The Double Six of Paris

Swingin' Singin'

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To fully enjoy this album, the listener must be desirous of spending time with six French people who are not only singing in their native tongue but imitating the sounds and solos of horn players. Furthermore, not just horn players but stylists in the vein of Johnny Griffin or Lee Konitz. In other words, not run-of-the-mill stuff. And don't forget that the six vocalists then turn around and overdub one part each, which is where the group's name comes from. If this doesn't sound like too great an assault on the senses, then this would be a particularly appealing collection, as it is impeccably put together, with a selection of jazz cover tunes that would make any fan of the swinging music nod his head in approval. It reveals the kind of appreciation of all styles of jazz that most of the fans don't even demonstrate, with Stan Kenton as well as John Coltrane represented. Backup is decent and anonymous, literally.

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