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After four previous albums that to varying degrees meld his idol Django Reinhardt's gypsy jazz with French chanson in originals and specially chosen covers, guitarist and vocalist Thomas Dutronc realizes a dream with Frenchy. Accompanied by his quartet and an international cast of guests including Iggy Pop, Diana Krall, Stacey Kent, Youn Sun Nah, Haley Reinhart, Jeff Goldblum, and Billy Gibbons, he pays homage to the timelessness of French song with a mostly wonderful result. Iggy and Krall assist on Hernri Bette's and Andre Hornez's "C'est si Bon," immortalized by Yves Montand. While this version doesn’t add much, it's delivered bilingually, thus embracing Jerry Seelen's English lyrics. Edit Piaf's theme, "La Vie en Rose," finds Gibbons adding a silvery touch to an uncharacteristically languid guitar solo. The particular quality in the grain of Dutronc's voice and phrasing bridge Piaf's clipped enunciation with Chet Baker's vulnerable delivery style. "Plus Je T'embrasse," penned by American composer Ben Ryan, was rendered iconic by Blossom Dearie in 1958. Dutronc reads it with fingerpopping hipster sass. American soprano saxophonist, jazz giant Sidney Bechet (beloved in France since 1922) scored a hit there with "Petit Fleur." Its Latin percussion and lonely musette frame Dutronc's vocal and guitar exquisitely. He also reimagines chart hits by two French groups who composed their lyrics in English: A sultry, almost erotic read of Air's "Playground Love" with South Korea's Nah, and an all but unrecognizable version of Daft Punk's international smash "Get Lucky." While Dutronc's vocal on the latter is unsuitable for its melody, his hip take on gypsy-cool jazz adds dimension and savvy. There's another fine duet here between the guitarist and Stacey Kent on a resonant, sensual take of Pierre Barouh's title theme for the film "Un Homme et Une Femme." Frenchy couldn’t exist without a tune by Reinhardt (the French press has dubbed Dutronc "Django's Son"), a modern version of "Minor Swing" that replaces Stephane Grappelli's violin with a Rhodes piano, popping electric guitars, and hyper-strummed mandolin. Alongside Haley Reinhart, Dutronc offers a resilient, rockist read of Jacques Brel's eternal "If You Go Away" adds to a lineage started by Georges Brassens and Leo Ferre. A truly confusing entry here is the inclusion of "My Way." Set to the music of the French song "Comme d'habitude," composed and written by Jacques Revaux, Frank Sinatra's signature version (with unrelated English lyrics by Paul Anka), is the standard no matter who sings it. Dutronc's attempt to straddle cultural lines is valiant, but so wispy it should have been abandoned. Further, on Sacha Distel's and Jean Broussolle's "La Belle Vie" (Yankees know it as Tony Bennet's "The Good Life"), is temporarily elevated by Goldblum's deft pianism, but his uneven, ever so slight singing voice, when paired with the guitarist's expressive baritone, proves detrimental. Dutronc planned and recorded Frenchy with great care and more than a little skill. Fans will find much to delight in. However, attraction for non-Francophone audiences may prove -- despite the album's high quality -- somewhat limited.
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1
C'est si bon
00:03:23

Iggy Pop, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andre Hornez, Author - Denis Benarrosh, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jay Newland, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Legnini, Piano, Rhodes , AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Dutronc, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Diana Krall, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - HENRI BETTI, Composer - Rocky Gresset, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Bramerie, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Antoine Chabert, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marc Portheau, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vincent Carpentier, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2020 Tomdu Productions, under Exclusive License to Decca Records France

2
La vie en rose
00:03:46

Billy Gibbons, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Edith Piaf, Author - Louiguy, Composer - Denis Benarrosh, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jay Newland, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Legnini, Piano, Rhodes , AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Dutronc, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rocky Gresset, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Bramerie, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Antoine Chabert, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marc Portheau, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vincent Carpentier, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2020 Tomdu Productions, under Exclusive License to Decca Records France

3
Plus je t'embrasse
00:02:51

Ben Ryan, ComposerLyricist - Max Francois, Adapter - Denis Benarrosh, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jay Newland, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Legnini, Piano, Rhodes , AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Dutronc, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rocky Gresset, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Bramerie, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Antoine Chabert, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marc Portheau, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vincent Carpentier, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2020 Tomdu Productions, under Exclusive License to Decca Records France

4
Playground Love
00:04:13

Thomas Croquet, Author - Denis Benarrosh, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jay Newland, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Legnini, Piano, Rhodes , AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Dutronc, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephane Belmondo, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Rocky Gresset, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Bramerie, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Nicolas Godin, Composer - Jean-Benoit Dunckel, Composer - Youn Sun Nah, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Antoine Chabert, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marc Portheau, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vincent Carpentier, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2020 Tomdu Productions, under Exclusive License to Decca Records France

5
Petite fleur
00:04:12

Sidney Bechet, Composer - Maurice Pon, Author - Denis Benarrosh, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jay Newland, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michel Portal, Bandoneon, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Legnini, Piano, Rhodes , AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Dutronc, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jérôme Ciosi, AssociatedPerformer, 12-String Acoustic Guitar - Rocky Gresset, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Bramerie, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Antoine Chabert, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marc Portheau, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vincent Carpentier, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2020 Tomdu Productions, under Exclusive License to Decca Records France

6
Un homme et une femme
00:03:00

FRANCIS LAI, Composer - Pierre Barouh, Author - Denis Benarrosh, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jay Newland, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Legnini, Piano, Rhodes , AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Dutronc, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stacey Kent, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rocky Gresset, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Bramerie, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Marc Berthoumieux, Accordion, AssociatedPerformer - Antoine Chabert, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marc Portheau, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vincent Carpentier, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2020 Tomdu Productions, under Exclusive License to Decca Records France

7
La mer
00:04:07

Charles Trenet, ComposerLyricist - Albert Lasry, Composer - Denis Benarrosh, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jay Newland, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Legnini, Piano, Rhodes , AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Dutronc, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rocky Gresset, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Bramerie, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Antoine Chabert, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marc Portheau, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vincent Carpentier, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2020 Tomdu Productions, under Exclusive License to Decca Records France

8
Get Lucky
00:04:04

Larry Gold, Conductor, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Pharrell Williams, ComposerLyricist - NILE RODGERS, ComposerLyricist - Denis Benarrosh, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jay Newland, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Bangalter, ComposerLyricist - Emma Kummrow, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Legnini, Piano, Rhodes , AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Dutronc, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, ComposerLyricist - Charles Parker, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Luigi Mazzocchi, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jérôme Ciosi, Nylon-String Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Rocky Gresset, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Bramerie, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Kim, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Antoine Chabert, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Glenn Fischbach, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Marc Portheau, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vincent Carpentier, Producer, Executive Producer - Gared Crawford, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Natasha Colkett, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Tess Varley, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Yoshihiko Nakano, Viola, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Tomdu Productions

9
Minor Swing
00:02:22

Django Reinhardt, Composer - Stephane Grappelli, Composer - Denis Benarrosh, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jay Newland, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Legnini, Piano, Rhodes , AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Dutronc, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jérôme Ciosi, Ukulele, AssociatedPerformer - Rocky Gresset, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Bramerie, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Antoine Chabert, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marc Portheau, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vincent Carpentier, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2020 Tomdu Productions, under Exclusive License to Decca Records France

10
All For You
00:04:31

Django Reinhardt, Composer - Denis Benarrosh, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jay Newland, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Legnini, Piano, Rhodes , AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Dutronc, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Bennett, Author - Rocky Gresset, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Bramerie, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Antoine Chabert, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marc Portheau, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vincent Carpentier, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2020 Tomdu Productions, under Exclusive License to Decca Records France

11
If You Go Away
00:03:16

Rod McKuen, Adapter - Larry Gold, Conductor, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Jacques Brel, ComposerLyricist - Denis Benarrosh, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jay Newland, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Emma Kummrow, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Legnini, Piano, Rhodes , AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Dutronc, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Charles Parker, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Luigi Mazzocchi, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jérôme Ciosi, Nylon-String Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Rocky Gresset, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Bramerie, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Haley Reinhart, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Kim, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Antoine Chabert, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Glenn Fischbach, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Marc Portheau, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vincent Carpentier, Producer, Executive Producer - Gared Crawford, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Natasha Colkett, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Tess Varley, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Yoshihiko Nakano, Viola, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Tomdu Productions

12
Autumn Leaves
00:04:05

Johnny Mercer, Adapter - Jacques Prevert, Author - Joseph Kosma, Composer - Denis Benarrosh, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jay Newland, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Legnini, Piano, Rhodes , AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Dutronc, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rocky Gresset, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Bramerie, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Antoine Chabert, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marc Portheau, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vincent Carpentier, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2020 Tomdu Productions, under Exclusive License to Decca Records France

13
My Way
00:04:39

Larry Gold, Conductor, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Anka, Adapter - Claude François, Composer - Denis Benarrosh, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jay Newland, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jacques Revaux, Composer - Emma Kummrow, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Legnini, Piano, Rhodes , AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Dutronc, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - GILLES THIBAULT, Author - Charles Parker, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Luigi Mazzocchi, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jérôme Ciosi, Nylon-String Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Rocky Gresset, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Bramerie, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Marc Berthoumieux, Accordion, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Kim, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Antoine Chabert, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Glenn Fischbach, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Marc Portheau, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vincent Carpentier, Producer, Executive Producer - Gared Crawford, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Natasha Colkett, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Tess Varley, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Yoshihiko Nakano, Viola, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Tomdu Productions

14
La belle vie - The Good Life
00:03:42

Jack Reardon, Adapter - Denis Benarrosh, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jay Newland, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jean Broussolle, Author - Eric Legnini, Piano, Rhodes , AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Dutronc, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - SACHA DISTEL, Composer - Jérôme Ciosi, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Rocky Gresset, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Bramerie, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Jeff Goldblum, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Antoine Chabert, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marc Portheau, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vincent Carpentier, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2020 Tomdu Productions, under Exclusive License to Decca Records France

Album Description

After four previous albums that to varying degrees meld his idol Django Reinhardt's gypsy jazz with French chanson in originals and specially chosen covers, guitarist and vocalist Thomas Dutronc realizes a dream with Frenchy. Accompanied by his quartet and an international cast of guests including Iggy Pop, Diana Krall, Stacey Kent, Youn Sun Nah, Haley Reinhart, Jeff Goldblum, and Billy Gibbons, he pays homage to the timelessness of French song with a mostly wonderful result. Iggy and Krall assist on Hernri Bette's and Andre Hornez's "C'est si Bon," immortalized by Yves Montand. While this version doesn’t add much, it's delivered bilingually, thus embracing Jerry Seelen's English lyrics. Edit Piaf's theme, "La Vie en Rose," finds Gibbons adding a silvery touch to an uncharacteristically languid guitar solo. The particular quality in the grain of Dutronc's voice and phrasing bridge Piaf's clipped enunciation with Chet Baker's vulnerable delivery style. "Plus Je T'embrasse," penned by American composer Ben Ryan, was rendered iconic by Blossom Dearie in 1958. Dutronc reads it with fingerpopping hipster sass. American soprano saxophonist, jazz giant Sidney Bechet (beloved in France since 1922) scored a hit there with "Petit Fleur." Its Latin percussion and lonely musette frame Dutronc's vocal and guitar exquisitely. He also reimagines chart hits by two French groups who composed their lyrics in English: A sultry, almost erotic read of Air's "Playground Love" with South Korea's Nah, and an all but unrecognizable version of Daft Punk's international smash "Get Lucky." While Dutronc's vocal on the latter is unsuitable for its melody, his hip take on gypsy-cool jazz adds dimension and savvy. There's another fine duet here between the guitarist and Stacey Kent on a resonant, sensual take of Pierre Barouh's title theme for the film "Un Homme et Une Femme." Frenchy couldn’t exist without a tune by Reinhardt (the French press has dubbed Dutronc "Django's Son"), a modern version of "Minor Swing" that replaces Stephane Grappelli's violin with a Rhodes piano, popping electric guitars, and hyper-strummed mandolin. Alongside Haley Reinhart, Dutronc offers a resilient, rockist read of Jacques Brel's eternal "If You Go Away" adds to a lineage started by Georges Brassens and Leo Ferre. A truly confusing entry here is the inclusion of "My Way." Set to the music of the French song "Comme d'habitude," composed and written by Jacques Revaux, Frank Sinatra's signature version (with unrelated English lyrics by Paul Anka), is the standard no matter who sings it. Dutronc's attempt to straddle cultural lines is valiant, but so wispy it should have been abandoned. Further, on Sacha Distel's and Jean Broussolle's "La Belle Vie" (Yankees know it as Tony Bennet's "The Good Life"), is temporarily elevated by Goldblum's deft pianism, but his uneven, ever so slight singing voice, when paired with the guitarist's expressive baritone, proves detrimental. Dutronc planned and recorded Frenchy with great care and more than a little skill. Fans will find much to delight in. However, attraction for non-Francophone audiences may prove -- despite the album's high quality -- somewhat limited.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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