CD Great Jewish Music: Serge Gainsbourg (CD 987166), Audio Other
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Great Jewish Music: Serge Gainsbourg


  • 1. Les Amours Perdues - Elysian Fields
    2. Ford Mustang - Mike Patton
    3. Bonnie and Clyde - Wayne Horvitz/Robin Holcomb
    4. La-Bas C'Est Naturel - Cyro Baptista
    5. 69 Annee Erotique - Kramer
    6. Pauvre Lola - Ikue Mori
    7. Ballad of Melody Nelson, The - Fred Frith
    8. Les Sucettes - Jon
    9. L'Homme Tete de Chou - Ruins
    10. Ce Mortel Ennui - Anthony Coleman
    11. Un Poison Violent, C'Est Ca L'Amour - Ezster Balint
    12. Initials B.B. - David Shea
    13. Sous le Soleil Exactement - Eyvind Kang
    14. Couleur Cafe - Steve Beresford
    15. Le Chanson de Slogan - Blonde Redhead
    16. Contact - John Zorn
    17. Je T'Aime (Moi Non Plus) - Cibo Matto
    18. Intoxicated Man - Medeski, Martin & Wood
    19. Comic Strip - Shelley Hirsch
    20. Requiem pour un Con - Treichler
    21. Black Trombone - Marc Ribot
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    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 7116

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    Tributee: Serge Gainsbourg.
    The music world has certainly been enriched since composer and saxophonist John Zorn got his consciousness raised about his Jewishness. He subsequently formed a band with the ominous name Masada and established the Tzadik label, which has produced some of the best avant-garde recordings of the last ten years. Tzadik's fledgling Great Jewish Music series promises to be excellent, if this album is any indication. On it various members of the American and British avant-establishment take turns arranging songs by the great French songwriter Serge Gainsbourg, with results varying from fairly straightforward (Cibo Matto's surprisingly gentle "Je T'aime, Moi Non Plus" and Ikue Mori's delightful "Pauvre Lola") to bizarrely wonderful (Faith No More frontman Mike Patton's take on "Ford Mustang" and Zorn's own all-vocal "Contact"). Medeski, Martin and Wood contribute a version of "Intoxicated Man" on which Medeski does his best to imitate a woozy French accordion before veering off into the trio's more familiar organic jazz-funk territory; Fred Frith acquits himself nicely on a one-man-band version of "The Ballad of Melody Nelson." All in all, this is a fine and fitting tribute to an underappreciated songwriter. ~ Rick Anderson

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