Jessica Fichot | Le Chemin

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Le Chemin

by Jessica Fichot

Sometimes intimate, sometimes epic, chanteuse and songwriter Jessica Fichot’s debut album "Le Chemin" takes the listener on a twisting journey through French chanson, gypsy jazz, international folk music, and into the wilderness of her imagination.
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1. Le Grenier
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2. 1,2,3
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3. Le Velours et la Soie (绒 和 丝)
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4. Si...
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5. Los Peces en el Río
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6. I Will Wait for You
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7. Je Sais Qu'Tu M'aimes
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8. Dream / les Yeux Ouverts
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9. Le Chemin
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Chanteuse and songwriter Jessica Fichot is a lot like her hometown of Paris: French at heart, but with a soul that’s truly international. Her multi-ethnic French / Chinese / American upbringing colors the songs on her debut album. It’s called Le Chemin, “The Path,” and for good reason: Jessica takes the listener on a twisting journey out of the French chanson tradition, into the lands of gypsy jazz, Chinese and Latin American folk music, through the classic American repertoire, and off into the wilderness of her imagination.

Born in the U.S. to a French father and a Chinese mother, Jessica was raised in France in a multicultural environment. A youth spent playing music in Parisian coffeehouses and concert halls led her first to graduate from the School of Audio Engineering in Paris and then from Berklee College of Music in Boston. School was followed by a stint writing children’s music for educational programs - her work includes over a hundred songs published in over a dozen countries - and later, for television. When Jessica moved to California, she began writing the songs that would eventually form the backbone of her new album.

The album’s center lies with her sophisticated writing and arrangements, her pure, beautiful vocal work - sung mostly in French and English, along with some Chinese and Spanish - and her piano and accordion playing. She also enlisted over 20 musicians to give each of her songs just the right mood...sometimes intimate, sometimes epic.

“Le Grenier” and “Je Sais Qu’Tu M’aimes” combine energetic Django-esque swing with the kind of sardonic lyrics that were the stock in trade of legendary singers like Serge Gainsbourg and Georges Brassens. “1, 2, 3” and “Le Chemin” echo with the sounds of the musette dance hall and sparkle with Jessica’s inventive and dreamy arrangements. “Le Velours et la Soie” is a playful and sexy linguistics lesson, with Chinese and French lyrics describing an interracial tryst. “Si...” hints at a new direction for Jessica by fusing programmed drums with haunting French lyrics...like Portishead for the Montmartre café set. An English translation of Michel Legrand and Jacques Demy’s composition “I Will Wait for You” and an English/French hybrid of the classic “Dream a Little Dream of Me” cross the language barrier effortlessly and stylishly. And for sheer excitement, it’s hard to match Jessica’s rendition of the Spanish-language folk song “Los Peces en el Rio.” It’s like Le Chemin as a whole: entreating, seductive, and ultimately thrilling.

Jessica Fichot is also bringing the songs of Le Chemin to audiences everywhere, backed by an amazing quartet of clarinet/sax/flute, upright bass, guitar, and drums. A trip to the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, TX and performances planned in Canada and France are just the beginning of her travels. Jessica’s live act is a great way to see a new side of her debut album.

The Musicians: Jessica Fichot: vocals, piano/keys (1,2,4,9), trumpet (8), toy accordion (2,5,6,8) - Slava Tolstoy: guitar (1,4,5,6,8) - Dave Wilson: clarinet (1,5,6), flute (3), chorus vocals (5) - Gabe Noel: upright/electric bass (4,5,8,9), cello (4,6), chorus vocals (1,5) - August Emile: drums (1,3,7,8), chorus vocals (1) - Tommy Davy: Django guitar (1,7) - Marcel Camargo: guitar (3), mandolin (3,9) - Kayta Matsuno: additional guitar (3) - Danny McKay: upright/electric bass (1,3,7), chorus vocals (1) - Julian Hallmark: violin (4,6) - John Wicks: drums (5,9) - Yotam Rosenbaum: drums (2) - Franchot Tone: drum programming (2) - Doron Kochli: accordion (1,7,9) - Adam Topol: additional drums (1) - Mads Tolling: violin (2,3,9), viola (2) - Manuel Tomás: drum programming (4) - Amir Efrat: piano/keys (3,7) - Jim Jedeikin: clarinet (2) - Cho Yoon Seung: piano (8)


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Joe H.

Excellent voice and musical arrangement in French chanson style.
Hearing Jessica Fichot for the first time on an interview on the Los Angeles NPR station, I was immediately struck by this fresh, bright, and melodic voice. While carrying much of the tradition of the French chanson, Ms. Fichot’s songs have the pace and rhythm of contemporary music. Le Grenier immediately captures interest, and its chorus and those of the other songs stay with you. The instrumentation and arrangements are also excellent and crisp. She has written the music and lyrics for virtually all of the songs. Impressive too is how well she has balanced her Chinese and French roots; Le Velours et la Soie is a great example. And her linguistic versatility is also demonstrated by singing in four languages. From the beginning of the musical trip to the end of Le Chemin, this is an excellent CD.

nina

gypsy jazz django style and classic french at its best!
Jessica Fichot makes me feel like i'm living in an era where all can be...
I've let her know on her myspace page how much she means to me :)
must have............

Yoli

Excellent, sweet and crispy, can't categorize, a category by itself, gift singer
a budding songwriter/singer,gifted musician, I can visualize she'll go very far...

Paul Manchester

Beautiful.
I've enjoyed this album a great deal. Particulary love 1,2,3 but have enjoyed the covers as well... There is not a bum track on the CD- I even can understand some of the French lyrics even though my fluency is extremely limited. I like that the lyrics are printed it out with a translation. The music is lush and beautifully arranged... very nice music for the evening after a long day.