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  • Audio CD (November 21, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tinder
  • ASIN: B0000523KU
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,681 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Living Room
2. Terrien d'eau douce
3. Señor
4. Homeron
5. Je suis sourde
6. Pas à pas
7. Ubiquite
8. Sous la lune
9. L'avenir incertain du Titanic
10. Si mon amour
11. Chez nous
12. Mobil'homme

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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

Product Description

Paris Combo combines jazzy improvisation with a style that pays tribute to cabaret singers of the past. This Parisian quintet’s 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.

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I really enjoy this CD for a fun loungy sound when I'm not in the mood for mainstream music.
Margaret Andrews
Belle sings like an angel, the bass and drums are done superbly, same goes for the trumpets and horns.
3rdeadly3rd
You dont really have to understand the french lyrics to enjoy the music,thats the best part.
Prabhu

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By 3rdeadly3rd on February 10, 2001
Format: Audio CD
There aren't words in English to describe this album. The blend of traditional jazz with gypsy melodies is superb and Belle Du Berry's singing is just the icing on the cake.
The album begins with "Living Room" which would have to be one of my all-time favorite songs in any style. What's more, it just never drops off from this level for the rest of the album.
"Homeron" is another track more than worth the price of the album - in fact, the intro to "Homeron" is worth the price. Then there's "Senor", "Je Sui Sourde" and so on. There is no such thing as a weak track here.
I don't speak a word of French and neither do my friends (we're all 16 year olds) and yet we're always singing along to Madame Du Berry and pretending to be very cool indeed. "Cool" is, after all, the word to describe this album. Quite often during exams I'll find myself coming home, putting on this CD and just relaxing and forgetting about what's going on (not neccessarily a good thing if I also forgot the stuff I knew for the exams).
Before I got into Paris Combo, I used to rubbish jazz but believe me when I say that this is what it should be like. If you close your eyes while listening to this, you can almost see yourself in a smoky bar in the 1920s - possibly with private detectives milling around in trenchcoats. Mood music indeed.
Every single instrument is played to virtuoso level here. Belle sings like an angel, the bass and drums are done superbly, same goes for the trumpets and horns. For my money, David Lewis carries some of the songs with his trumpet solos. Of course, I might just be saying that because Lewis is a former Australian - but even so, without that knowledge it's very hard to fault him.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Audrey on October 19, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is an excellent CD to have, but before you click to add this item to your shopping cart, I must, to keep my conscience, warn you that this CD is not only horrendously addictive, but may cause acute hallucinations that you're sipping wine in an intimate yet incredibly chic, tucked-away Parisian nightclub.
Take my case, for example. I have played these 12 tracks continuously for the past 2 weeks, and I have kept #6 (Pas a Pas) on repeat for 1/4 of that time (and imagined I possessed the talent to think of singing that never-failingly cool intro.) The lyrics are irrelevantly relevant, slyly clever, but I do not believe that not understanding French would detract from one's enjoyment. It is, afterall, rhythm that is built into the human subconscious, and the soul of Paris Combo lies in the quintet's talent of smooth, well-timed beats. My particular favorites include the quirkily cautionary "Living Room," the upbeat yet sad "Senor," the softly haunting "Sous la Lune," the drily humorous, swinging "Ubiquite," and of course, "Pas a Pas." I do have a professed weakness for all things French, but especially with this CD, I think I can display good reason for being such a Francophile.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Andrews on September 3, 2003
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I really enjoy this CD for a fun loungy sound when I'm not in the mood for mainstream music. I would say if you like Pink Martini, you could well like this one.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Meanwhile in... on April 1, 2001
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What can I say ... Superb band, great album. What a discovery... Heard them live in Seattle at Bumbershoot festival purely by accident and was promptly blown away by their skill and taste. By the end of the show they really had the people going. They had to do a couple of encores and seemed a bit overwhelmed. I don't think the band expected such a response. The bass guy even taped the audience with a videocam.
If you love their records you must see them live. Belle du Berry has an amazingly expressive voice (also great playful stage presence) and David Lewis's improvisation work is incredible and fun (how about a trumpet solo in a bucket of water on 'Sous la lune'). Plus there is cool Potzi... The whole band is just great - amazing range, fantastic songs (damn, they make it look so easy...) They are jazzy, spicy and fun but can also be deeply melancholic and moody. Just perfect for me.
Incidently, at the show, we met a girl who had a crash on Potzi and followed the band thru the whole US 2000 tour. It's good to know they already have fans here :)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 21, 2001
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This is a great album. ok CD. I saw the video of Living Room on World Link TV and have been hooked on this band every since. I don't know any French, but I can put this CD on- drive through 45 minutes of Houston, TX rush hour traffic and still be in a good mood.
10 stars CD!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Swammeealleebabbee on May 15, 2001
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i stumbled on this group about a month ago (4/01) while listening to french radio over the internet brushing up on my french. their inventive musical style and polished sound takes you to a higher musical plane. you don't have to know french to enjoy their music, but it would help in understanding the quirky lyrics. belle du barry has an exceptional voice that's backed up with a first rate group. they're back in the u.s. & canada starting in september (2001) and i'm definitely going to see them! ....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven Guy on March 5, 2005
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This wonderful album should be considered by all kinds of music lovers - from Classical music lovers to Jazz buffs to those who have started to become a little bored with Pop/Rock music!

Paris Combo, on this album, features wonderful and stylish vocals [from Belle, the sing/songwriter], very attractive and never bland instrumental accompaniments and the songs themselves are full of style and characer.

Along with the self-titled "Paris Combo" album, this is clearly my favourite so far! However, ALL of the Paris Combo albums are excellent and I enjoy hearing them at any time of the day or night.

I am a fan.
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