Le Duo plays Jacques Brel on Douglas Records Mar20

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Douglas Records Record Label - Douglas Records: "Now into his fifth decade at the doors of perception, label boss Alan Douglas has worked with many of the century's underground greats."
Release date: 2013-03-12


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Le Duo plays Jacques Brel on Douglas Records


Le Duo plays Jacques Brel is a unique instrumental rereading of the great Belgian singer-composer Brel's works. The jazz project germinated with legendary producer Alan Douglas who was inspired by the American "songbooks" tradition - such as with George Gershwin and Cole Porter, among many others - but found little representation of French composers. Douglas waited patiently to find musicians capable of playing interpretations with beautiful sensitivity to the original artwork. His patience finally paid off. The result: Perrine Mansuy and François Cordas, the group “LeDUO”, have produced the first volume in a series of albums dedicated this wonderful project.

Of the many times I’ve played this recording, it never failed to bring me to pause in appreciation, as if my soul had been invited by the music’s affectionateness. LeDUO’s playing resonates with the humanity found in Brel’s songs. Avoiding any hint of sensationalism without showing signs of restraint, the saxophonist whispers tender notes that rest upon the pianist’s thin, crystalline melody and harmony. There is much warmth and love in their playing. I am confident when I say this music will be deeply felt by a wide audience of music lovers.

For those who are not familiar with Brel I encourage you to discover his music, of which a significant portion is available on YouTube. For example, listen to LeDUO’s jazz interpretation of "Isabelle" in the right sidebar after hearing Brel’s original work here. And remember, Brel is just the beginning of LeDUO’s project with Douglas Records. I look forward to hearing more from their collaboration, including their release of music by Charles Aznavour.

Jacques Brel - Isabelle