Oh, for the days of smoky cabarets on The Left
Bank in the 1920s. Paris Combo transports you back to those carefree
days with the beguiling voice of Belle du Berry and the talents of Potzi
(guitar), David Lewis (trumpet, bugle, piano, melodica), Mano Razanajato
(bass, vocals, guitar), and Francois Francois (percussion). This gifted
ensemble doesn't stop with the torch songs of the cabaret, but extends the
sound with influences of Spanish flamenco guitar, Middle Eastern
instrumentation, and 90s swing styles.
The good news is Paris Combo doesn't dilute their
core style for the sake of invention. Influences and gimmicks are used
sparingly for maximum effect and only enhance the finished product (including
the underwater trumpet solo on "Sous la lune"). The fact that
du Berry's lyrics are all sung in French only adds to the fun and deep
sensuality of the CD.
If you're looking for something different, I
highly recommend this CD. Check out "Living-room",
"Pas a pas", and "Sous la lune" to determine if Paris
Combo is for you.