Parisian Café

Parisian Café

by Beegie Adair


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On this album, billed to the duo of pianist Beegie Adair and violinist David Davidson, a quintet also including drums, acoustic bass, and accordion takes on a collection of compositions associated with France in instrumental, lightly jazzy arrangements. As with Adair's many other albums, within the overall theme, the individual performances largely hew to the familiar melodies, with jazz-like variations and embellishments that stick close to the shoreline, never getting too far out to sea. Piano, violin, and accordion toss the melodies back and forth among them, evoking familiar readings of these songs, which, in many cases, have Continental origins, even if they subsequently were adapted to stateside hit status through English-lyric versions, such as "Beyond the Sea" and "Autumn Leaves." Of course, there are also strictly American love letters to the French, such as Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's "The Last Time I Saw Paris" and Cole Porter's "I Love Paris." Wherever the song came from, Adair, Davidson, and their compatriots present largely faithful interpretations that always keep the tunes in sight.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/30/2009
Label: Green Hill
UPC: 0792755563120
catalogNumber: 55631

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beegie Adair   Primary Artist,Piano
David Davidson   Violin
Roger Spencer   Bass
Jeff Taylor   Accordion
Chris Brown   Drums

Technical Credits

Jack Jezzro   Producer
Michel Legrand   Composer
Vernon Duke   Composer
Charles Trénet   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Georges Auric   Composer
Jacques Demy   Composer
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Brendan Harkin   Engineer
André Hornez   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Jacques Prévert   Composer
William Engvick   Composer
Michel Emer   Composer
Albert Lasry   Composer
Mack David   Composer
Henri Betti   Composer
Jerry Seelen   Composer
Edmund Goulding   Composer
Edith Gassion   Composer
Lee Wright   Graphic Design
Geoffrey Parsons   Composer

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Parisian Café 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Kaeleigh More than 1 year ago
Haunting, melodic, exotic. The sounds will remain long after the CD fades. Listen or dance with your lover and reignite special moments.