Joana AMENDOEIRA - Le Chant Du Monde
CMT 274 2020
Joana Amendoeira presents her seventh album Sétimo Fado, an
original work combining traditional fado with arrangements for
accordion, piano and cello.
Joana Amendoeira brings new lustre to this traditional Portuguese
art form. The themes are familiar – melancholy, sadness, love,
happiness, distress – but the seamless arrangements bring a real
touch of modernity to Joana’s fado.
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Philippe Laudet’s creations and his style sculpt a musical rainbow, a blend
of fiery tempi and waltzes with tints of bossa nova, soul, the West Indian
beguine, swing and hard bop. The sounds are delicate or forceful in turn,
searing or joyful, violent, rebellious, melancholy or funny. In short, a
world drawn by a succession of light touches and suggestions, like the
delicate strokes of a paintbrush; it leaves us, his alien public, full of
nostalgia for this imaginary journey across this Planet Music with its
endearing melodies and rhythms.
LIVE IN PARIS
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This concert selected out of all those recorded during the Les
Nuits Manouches Festival at last gives us the opportunity to reexperience the reality of that evening, the art of this singular
musician, outstanding instrumentalist and unusual personality.
UNE VIE DE VOLEUSE
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Hearing Lola Lafon sing always makes me think of Leonard Cohen, and when I saw her live at a
concert this impression was magnified.
[…] There’ll be a lot of comment about this album, L’Abandon, after the song Dominique A wrote
for her; this will no doubt serve as a lazy way of ranking her performance, categorizing her, giving
her a place in the new French chanson, whereas what really pleases and strikes one about Lola
Lafon is actually the way she fits profoundly into a certain tradition that she’s defending by reviving
it; I mean that of Piaf, Barbara, Colette Magny…
[…] ‘Les filles volent’ – Girls steal. Including their life as thieves. It’s a deliberate desire to live
apart, differently.[…] ‘Now is the time to reclaim life’.
La vita nova can’t be translated. It survives, carries on.
And can be sung.
© photo Lynn S.K.
CMJ 274 2022
Sonia Cat-Berro is a jazz singer rooted in her own era who watches
and listens to all the modern jazz played in today’s clubs, and uses
it as the basis for her own aesthetics. What she creates from this is
stylishly modern, hip and pop as well. It’s jazz with a bit of funk
and a lot of groove.
If Sonia Cat-Berro was a place, it would be a stylish pop art loft in
the Soho district of New York.
If Sonia Cat-Berro was an ambiance, it would be that of some postfunk lunar groove.
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Márcio Faraco is a Brazilian singer… From this adjective, this nationality, comes an entire fantasy
of some distant land, voluptuous, delicate, dreamy and mischievous…
With both voice and guitar recorded as close as possible, Márcio Faraco gives us that
version/vision of Brazil and those bossa nova rhythms: an intimate, honed down portrait, serious
and indolent at the same time.
An invitation to take a trip into a world of lush sensuality as well as light-hearted simplicity.
Definitely a great vintage.
LA FEMME QUI MARCHE
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After Anharia, an album of her own
compositions, Elisa Vellia and her
harp propose a fresh approach to
Greek traditional music. From Asia
Minor to the islands in the Aegean
Sea, in the wake of oral tradition,
all these songs seem tailor-made
for this instrument once so present
in Ancient Greece yet fallen into
oblivion for a long time now. The
ageless oral tradition has been
handed down from mother to
daughter from Asia Minor right
through to modern-day Greece.
Steeve LAFFONT QUARTET
LIVE IN MARCIAC
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A live album, the recording of the most memorable concert of the
Marciac Festival, summer 2010.
7000 people gave standing applause to all those taking part in this
generous performance of music as demanding as it was spontaneous.
An unforgettable moment of sheer humanity and fellow-feeling.
© photo Francis Vernhet
CMJ 274 2021
De loin on aurait
cru des oies ...
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Mi camino con el
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harmonica, everyone thinks
about Bob Dylan. Yet, miles
away from virtuosity, Bob Dylan
is just breathing in his
harmonica! It is this spontaneity
Greg Zlap wants to talk about in
his new album "Air": he wants
to talk about air, respiration,
the breath that gives life to his
harmonicas and his voice. The
album was written on the road
during the Tour 66 with Johnny
excitement of the scene and
the loneliness of hotel rooms,
always in motion. True to his
personal definition of Blues, the
rocker-looking Greg Zlap chose
the joyful "Free Soul" to open
his new album that should
appeal to all the souls in search
of fresh air!
OF THE SPRING
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Dramatic diva with a haunting voice and stunning stage presence.
For her second album, Daughter Of The Spring, singer Mor Karbasi explores roots: remembering
and recalling childhood, parents, family, ’the fire of’ youth, first love, the search for true love
and the passing on of wisdom and tradition through one’s own family.
“Mor Karbasi is one of the great young divas of the global music scene, alongside the likes of
Mariza or Yasmin Levy. But Karbasi has her own, highly individual approach to the music and she
sounds as dramatic as she looks, switching effortlessly from songs that mix flamenco and North
African influences. Like many of the best new songs here, it was written by Karbasi herself,
along with her impressive co-producer Joe Taylor. This is surely one of the albums of the year”.
THE GUARDIAN, April 25th 2008 **** (on previous album)
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This new album is co-produced by Stuart Bruce (Frankie goes to Hollywood, Yes, Loreena
McKennitt, Maxime Le Forestier, Kate Bush) and Clara Ponty and is the first to feature Clara
mainly as a singer. Guest artists Jean-Luc Ponty, Nigel Kennedy, Vincent Segal and Damien Smitt
add their talents to this album. Clara is performing songs that cover a wide range of subjects
including her own spiritual path, her view on our modern life, and personal life experiences.
Today, Clara Ponty is that rare artist, whose enticing voice and virtuoso level playing fuses her
classical heritage with jazz and pop rhythms into a seamless stream of captivating sounds.
Speaking about her life as an artist she says, “music for me has always been a much more exact
communication than mere words because it allows me to explore a dimension of the soul that I
cannot express in ordinary language. Creating music gives me the courage to realize emotions
that I might not be able to draw out otherwise, and I can tap into worlds that can transform me
and contribute to my evolution as a human being".
LES POMMES DE MA DOUCHE
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This album is a tribute to Georges Brassens. It presents instrumental versions of the jazziest
songs of the French singer, each time with a Django theme introduction and a 7 track bonus
album featuring Adamo singing one Brassens’ song.
Les Pommes De Ma Douche were the ones who instigated the revival of “gypsy swing” thanks to
their first album (Y va tomber des cordes!). Their intelligent understanding of a certain era
enabled them to be absolutely on target; this album brings it to life with true precision and
finesse, evoking those years when young jazz swingers (the zazous) and their American guests –
their heroes - lived it up in the cellars of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. By now the fame of Les
Pommes had spread beyond national boundaries, especially in Japan where they are considered
to be the ambassadors of French-style swing.