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Paris Combo

The French centered Paris Combo was formed in 1995 once the trio of Belle Du Berry, Francois-Francois and Potzi (who’d all been carrying out together) were became a member of by David Lewis and Mano Razanajato. An improbable meeting of differing cultures mixed in the forming of this acoustic group — two French users, vocalist du Berry and drummer Francois, Australian trumpeter Lewis, Madagasgan bassist Ranzanajato and Mediterranean guitarist Potzi. Collectively they combine many varieties of music like cabaret, gypsy, and golf swing jazz and inject them sparingly with Latin rhythms, Spanish acoustic guitar and on rarer situations with Asian and Mid-Eastern motifs. This esoteric melding of ethnicities and musical affects yields a cross that, although it relies on vintage sources, results in as neither contrived nor pressured. Du Berry’s flitting however commanding voice is situated somewhere within that of Edith Piaf and Anna Purnell. Potzi’s acoustic guitar playing combines the gypsy design and golf swing of Django Reinhardt the warm intonations of Joe Move and the tempo of Charlie Christian. Lewis’ often muted trumpet recalls the golf swing and sweet rings from the ‘30s and ‘40s. He also doubles on piano which enhances the jazz impact but the variety of Paris Combo prevents any tight categorization. Their debut Paris Combo premiered in 1997 accompanied by FAMILY ROOM in 1999. Both had been released for the American, Tinder Information label and both maintained the same employees. Attraction premiered in 2001 on Polygram.

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