Whereas Paris Combo's self-titled debut
leaned heavily on cabaret chic, Living Room
sees them broadening their palette considerably, the sign of a band with more experience and a strong sense of adventure. So while sensuous limpid chanson remains their home turf, they also venture into the tortuous turns of "L'Avenir Uncertain du Titanic" and the North African-inflected "Mobil'homme." Potzi's guitar work is dazzling, influenced by Django Reinhardt
, while the shadow of the legendary Hot Club of France--with its swing and subtlety--looms over the entire repertoire. Apart from being an excellent pianist, David Lewis has matured into a trumpet player of taste, adding gorgeous Miles Davis
muted touches that veer songs into pure jazz while vocalist Belle du Berry imprints her personality everywhere. Living Room
sees Paris Combo moving well beyond their origins, a band that continues to impress by growing by leaps and bounds. --Chris Nickson
Paris Combo combines jazzy improvisation with a style that pays tribute to cabaret singers of the past. This Parisian quintets clever compositions, clean arrangements and inspired lyrics is an exploration in the league of
flamenco and gypsy guitar riffs a la Django Rheinhardt, music of the orient, French pop, Spanish and Italian melodies. Paris Combo delivers with the freshness and vitality of modern swing.