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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 ...
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All Music Guide - Jason MacNeil
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/5/2005
  • Label: Universal Int'l
  • UPC: 602498697771
  • Catalog Number: 9869777

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Superb

    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 !

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