Sings Edith Piaf

Sings Edith Piaf

by Raquel Bitton
     
 

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Music fans of the current generation who aren't familiar with the legendary French torch singer Edith Piaf should automatically go to track 13 here, where Raquel Bitton (a modern day French torcher who has dedicated much of her recent career to the music of Piaf) engages us in a tremendous version of the familiar "La Vie en Rose." As with all the songs here, she mixes… See more details below

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Music fans of the current generation who aren't familiar with the legendary French torch singer Edith Piaf should automatically go to track 13 here, where Raquel Bitton (a modern day French torcher who has dedicated much of her recent career to the music of Piaf) engages us in a tremendous version of the familiar "La Vie en Rose." As with all the songs here, she mixes English (with a French accent) with French, and this particular arrangement is sparse and beautiful, featuring a soft trio accompaniment and a beautiful opening trumpet solo, followed by a muted trumpet harmony once the vocal comes in. Not that she needs many gimmicky effects to enhance the magic of big band-influenced French jazz from the 1940s and 1950s, but Bitton's husky, sensuous voice comes at us on the opening cut, "I Shouldn't Care," with the crackle and pop of an old phonograph record. You don't even have to speak French to find swaying romances like "The Gypsies' Path" and folksy gems a la "The Lovers of Teruel" fascinating. Bitton brings old Paris alive quite beautifully with Bob Holloway's lush arrangements. No matter how much time goes by, the fundamentals of romance still never fail to engage the musical heart.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/18/2000
Label:
Higher Octave
UPC:
0724384924829
catalogNumber:
49248

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Raquel Bitton   Primary Artist
Jeremy Cohen   Violin
Larry Dunlap   Piano
Jon Eriksen   Harmonica,Vibes
Eric Hansen   Violin
James Hurley   Viola
Harold Jones   Drums
Tony Kaye   Acoustic Guitar
Charlie Keagle   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Saxophone
Bill Klingelhoffer   French Horn
Melecio Magdaluyo   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Mario Suraci   Bass
John L. Worley   Trumpet
Jim Zimmerman   Drums
John Gove   Trombone
Joseph Hebert   Cello
Ray Loeckle   Baritone Saxophone
James Shallenberger   Violin
Greg Barnett   Acoustic Guitar
Bill Keck   Conductor
Rick Vandivier   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin
Joseph Hérbert   Cello

Technical Credits

Raquel Bitton   Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer,translation
Fred Catero   Producer,Engineer
Bob Holloway   Arranger,Producer,Orchestration
Matt Marshall   Executive Producer
Dan Selene   Executive Producer
Jean Cocteau   Author
Henri Contet   Liner Notes

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