Customer Reviews


5 Reviews
5 star:
 (4)
4 star:
 (1)
3 star:    (0)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 
Most Helpful First | Newest First

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and crazy!, January 12, 2008
This review is from: Belle et Fou (Audio CD)
This CD is one of the all-time greats in my collection. Belle et Fou literally has it all: R&B, chill-out/lounge, house, downtempo, 70s-style pop fusion, disco, and even some Barry White-esque soul. Despite the multitude of genres -- it is a compilation, after all -- there's a beautiful cohesion among the tracks. The underlying theme of orchestral soul-jazz is complex yet unifying.

Melodic horns, lush strings, muted synth, and the gamut of percussion instruments make this CD one of the most unique and satisfying albums I have ever heard. What's even more satisfying is that you get 19 tracks of this musical bliss.

Apparently, Belle et Fou ("beautiful and crazy" in French, but the adjectives are in feminine and masculine forms, respectively) is an all-senses-incorporated theater/dance dinner show at the Casino of Berlin. Jazzanova was commissioned to create this "musical mosaic" of a soundtrack. Many of the tracks are not their own; working with the show's director, they chose the music specifically to fit the mood of the show. However, Jazzanova did write and produce several of the tracks themselves; these blend beautifully with the other hand-picked selections and add to the relaxed mood of the album.

This artsy, soulful album will quench a musical thirst you didn't know you had. Highly recommended!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Belle et Fou = Beau Ti Ful!, April 30, 2008
This review is from: Belle et Fou (Audio CD)
In 2006 Berlin acquired a new show... and as realized by four star chef and events caterer Hans-Peter Wodarz and producer/director Arthur Castro, Belle Et Fou combines dance, theatre and refined culinary delights and is topped off with an exquisite soundtrack that is produced and compiled by none other than Jazzanova!

This soundtrack features new material from Jazzanova as well as several amazing hand-picked selections from the Sonar Kollektiv label's back-catalogue. Orchestral soul is the predominant `genre' on the soundtrack, however we see a wide-ranging plethora of influence and style when we examine this 70 minute collection of aural ecstasy in greater detail.

Take for instance, Micatone's "D-D-D-Dance," (from their 2005 release Nomad Songs) which builds the funky groove with shakers, deep funky bass and vocals that make you want to strut your stuff all the way down your block!

Once you've had your dancing fill and would like to take it a little slower, this soundtrack has got you covered! Just take a listen to the live recording of Jazzanova ft. Clara Hill performing "That Night" at the Sonar Kollektiv Office, and not only will the pure beauty of Clara's voice and the professionalism that Jazzanova play their instruments with bring a tear to your eye, but will firmly establish that the sweetness of this sound is coming from a very real and heartfelt place in this life.

Don't be fooled, this soundtrack is coming full-range and represents sounds from a higher-realization on Jazzanova's angelic downtempo `killer of a track,' "Sirens." This cinematic arrangement is both lush and wondrous in texture and uses sounds of the female voice as an instrument (as opposed to a vehicle through which words bring imagery to mind) gently melded with acoustic guitar, harp and smooth bass sounds to form a song that could easily be mistaken for the feeling of soaring along mountain tops on the back of a majestic bird in flight.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OH- YEAH, September 19, 2011
This review is from: Belle et Fou (O.S.T.) (MP3 Music)
This is the bomb, Kids - Oh Yeah - really wonderfully creative sound - fresh beats, deep rythmn and overall just really cool.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars SMOOTH, October 16, 2013
By 
nurwho (California) - See all my reviews
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: Belle et Fou (Audio CD)
Put it on, grab the wine and chill! Each track is smooth and melodic. This is a definite mood setter.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars Balm for the soul, April 22, 2010
This review is from: Belle et Fou (Audio CD)
Chill-sexy-funky-jetset-loungy-retro-jazzy-downtempo hipness

I don't know how 'Belle' manages to span the genres yet maintain some semblance of continuity, but it surely. 'Belle' is one of those compilations that instantly elevates your mood. You can hardly play it w/o someone asking, 'Who is that?'

Melodius... mellifluous... sublime
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


Most Helpful First | Newest First

Details

Belle et Fou
Belle et Fou by Jazzanova (Audio CD - 2007)
Add to wishlist See buying options
Search these reviews only
Rate and Discover Movies
Send us feedback How can we make Amazon Customer Reviews better for you? Let us know here.