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Parlez-moi d'amour

by Les Chauds Lapins

French songs about love and sex from the jazz era, artfully sung and rearranged by this acoustic band from New York.
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1. J'ai dansé avec l'amour
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2. Il m'a vue nue
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2:32 album only
3. Swing troubadour
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4:04 album only
4. Ces petites choses
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4:53 album only
5. Mon rêve c'etait vous
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6. Vous êtes jolie
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2:34 album only
7. Si tu m'aimes
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4:00 album only
8. Parlez-moi d'amour
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3:40 album only
9. Parles-moi d'autre chose
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10. J'ai ta main
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11. Pourquoi
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12. J'ai connu de vous
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13. La barque d'Yves
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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A 'chaud lapin' in French, literally means a 'hot rabbit'. But really it refers to the people who are endlessly hot to trot. It is in the spirit of these raffish seekers that Les Chauds Lapins presents their debut album, "Parlez-moi d'amour" ('speak to me of love'), a collection of 13 French songs from the jazz era entirely focused on the topic of love and lust.

A breezy mini-orchestra that features banjo ukes viola, cello and upright bass, Les Chauds Lapins, with their charming American accents, present songs from the repetoire of such artists as Charles Trenet, Mistinguett, Josephine Baker, Edith Piaf, Jean Sablon and Lucienne Boyer. Which is to say, a set of passionate and witty songs from a time when French music was infusing American jazz and swing elements into their own highly melodic and verbal song style.

Les Chauds Lapins "Parlez-moi d'amour" personnel:
Meg Reichardt (vocals, banjo uke, guitar)
Kurt Hoffman (vocals, banjo uke, arrangements)
Karen Waltuch (viola),
Garo Yellin (cello),
Andy Cotton (bass)
Frank London (trumpet).

In Les Chauds Lapins, Meg Reichardt reveals herself to be a complex and charming vocal stylist, effervescing through the cheeky "Il m'a vue nue" ('He saw me nude"), and smoldering in Piaf's darker "J'ai danse avec l'amour" . On urbane ballads like "Si tu m'aimes" ("If you love me...") and "Ces petites choses" (a French re-write of "These Foolish Things") she displays a deft combination of swank and disarming directness. With her American blues and country inflected guitar and banjo uke playing, she brings an uncanny touch of Americana to this classic French repetoire. Meg Reichardt is also known for her work with the Roulette Sisters (whose album, "Nerve Medicine is also available at CD Baby), a group that also specializes in the music from the first half of the twentieth century, albeit from the American side of the pond.

Kurt Hoffman the crooning tenor who sings several songs by Charles Trenet, is also the arranger of the project. Describing the genesis of the project, Hoffman recounts,"Meg and I had worked up this little set of French songs on our ukes. Eventually it got more serious and we decided to add this ensemble of low strings -- viola, cello and bass -- to the high pitched ukuleles. The combination worked great -- the banjo ukes are not only high pitched, but there's also something intractably unserious about them. It's like they're built for simple pleasure and there's no getting around it. On the other hand our string players, are very sophisticated -- able to do classical music as well as all kinds of pop and avante-garde stuff, they're able to provide this fanciful world of much more sophisticated colors and moods. I'd done all kinds of film-scoring and writing for various ensembles, including an early swing band I led in the 90s (the Band of Weeds) -- for me it was knitting together all these disparate elements of music that I loved. And the funny thing is that most of these disparate elements (jazz, classical, high,low) are found in this French Music Hall repetoire." M. Hoffman has played and arranged for the Ordinaires, the Band of Weeds, They Might Be Giants, and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.


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lemondedo

Les lapins au miel.
Enfin je retrouve la voix enchanteresse de Meg qui m'avait tant charmé au bistrot des artistes !!!
C'est bon comme une arièrre boutique dans un magasin de bonbons.

O.

penny

Les Chauds Lapins
Found this CD by accident after searching for a version of Parlez moi d'amour on the internet. 2 of my partner's favourite movies are Casablanca and Sweet and Lowdown, and it features in both, so he decided he wanted to play it [he's a musician]. We both love the CD, with its great vocals and interesting use of instruments and its warmth and awareness. Please do more!

Pamela at CD Baby


A thoroughly delightful jaunt into jazz era French songs, “Parlez-moi d’amour” (“Speak to Me of Love”) is a record for lying in a shaded hammock with cold glass of chablis on the lawn next to you. Picture some folks slowly treading the boards of their living room, couples tied up in each other’s arms as they step lightly from side to side while the sweet summer air settles on the other side of the screen door. Featuring banjo, ukuleles, a string section, and a couple of confident singers, the record uses music first made famous by the likes of Edith Piaf, Josephine Baker, and Charles Trenet. While the music is, of course, laden with plenty of French lyrics, there’s something immediately appealing about their coquettish delivery. It’s the sort of “saying it without saying it” eye-batting-from-across-the-room that gives Les Chauds Lapins their musical verve; even if you can’t understand the lyrics, you know what they’re singing about. There’s no better language for getting that kind of romantic message out.

Jane

Je love it!
Such a beautiful record! It makes me want to sing along, and dance. I received the CD as a birthday present, and now I've bought copies to give to several friends. Definitely one of the best albums I've heard in years.

Xaque

Love it! Makes we want to go to Paris.

claire


je cherchais des chansons douces et gais pour les chanter à mon bébé, et je suis tombée amoureuse de ce disque! on fredonne "j'ai ta main" et on passe le disque en boucle toutes les 2!!! c'est frai, bien orchestré, l'accent est à croquer...on ne s'en lasse pas.

Steve "Cool Papa" Howard

Edith and Jean and Django are smilin' down on this little beauty.
Intimate. Beautiful. Old married folks, kids learning French, and everyone in between should hear this - Edith and Django are smilin' down on this little beauty.