces the song, Dee Dee Bridgewater takes you from Paris down to the French Riviera with a warm, slightly island sound as she sings en français. And she has no problem creating her soothing jazz pipes regardless

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These Parisian café tunes bring out the best in this stellar jazz singer, particularly on the opening title track. Accompanied by accordion, which introduces the song, Dee Dee Bridgewater takes you from Paris down to the French Riviera with a warm, slightly island sound as she sings en français. And she has no problem creating her soothing jazz pipes regardless of language. It's as if she's been influenced by the greats but also by the late Henry Mancini in terms of some of the arrangements. A cover of "La Mer (Beyond the Sea)" is a faster, up-tempo approach far different than the swinging version by Bobby Darin. Guitarist Louis Winsberg also does a commendable job on this song. Bridgewater shines on several of these songs, especially her tender, hushed tone during "Ne Me Quitte Pas"'s opening before she opens up with drum brushes in the background. She changes things slightly during "Mon Homme (My Man)" when she opts to sing in both French and English, the latter in a rather swinging, tropical manner. The strength of the album is in the selections that suit the singer to a tee, including the soothing, down-tempo arrangement of "Que Reste-T-Il de Nos Amours," holding notes in the vein of Cassandra Wilson or Shirley Horn. The highlight is the dreamy ten-minute "La Belle Vie (The Good Life)" that opens with Bridgewater and a lone bass. In no hurry to finish the tune, Bridgewater seems to outdo herself as an accordion fades in and out of the song prior to a glistening guitar solo. Perhaps the lone aberration is "La Vie en Rose," which has less jazz and more of a world feeling to it as the drums and percussion create a sense of tension. Bridgewater has made a very good album. Tres bien.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/05/2005
Label:
Universal Int'l
UPC:
0602498697771
catalogNumber:
9869777

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dee Dee Bridgewater   Primary Artist,Vocals
Ira Coleman   Bass
Minino Garay   Percussion,Bongos,Conga,Timbales,Pandeiro,Daff,Chekere,Djembe,Bombo,Cajon,Sabar
Louis Winsberg   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Guitar (Electroacoustic),Guitar Effects
Marc Berthoumieux   Accordion,Vocals
Patrick Manouguian   Guitar

Technical Credits

Sacha Distel   Composer
Neal Hefti   Composer
Jacques Brel   Composer
Bobby Troup   Composer
Gilbert Bécaud   Composer
Edith Piaf   Composer
Rod McKuen   Composer
Charles Trénet   Composer
Dee Dee Bridgewater   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes
Ira Coleman   Arranger
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Jacques Prévert   Composer
Jack Reardon   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Albert Willemetz   Composer
Vincent Scotto   Composer
Claude Nougaro   Composer
Minino Garay   Arranger
Louis Winsberg   Arranger
Joseph Kosma   Composer
Jacques Charles   Composer
Maurice Yvain   Composer
Albert Lasry   Composer
Mack David   Composer
Henri Varna   Composer
Lee Wilson   Composer
Jean-Paul Gonnod   Engineer
Jean Luc Barilla   Art Direction
Georges Koger   Composer
Marc Berthoumieux   Arranger
Barry Trivers   Composer
Jean Marie Durand   Producer
Dominique Sautot   Director

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5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't even speak French but, I know Divine when I hear it. This CD is like having a precious Jewel. To your delight, she sings from the depths of her soul. Enjoy !