Oscar Lalo creates an enchanting amalgam of Jazz and Chanson Française on his new CD, Un Peu De Toi.
The Frenchman who now lives in Montreux, Switzerland. has a charming, elegant approach to singing that he developed after navigating the Parisian cafés of Saint-Germain des Prés, as well as many East Coast Jazz clubs, when he lived in the US.
There's a simple, pure and unaffected feeling to Oscar Lalo's music. Inspired by Django Reinhardt and the Music of Hot Club of France with Stephan Grappelli, as well as French legends Jacques Brel, Serge Gainsbourg, and Michel Legrand, this recording has a heartwarming quality that crosses language barriers. No matter where they reside, listeners will find Lalo's music enchanting, possessing both a sense of humor, and a touch of tenderness.
Abaji, a multi-intrumentalist of Syrian/Turkish/Armenian/Greek roots who wrote most of the songs, continues the French tradition for songs which are snapshot-of-life descriptions. A busy performer who has played in many countries, Abaji has a gift for unraveling the nature of feelings in song.
The French song—or la chanson française—is making a comeback these days. Inspired by legendary performers such as Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel, a new generation of singer-songwriters like Oscar Lalo, has embraced the form as a vehicle for their own creativity.