Saturday, January 25, 2014

Jef Gilson - Chanson De Jazz (2013)

The French chanson is a song that’s as inextricably linked to French culture as crêpes, croissants and cognac. Their poetic, romantic lyrics are set to music that’s characterised by following the rhythms of the French language rather than those of English, and have been used as serenades since time immemorial. Even in recent years many French artists, from Édith Piaf to Serge Gainsbourg, have added their own particular gems to the roster. Here is a small yet perfectly formed collection of some little known chansons - with a twist of jazz – produced by French jazzman extraordinaire, Jef Gilson.

 The music is sublime, sexy and seductive chanson jazz with a distinctly French flavour. Classic Gilson ‘60s repertoire with rarely heard vocal performances. Previously unreleased songs by obscure chanteuses inspired by Brigitte Bardot, France Gall and Francoise Hardy.

This album is a companion disc to our Jef Gilson ‘Archives’ album JMANLP063, and is available on 10” VINYL ONLY. No CD, no digital. It comes with comprehensive and detailed liner notes with information on each track in English et en français. It is a deluxe 10” vinyl LP pressing with laminated sleeve and flaps glued on the outside – ‘60s style!

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