Various Artists / French Jazz Essentials
Album:French Jazz Essentials Collection:Jazz
Artist:Various Artists Added:Jan 2006
Label:Bureau Export De La Musique Francaise 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2006-01-08 Pull Date:2006-03-12 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:Feb 12Feb 5Jan 29Jan 22Jan 15

Recent Airplay
1.Dec 27, 2013:No Cover, No Minimum
Morning (Edit)
4.Feb 03, 2006:No Cover, No Minimum
Morning (Edit)
2.Mar 02, 2006:Rock in a Position
5.Jan 27, 2006:Memory Select
Morning (Edit)
3.Feb 10, 2006:No Cover, No Minimum
South Ferry
6.Jan 27, 2006:No Cover, No Minimum

Album Review
Reviewed 2006-01-06 
Bureau Export, 2005

This is a nice overview of the current jazz scene in France, assembled by an industry consortium (the Bureau Export) whose mission is to give French music exposure in other countries. The music here is all pretty mainstream, and generally quite good, yet most of these artists have been completely ignored by jazz radio stations in the U.S. (boo!) Let’s give ‘em some love!

Fo’s picks: 1, 5, 7, 8, 10-13

1. 5:26 – rolling modern bop, mellow but active, good sax & piano
2. 3:48 – dinner-jazzy female vocal with a touch of sass & a light Latin beat
3. 5:29 – perky modern bop ditty with strong bass, lilting sax
4. 4:18 – soul-jazz w/female vox (in English), a boogaloo strut, decent sax solo.
5. 4:06 – uptempo musette swing w/accordion lead, elec. guitar
6. 5:18 – piano trio: ballad intro, then Latinized uptempo. Rather bland.
7. 5:28 – Ellingtonian drag w/Yusef Lateef. Weary sax solo, shuffling rhythm.
8. 5:36 – angular modern bop: light piano, straight sax, heavy bass, active drums
9. 4:44 – simple melody for sax, a mellow mood, cute/silly organ solo in middle!
10. 4:35 – 60s-style improv, clarinet grinds over freewheeling drums & bass
11. 3:59 – Erik Truffaz world/hiphop fusion, Arabic vox, English rap, cool trumpet
12. 2:53 – modern gypsy swing, Spanish-style guitar duo, upbeat and flowing
13. 4:30 – more gypsy swing! Midtempo and jangly with thumping beat, sweet violin
14. 6:22 – trio ballad, bass in front, starts low-toned and quiet, then opens up
15. 7:12 – gentle solo piano intro, then mild ‘n’ mellow bop, heats up gradually
16. 1:24 – short, cute piano solo, very quiet. WARNING: might skip!

[Fo] 1/6/06

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1.Trotignon, Baptiste & David El-MalekNir-Hein
2.Lazarus, SaraMorning
3.Beuf, Sylvain Trio267
4.Fatien, LaikaZigaboogaloo
5.Scmitt, DoradoRaiza Ouna Endo
6.Canonge, MarioManman-Dlo
7.Belmondo, Lionel & Yusef LateefMorning (Edit)
8.Moutin Reunion QuartetMRC
9.Lourau, JulienLisa & Flavio
10.Kassap, SylvainMadrugada
11.Truffaz, ErikYabbous
12.Romane & Stochelo RosenbergDouble Jeu
13.Schmitt, TchavoloAntsela
14.Coq, LaurentSouth Ferry
15.Forte, SergeBiscaros