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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Francophone faves Paris Combo return with the latest installment of their winning formula-if such a wide arrangement of rambunctious styles can really be called a formula. With one foot in Gypsy jazz and French cabaret music and the other wildly tap dancing through big band, cocktail music, Latin styles, and more, Paris Combo reflect their polyglot hometown. Vocalist Belle du Berry contributes a new slate of wry lyrics, commenting on everything from love to television to tourism, while guitarist Potzi brings an acoustic shuffle and frenetic picking that will please fans of Django Reinhardt. The rest is filled in by band members hailing from Australia, Madagascar, and, ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Francophone faves Paris Combo return with the latest installment of their winning formula-if such a wide arrangement of rambunctious styles can really be called a formula. With one foot in Gypsy jazz and French cabaret music and the other wildly tap dancing through big band, cocktail music, Latin styles, and more, Paris Combo reflect their polyglot hometown. Vocalist Belle du Berry contributes a new slate of wry lyrics, commenting on everything from love to television to tourism, while guitarist Potzi brings an acoustic shuffle and frenetic picking that will please fans of Django Reinhardt. The rest is filled in by band members hailing from Australia, Madagascar, and, of course, France. Fans of such retro-pop outfits as Pink Martini will find fast frères in Paris Combo.
All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
It wouldn't be exactly accurate to call Paris Combo a throwback to the 1930s, despite singer Belle du Berry's jazzy, period-perfect crooning style and the fact that guitarist Potzi coifs himself in explicit homage to Django Reinhardt. But it wouldn't be exactly inaccurate, either, and there's nothing wrong with that. David Lews' trumpet snakes and sizzles, almost always with a mute, through the songs' decorously swinging melodies while du Berry drops her lyrics in an expressive but rather dry voice and drummer François Jeannin and bassist Mano Razanajato keep the grooves powerful but light. The irony is that, although Potzi is the one who most dresses the part of a retro jazz cat, he's actually the band's utility man, laying down Django-style chord solos one minute and swinging out in a more modern style the next, while pulling various tones and attacks out of his bag of tricks from time to time. But the band is smart enough to always keep the sonic focus on the sweet, dry voice of du Berry, whose clever lyrics and flawless accuracy make every song a low-key delight. Recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/11/2005
  • Label: Drg
  • UPC: 021471848328
  • Catalog Number: 8483
  • Sales rank: 140,402

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 High, Low, In (3:33)
  2. 2 Calendar (3:09)
  3. 3 Aquarium (4:32)
  4. 4 Ennemis Siamois (3:33)
  5. 5 Etoile Pâle (3:59)
  6. 6 Touriste d'Une Vie (3:56)
  7. 7 Baguée (3:08)
  8. 8 Motus (3:17)
  9. 9 Reflet (3:41)
  10. 10 Prête À Porter (4:17)
  11. 11 Baron de Chaise (2:29)
  12. 12 Discordance (3:49)
  13. 13 Aléas (3:41)
  14. 14 Je Ne Sais Qui Fumer (5:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paris Combo Primary Artist
Jonathan Handelsman Bass Clarinet, Saxophone
Dieter Zimmermann Trombone
Florin Niculescu Violin
Belle du Berry Accordion, Vocals
Sedef Ercetin Cello
Mano Razanajato Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Double Bass
Zorica Stanojevic Violin
Uncle Dave Lewis Piano, Trumpet, Bugle, Melodica
Technical Credits
Oz Fritz Producer
Ancel Duberry Composer
Paris Combo Composer, Producer
D. Richard Lewis Composer
Belle du Berry Composer
Romain Bilharz Artistic Director
Mano Razanajato Composer
Uncle Dave Lewis Producer, String Arrangements, Bass Arrangement
Aude Sirvain Graphic Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not as good as earlier albums but it still is Paris Combo magic

    This album is milder and less vibrant than earlier albums, and lacks the drama of, say, Living Room, or the original Paris Combo album. Those facts are relative, not absolute. The vocals are still exciting and the splendid mix of Austin-style jazz and Chansonier make this a wonderful listening experience. Even mediocre Paris Combo is wonderful! However, I hope the next one is better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Who cares if you don't understand what their saying!

    Great music! You'll be singing along to you don't know what but who cares! Transport yourself to France every day with the CD

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