Le Boeuf Sur Le Toit - Swinging Paris (Explicit)
Released: Sep 2012
Label: Warner Classics
The jazz-meets-classical cabaret scene of Paris in the 1920s has always been attractive. Think about it: You've got artist Jean Cocteau kicking up his heels in one corner while Darius Milhaud plays the piano in the other. Here, pianist Alexandre Tharaud brings this era back to life with this hot little high-concept album. Show tunes of the day -- like Gershwin's "The Man I Love" -- get crisp and playful readings. Tharaud taps capable vocalists to help out on some cuts, but they're not as clutch. Skip to the pianist's take on Ravel's "Five o'clock" foxtrot and Milhaud's "Tango des Fratellini."