Archive for March, 2013

Paris Combo – 5

5Love is a universal language and Paris Combo confirms that music is as well. The five-piece French band that has garnered global acclaim and an immense following for its unique mélange of colorful cabaret, elegant jazz, multicultural world music and sassy alterna-pop will release their fifth studio album, the appropriately titled “5,” on March 12th on DRG Records. To support the diverse dozen songs in every shade of love written by the band and produced by Bénédicte Schmitt and Dominique Blanc-Francard, Paris Combo will embark on a 12-city U.S. concert trek launching April 19th in Cleveland, OH.

It has been since 2004 that Paris Combo released a new album, “Motifs,” which was supported with a concert tour that visited the iconic Hollywood Bowl where they were accompanied by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. The troupe consisting of chanteuse Belle du Berry, Potzi (guitar), François Jeannin (drums, percussion, vocals), and David Lewis (trumpet, flugelhorn, piano) reunited in 2010 after a four-year hiatus and spent a year writing, rehearsing and rediscovering their hallmark sound. After adding new bassist Emmanuel Chabbey to the lineup at the end of 2011, they returned to extensive touring where they performed new material that evolved into “5” and delivered another memorable show at Hollywood Bowl.

“In 2006, we gave ourselves the luxury of taking a break from touring and recording so each of us could return to his or her individual musical sources – a breathing space to allow inspiration to happen. Four years later, we reunited in a rehearsal studio – in Paris of course – and without even playing our previous repertoire, together we started composing new songs. The group’s chemistry was magic straightaway. Right from the first notes, the chords, the melodies, and the grooves sounded spontaneous and naturally like ‘Paris Combo.’ It was like a reunion with an old friend. The tone was set and we knew we would have fun co-writing our new material and exploring all the different aspects of the group’s identity – the ‘Paris Combo style,’” said du Berry, whose lyrical muse remains love. Continue reading

Max Valldeneu – It’s About Love

In Max Valldeneu‘s chest are beating two hearts. His first passion was the blues. He founded La Fulana Blues Band and Mo’ Blues. Later he was the band leader of Artie “Blues Boy” White. Further bands he performed with were The World Band, The Platinum Band and the Tyrone Davis Revue.

Under the influence of the guitarists Earl Klugh, Norman Brown, Bobby Broom, Paul Jackson Jr, Lee Ritenour, George Benson and Wes Montgomery he discovered the love for the smooth jazz genre. His debut album It`s About Love (2011) is a confession for his new direction. With the exception of three covers Max has written all songs.

Valldeneu is supported by Roosevelt Purifoy (keyboards), Joewaun Scott (bass), Steven Sanders (percussion), Tyrone Mitchell (drums), Pete Carney (sax) and more. When you hear a guitarist for the first time, you try to categorize him stylistically. Under scrutiny It’s About Love allows parallels to Norman Brown’s guitar performance.

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