Un Cafe Pour Deux: Mademoiselle’s new CD is a beautifully swinging composition of Gypsy Jazz made from China
I’m a Hard Rock/Metal kinda guy but I do have a soft sport of good old Jazz. From Louis Armstrong to Ella Fitzgerald and going through all the classics. French Jazz, with its little Gypsy flavor, also holds a special place in my heart with the likes of Boris Vian, Georges Brassens et Co. The first time I stumbled upon Mademoiselle et Son Orchestre, she immeditely won me over with her sensual voice and her covers of classics. I was hooked! A few years later, she’s finally managed to record a CD with a combination of originals and covers! I’ve been listening to the CD for 2 days now and I am loving it!!!
Being a purist, I was a bit apprehensive about the covers but I must recognize that justice was done. On “La Complainte des filles de joie”, a Brassens original, Marie-Claude and Vincent do an admirable job dueting. It’s playful and witty, an original take on an real classic. The title track, “un cafe pour deux”, is a Mademoiselle original that belongs right up there with the covers. The quality of the songwriting, the play with words and the imagery showcase the band’s potential. I look forward to more of their songs. Overall, the band’s talent is incontestable. They’re veterans of the music scene with years of experience under their belts and can hold their own even when sharing the same stage as world class performers like Olivia Ruiz.
As Marie-Claude mentioned in her interview yesterday, my favorite track “Le Grand Mur” didn’t make it on the record due to risqué lyrics which is a shame! She’ll hopefully find a way to release it elsewhere because i love how the recording turned up. We’re left with 16 excellent tracks however that include 4 originals while the rest are covers/remakes of French classics.
Sure, some of this lyrical prowess will be lost on Chinese and English audiences but the music makes up for it and it can be an incentive to try and learn French, right? I wish they had included their interpretations of “Summer Time” and “Bella Ciao” as they’re great crowd pleasers but I guess that’s just an extra excuse to come out and catch them play live.
Come out for a swinging charming good time tonight, Tuesday December 14th at 2 Kolegas for the CD release party.