Cote D'Azur is a fascinating collection of jazz music that will light up your listening time with much joy, entertainment, and fun. The musicians are very imaginative in both their solo work and group work.
What makes this an outstanding jazz CD is its unusual blend of jazz motifs, world music motifs, and the influence of contemporary French jazz. There are ten great original songs in the collection. Among them are found "Cote D'Azur," Le Calypso," "Bandol," "Sainte Maxime," "Postcard From Cannes," "Passage To Marseilles," "Provence," "Riviera Jam," "Rue Paradis," and "Mesmerized."
There is a certain charm about Cote D'Azur that is reflected in its intimate, intricate performances, and songs. "Le Calypso" is one of the most unique jazz songs to come along in recent years, and it demands much radio play time. It is a pleasure to listen to this song in different settings, for each time the listener comes away with something new.
If you like The Rippingtons, and the work of Russ Freeman, you will want a copy of this excellent CD for yourself, and a copy for a friend, too. For the public library in your local area, Cote D'Azur would be a perfect jazz selection for library jazz patrons.
Every person will have their favorites with this unusual collection! This reviewer found each song was intiguing and well worth the listner's time. Get a copy and relax to some very, very fine jazz music. Excellent. Highly recommended.