Elisabeth Kontomanou – Amoureuse (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 47:30 minutes | 1,05 GB | Genre: Jazz
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The 10th album from the diva Elisabeth Kontomanou is sung in French, a nice way to return to the origins of the African and Greek born in France, best known for being one of the great interpreters of Afro-American music. An authentic hot hard, hard, in which Elisabeth Kontomanou delivers intimate things and going back to the music she listened to as a child.

Although based for a long time in America, and currently in Sweden, Greek and African origin, Elisabeth Kontomanou for her latest album has chosen to reflect the music of her homeland, France, replacing her usual English-language Standards repertoire with a selection of chansons francaises. The melodies she heard as a small child, and which awakened her life-long love of song, were joined with words imbued with meaning to her. The songs belong to French popular heritage and are frequently associated with a particular artist, often also the writer, for example Charles Aznavour, Gilbert Bécaud, Fréhel and Jacques Brel. Like them, Elisabeth inhabits these songs with her own voice and personality, suggesting the emotional even autobiographical resonance they provoke in her. She is surrounded by her musician sons and a group of first-class French instrumentalists which includes trumpeter Eric Le Lann and harmonica player Olivier Ker Ourio, both of whom have proven affinities with this repertoire. Alongside classics of French chanson, she has added songs composed by her eldest son Gustav Karlström and a melody borrowed from her long-time collaborator Thomas Bramerie, to which she has added her own lyrics.

01 – Amoureuse
02 – Et Maintenant
03 – Le Temps
04 – Il est mort le soleil
05 – Sur un air de Navajo
06 – Sur ma vie
07 – Ou sont tous mes amants?
08 – Milord
09 – La Valse a mille temps
10 – Les Anges de la nuit
11 – Chantez!

Elisabeth Kontomanou – voix
Gustav Karlström – piano
Thomas Bramerie – contrebasse
Donald Kontomanou – batterie
Joey Belmondo – guitares
Eric Le Lann – trompette
Olivier Ker Ourio – harmonica
Renez “Sabusito” Martinez – congas