Paris Combo has been a favorite band of ours since their 1998 debut album “Motifs,” and now we are excited that we are representing their latest album, “5,” exclusively in the United States. We are thrilled to share this record with you. It’s 12 sultry tracks basking in a crazy thing called “amour,” and will tug at your heartstrings like a weekend on the Seine.
If you are new to Paris Combo, they are a quintet with an eclectic sound that incorporates strains of gypsy jazz, French Chanson, and North African rhythms. Check out their new video, “Je Te Vois Partout.” Both vocals and instrumentals are ready for licensing now.
Five albums and two decades spent criss-crossing the globe, playing to enthusiastic audiences from Paris to Sao Paulo and Berlin to Istanbul, have enabled France’s Paris Combo to create a unique cosmopolitan sound, establishing the band as one of the most piquant, intriguing groups on the international music scene. Fronted by the mischievous vocals of chanteuse Belle du Berry, the combo have struck a chord with critics and audiences alike for their fun-loving mix of jazz, cabaret, gypsy, French pop and Latino and Middle Eastern rhythms. After 20 tours of the USA, including two sell-out concerts at the Hollywood Bowl, Paris Combo is on tour all over the world in 2015. Subtle, sophisticated, sassy yet seductive, Paris Combo is back with a new collection of songs, the aptly titled “5”, as well as all their favorites, such as “Living Room,” “Señor” and “Sous la Lune”.
Belle du Berry, guitarist Potzi and drummer François first performed together in Paris as members of a quirky retro revue, “Les Champêtres de Joie” which went on to collaborate at the closing ceremony of the Albertville Winter Olympic Games in 1992. Du Berry and Australian-born trumpeter-pianist David Lewis met while performing together at the “Cabaret Sauvage” and with the arrival of bassist Mano in 1995 the group began to hone their sound playing in cafés and barges along the Seine under the name “Paris Combo”.
Du Berry, whose musical roots go back to post-punk bands, cites influences such as Arletty, the French singer-actress of the ’30s, but also the Surrealists and a panoply of more recent artists including the B-52’s. Potzi’s Django-influenced guitar often mixes with François’ ska or Latin grooves to create a fascinating blend. Lewis, who had previously played with a wide variety of French bands including Manu Dibango and Arthur H, attributes the group’s approach to Paris’ cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Paris Combo’s eponymous 1997 debut disc arrived as the swing revival was in full bloom, yet the band’s wide-ranging mix of musical influences instantly set them apart from other groups in the genre, winning critical praise and appealing to international audiences. The momentum continued with the release of their second album, “Living Room,” which went gold in France in 2000, and confirmed the group’s international standing, with tours of the United States, Australia and Asia and a nomination at the French industry awards, Les Victoires de la Musique. The following year Paris Combo released their third set, “Attraction,” with a series of concerts at the prestigious Cité de la Musique in Paris. Their fourth album, “Motifs,” 2004, was supported by a tour that included Australasia, Brazil and the iconic Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles where the group was accompanied by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.
The troupe reunited in 2010 after a four-year hiatus and spent a year writing, rehearsing and rediscovering their hallmark sound. After adding new bassist Emmanuel Chabbey to the lineup at the end of 2011, they returned to extensive touring , performing the new material that evolved into the album “5” . In September 2011, the group performed once again at the Hollywood Bowl, delivering a memorable come-back show.
“In 2006, we gave ourselves the luxury of taking a break from touring and recording so each of us could return to his or her individual musical sources – a breathing space to allow inspiration to happen,” du Berry said. “Four years later, we reunited in a rehearsal studio – in Paris of course – and without even playing our previous repertoire, together we started composing new songs. The group’s chemistry was magic straightaway. Right from the first notes, the chords, the melodies, and the grooves sounded spontaneous and naturally like ‘Paris Combo.’ It was like a reunion with an old friend. The tone was set and we knew we would have fun co-writing our new material and exploring all the different aspects of the group’s identity – the ‘Paris Combo style.”Watch Video Listen and Download