Charles Aznavour With Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra
2010 album from the legendary French singer, songwriter, actor and entertainer, a collaboration with the Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. Here, refuting rumors of retirement in brilliant style, he's coming back with a bang. Not singing new songs. Singing his songs differently. Which is bolder than you might think, not only at the age of 85, because the punters, of all sexes, colors and ages, all know his great classics by heart, inside out and upside down. Great classics are untouchable, with their inflexions, orchestrations, guitar licks, a waltz with a violin, you can't change songs at the drop of a hat. Aznavour remains a true gem, French or otherwise. 14 tracks.
This time around, however, the arrangements are richer and bolder, with lots of harmonic and stylistic innovation brought on by John Clayton. This album is a suprisingly successful new marriage of an otherwise unlikely union between the 60's era french chanson and the 21st century american big-band jazz with a full spectrum of harmonic and diatonic complexity and experimentation.
I wish the best of health to Charles for another decade or two of his relentless magic.
The arrangements are lovely, Clayton - Hamilton big band is, as expected, beautifully elegant so this is a nice example of intelligent jazzy pop music that suits my tastes...
Rachelle Ferrell and Diane Reeves are guests here, but this one is for the Charles Aznavour's fans
(in his youth he also used ellements of jazz so some of these tracks are reminiscent of his own personal musical history... pour fair le jam!)...
If you liked this one, you'll probably like
Jazznavour as well!
He could maybe do with a piano,violin,drums or something similar;but not big bands,it would be nice to hear versions of his old time greatest hits on a new context.