Quick OverviewCD Vintage France
Step back in time with these beautiful and timeless French chansons by legends and contemporary artists. Though echoing the past, Vintage France (Putumayo World Music; February 26, 2013) proves how alive and hip classic French chanson remains. Several generations of musicians continue to find inspiration in tunes that were first popularized in the early to mid-1900s. On Vintage France, sultry songstresses such as the iconic Juliette Grco (singing the Belle poque beauty La Valse Brune) and Madeleine Peyroux (with a cheeky renewal of Serge Gainsbourgs La Javanaise) join newcomers Francesca Blanchard (Sous le Ciel de Paris) and Dutch jazz harmonica whiz Martijn Luttmer (Les Parapluies de Cherbourg). Old master Norbert Slamas swinging Nany, is full of Gypsy jazz energy and retro warmth, and demonstrates the connection between Paris of the 1940s when Slama first performed, and the vibrant French music scene of today. French artists have created this beautiful, melodic music that has stood the test of time, reflects Putumayos founder and CEO Dan Storper, who has visited France many times in search of universally appealing French and world music. Perhaps the greatest surprise, notes Storper, was discovering Norbert Slama, a blind octogenarian accordion player who performed with Josephine Baker and Edith Piaf, in my backyard in New Orleans. His performances in a small, vintage caf in the Marigny transported me to a bygone era. This harmonious collection has deep roots. From the outdoor guingette dances where the waltzing musette instrumentals of early French popular music began, to the cabarets where Edith Piaf, Maurice Chevalier and other legends entertained a country struggling with the recovery from World War II. Over the last 100 years, the French chanson tradition has undergone a process of evolution, yet retained an inimitable charm.