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Vocal Jazz - Released February 28, 2020 | Sunset Records

After a flamboyant Brother? Brother! in 2017 on which she elegantly revisited a repertoire which included songs by Sting, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Joe Cocker, Juliette Gréco, Yves Montand and Etta James, Anne Ducros is back with a more intimate record this time. With guitarist Adrien Moignard and double bassist Diego Imber, she applies her sensual dulcet tones with finesse and delicacy on golden standards like Tea For Two, April in Paris, Nuages, The Good Life and The Very Thought Of You. And even when she tackles an openly pop repertoire (Something by The Beatles and Your Song by Elton John), Anne Ducros manages to establish her original and unmistakable voice as the main attraction. On their part, the Moignard/Imber duo brings an unlevelled amount of class to Something. A perfect combination with weighted notes, they are more than just a backdrop to the vocals of the star of the show, eagerly participating in the renewal of this beautiful repertoire, already revisited countless times. © Clotilde Maréchal/Qobuz
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Contemporary Jazz - Released May 12, 2017 | ADLIB

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Jazz - Released July 30, 2012 | Dreyfus Jazz

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Jazz - Released July 30, 2012 | Dreyfus Jazz

There is little information about European jazz singer Anne Ducros within the liner notes to Piano, Piano, but she clearly endeared herself to each of the four guest pianists with whom she worked on her CD. She soars in the lush setting of "Never Let Me Go," where she packs an emotional punch, though her tripping over a few words slightly handicaps her interpretation of Billie Holiday's "God Bless the Child." One of Europe's greatest jazz pianists, Enrico Pieranunzi, joins her for the powerful rendition of "You Go to My Head" and a graceful take of "Moon and Sand." She came to the United States in order to work with Chick Corea, singing "Les Feuilles Mortes" (Autumn Leaves) in its original language in a terrific duet and adding some humorous horn-like scatting reminiscent of Ella Fitzgerald on-stage. Both her lyrical "My Foolish Heart" and explosive "Body and Soul" are just as effective. Another veteran European pianist, René Urtreger, is paired with Ducros for a gently loping duet of "I Thought About You" and anchoring the rhythm section for another Ella-like scat exhibition in the swinging "Just in Time." Benoît de Mesnay, who doubles on piano and Fender Rhodes in "Four" (where she once again scats up a storm) and joins her for the swinging interpretation of "Naima," is evidently her regular accompanist. All in all, this is a very enjoyable effort. © Ken Dryden /TiVo
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Jazz - Released July 30, 2012 | Dreyfus Jazz

Anne Ducros' second Dreyfus CD is a mixed bag. After an impressive first effort for the label, this session opens with two dreadful numbers, a bland pop interpretation of the Beatles' "Sexy Sadie" (not one of the typical Beatles' pieces chosen by jazz musicians), and an annoying original by her pianist Oliver Hutman, "When I Know, If I Know," which sounds as if it was written during the heyday of disco. Fortunately, Ducros regains focus on the sound of jazz for the remaining tracks, scatting up a storm in "Up Jumped Spring," delivering a moving interpretation of the melancholy "I Fall in Love Too Easily," and offering a playful "Who Can I Turn To." Ducros does not take a lot of liberties with Otis Redding's soulful "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay," though her decision to sing it as a duet with bassist Essiet Essiet keeps it from getting dull. Saxophonist Ada Rovatti is added on several tracks, providing a rich backdrop for the singer in a breezy setting of "Over the Rainbow." Drummer Bruce Cox provides excellent support throughout this disc. © Ken Dryden /TiVo
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Jazz - Released July 30, 2012 | Dreyfus Jazz