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Piano Bar
     

Piano Bar

by Patricia Kaas
 

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Patricia Kaas' 2002 release Piano Bar is a lovely, seductive collection of romantic mood music, pulled directly from the chanteuse tradition but sounding utterly contemporary. Some credit must go to producer/arranger Michel Legrand, who keeps the polished surface softly glimmering, yet this is merely a stage for Kaas, whose vocals are never flashy, but always

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Patricia Kaas' 2002 release Piano Bar is a lovely, seductive collection of romantic mood music, pulled directly from the chanteuse tradition but sounding utterly contemporary. Some credit must go to producer/arranger Michel Legrand, who keeps the polished surface softly glimmering, yet this is merely a stage for Kaas, whose vocals are never flashy, but always alluring. The album consists primarily of mid-20th century songs from such stalwart European composers as Charles Anzavour and Jacques Brel, who were covered frequently during the '60s by European and American singers alike. As such, Piano Bar can feel a bit like a '60s vocal pop album at times in terms of approach and material, but Legrand's synth-heavy arrangements help bring it into the modern era as much as Kaas' unhurried delivery. The end result is a lovely, winning album, another fine recording by a fine vocalist.

Editorial Reviews

Billboard
Kaas brings her extraordinary vocals—sultry and smoky, supple and welcoming—to this collection.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/11/2002
Label:
Sbme Import
UPC:
0632427981022
catalogNumber:
506169

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Performance Credits

Patricia Kaas   Primary Artist
James Talbert   Alto Flute,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Claude Egéa   Trumpet
Michel Legrand   Strings
Mark Berrow   Strings
Chris Cameron   Piano,Conductor,Keyboards
Rob Davis   Guitar,Keyboards
Martin Ditcham   Percussion,Drums
Martin Loveday   Strings
Rita Manning   Strings
Roy Martin   Drums
Robin Millar   Organ,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Strings,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vibraphone
J. Neil Sidwell   Trombone
Steve Sidwell   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Muted Trumpet
John Themis   Guitar,Guitar Effects,Guitar (Nylon String),Guitar (Tremolo)
Chris Tombling   Strings
Dave Woodcock   Strings
Gavyn Wright   Strings,Leader
Peter Lale   Strings
Patrick Kiernan   Strings
Bruce White   Strings
Steve Walters   Bass,Strings
Julian Leaper   Strings
David Daniels [cello]   Cello

Technical Credits

Michel Legrand   Arranger,Producer
Chris Cameron   Arranger,String Conductor
Rob Davis   Programming,Producer
Jim Lowe   Engineer
Robin Millar   Arranger,Producer,String Conductor
Mike Ross-Trevor   Engineer
Carl Sigman   Adaptation
Benny Wood   Programming
Roland Guillotel   Engineer
Steve McNichol   Programming
Michel Lorentz   Programming
Iain Roberton   Engineer

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