Serge Gainsbourg

Du Jazz Dans Le Ravin

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Du Jazz Dans Le Ravin Review

by Jason Ankeny

While Serge Gainsbourg rose to infamy as a pop star, he actually got his start playing jazz; the 20-track collection Du Jazz Dans le Ravin samples his early work from between 1958 and 1964, at which point he chose to "go commercial." While neither as imaginative nor as distinctive as his pop material, Gainsbourg's jazz sides clearly presage his future work; bright and colorful, cuts like "Requiem pour un Twisteur" and "Ce Mortel Ennui" offer much of the same attitude and outlook which defined his later, more provocative music.

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