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Cool and Hip

Benabar is cool and très français...this young man (real name Bruno) may be the heir apparent to Brel, Brassens and Aznavour. Merci, Gwenael, for introducing us to him with the self-titled CD (unfortunately only available in France at the moment). His whiskey-voice, clever lyrics, and cabaret-style music make for a great combination. Les Risques Du Metier appears to be just as good, and available as an import in the US and Canada.

Sympathique by Pink Martini... a huge hit here in France, although the artists are from Seattle! Je ne veux pas travailler...and you often hear people crooning or whistling the title track as you wander about.

Chambre Avec Vue featuring Henri Salvador, another octogenarian French chanteur, has been around forever but is enjoying tremendous success with his latest album. Recent winner of the French version of the Grammies, his music is jazz, blues and the Mediterranean sea combined!

Coralie Clément, a young up-and-comer in France, sounds like a female Henri Salvador -- jazzy, kittenish, French sexy. Have a listen to her new CD, Salle Des Pas Perdus.


Holiday
Noel! Noel! French Christmas Music features 32 tracks, performed by the Boston Camerata dn the Boston Shawn and Sackbut Ensemble...a collection of clear voices, period instruments, and a mix of Christmas of previous centuries (including Gregorian chant, works by Beauvais).

Collections
Putumayo's French Cafe includes performances by renowned French '60s icons like Serge Gainsbourg, Georges Brassens, Brigitte Bardot, Jane Birkin and Barbara, and contemporary musicians who have been adding new energy, such as Paris Combo, Enzo Enzo, and Baguette Quartette. A great mix of old and new!

Cafe Parisien: Chansons, Accordions, Croissants  has it all...including Piaf, Gabin, et l'esprit de la belle France! 

All The Best From France: 40 French... Standard fare, but features the greats -- songs & singers.

Paris After Dark One of the best collections, with great liner notes.

Cafe De Paris 1930-41: 18 Accordion...
What's French music without the accordion? (best not answered)

Volare! - The Very Best Of The Gipsy Kings is a collection of music from these Southern boys...southern France, northern Spain.

Chanteuses
Edith Piaf, Nana Mouskouri, Josephine Baker, Mistinguett, Mireille Mathieu, and how about Mireille Mathieu singing tribute to Edith Piaf in Chante Piaf!

Josephine Baker left St. Louis and the US as a young woman to make a name for herself on the Paris stage. A roaring success, she lived the rest of her life there and became a national treasure. In the early 1970s she bought a castle in the Dordogne and tried to create a home for unwanted children, much to the dismay of the locals. Controversy swirled around her all her large life, but the brilliance of her performances was never questioned. J'ai Deux Amours is an incredible collection of some of her best songs from the 1930s.

Vieilles Chanson De France is a warm collection of French songs sung by Nana Mouskouri, whose soft voice does justice to these standards. Besides, she's one of the few singers who wears Buddy-Holly-style glasses on stage and makes it work!

Tour De Charme, from Patricia Kaas, one of France's newest chanteuses (although she's from Eastern Europe originally) has been at the top of the charts here in France.

Chanteurs
Maurice Chevalier, Charles Trenet, Jacques Brel, Charles Aznavour, Tino Rossi, Yves Montand...they're all crooning for you!

Aznavour 2000 is the latest from the man, who is on tour throughout France in spite of his 78 years young! It's Aznavour, what can you say?

Jazz & Such

Le Quintette Du Hot Club De France , featuring Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli

Paris Midnight: 50 French Hits by Liane & the Bohème Bar Trio, who do a mighty nice job on some French standards.

Paris Combo is an interesting French group who mix Dan Hicks and who knows what all else...you have to listen to a few samples on amazon to get a feel for this wacky and wonderful combo.

Soundtracks
Man & A Woman (Master) soundtrack (laah, daah, daah ... la-da-da-da-da ... la-da-da-da-da ... laah, daah, daah ... la-da-da-da-da ... la-da-da-da-da ...)

French Kiss: Original Motion Picture... this soundtrack is chock full of great music from Louis Armstrong to Ella Fitzgerald to Charles Trenet to Tino Rossi, even Van Morrison...and don't miss Kevin Kline singing Trenet's La Mer (that Bobby Darrin sang as Somewhere Beyond the Sea). One of our all-time favorites.

 

 

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