As on 2005’s critically praised Motifs, 2002’s Attraction finds Paris Combo, the postmodern Parisian cabaret quintet, updating the French chanson and gypsy swing traditions with a stylish hipster element that could be construed as French lounge music, but for a refined maturity that avoids gimmickry in favor of solid musicianship.
Australian David Lewis does some fine, sensitive work on piano and trumpet. In the gorgeous ballad "Sous la Lune" (Under the Moon), he places the bell of his trumpet in a bowl of water and gurgles out a tender solo. The effect is eerily beautiful, without a trace of gimmickry. His inside-the-piano work on "L'Avenir Incertain du Titanic" (The Uncertain Future of the Titanic) gives the piece a sense of impending disaster that James Cameron could only dream of. Guitarist Potzi ripples off some Django Reinhardt-inspired riffs. In "Mobil'homme" he does a dead-on impression of the Middle Eastern oud on his guitar. Madagascar native Mano Razanajato turns in some inspired work on bass. He also lends his cool vocals to many of the songs. François François' percussion work is colorful and solid. Living Room is a strong release with tons of appeal.
From his canon of tunes, many with collaborator Hugh Martin, comes The Trolley Song, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, The Boy Next Door, An Occasional Man, At Last We're Alone, You're Lucky, My Dream Is Yours, I Love A New Yorker, Buckle Down Winsocki, Love, What Do You Think I Am, and others.
Something special happens when Andre Previn sits down to play jazz with friends, and this time, it's very special-the Antioch Baptist Church Choir joins them, in a freewheeling performance that celebrates the enthusiasm and the spirit of jazz.