This compilation conveys the mood of the place, timeless, light & romance of the Parisian cafe. 21 tracks from the likes of Diana Krall, Brigitte Bardot, Serge Gainsbourg, Blossom Dearie, & more. Sunnyside. 2002.
Taking a cue from the Buddha Bar compilations, this collection of nu-jazz swing and martini music represents the sound and feel of a popular coffeehouse, in this case the Café De Flore in Paris’ Saint-Germain district. With the likes of Serge Gainsbourg, Diana Krall. and Eartha Kitt represented, the music is both grown up enough to play for the in-laws and filled with enough hipster irony to attract members of the younger cocktail nation. The combination of young and old plays out literally on record as well; songs from icons like Nina Simone rub up against the 21st century dance-bop of Lakasha and Paris Combo. More jazz than dance, and much! better suited for a rainy day than sunny Ibiza-style chill compilations, it's ritzy cabaret-style pop. --Matthew Cooke
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