I Get a Kick out of You
Album release concert November 11 at Bal Blomet
The I Get A Kick Out Of You concert is made up of three essential ingredients. First, the great standards of the legendary Cole Porter with an all-star Big Band, Made in France, featuring stars of the Paris jazz scene and brand-new arrangements. The great classics from his repertoire that everyone knows: “I Get A Kick Out Of You”, “Love For Sale”, “I Concentrate On You”, “Just One Of Those Things”, … These songs have been rearranged and re-orchestrated, with a contemporary perspective, by two amazing musician-arrangers: Philippe Maniez, for the most part, who also plays the drums and is the musical director for the project, and Bastien Ballaz who’s a fantastic trombone player.
The second ingredient is original compositions, melodies and texts that respond to Cole Porter’s music, arranged and orchestrated for the Big Band. These songs take their inspiration from everything that makes up my musical vocabulary, from the Beatles to today’s pop with Adele, The Arctic Monkeys, or Michael Jackson. But played in our style, acoustic, swinging and jazz, by what I consider to be some of the best musicians on the Paris jazz scene today.
For the third ingredient, we didn’t deny ourselves the pleasure of digging into the archives and grabbing a few orchestrations of great classics by Quincy Jones, Nelson Riddle, Billy May, Bill Holman or Bill Byers. It’s a pleasure to rediscover such familiar sounds as “Get Me To The Church”, “You Make Me Feel So Young”, “Come Fly With Me” and “All Or Nothing At All”.
But why sing the music of American crooners again? Perhaps, as Frank Sinatra once said: “because of the girls! And I happen to know, very, very well, a wonderful singer called Isabelle Georges, whom I invited to sing a rather humorous duet on the album, entitled “You’re The Top”. She also performs a wonderful solo on Cole Porter’s classic “I Love Paris”.
Finally, contact with the audience is essential. We’re with each other, we see each other, we meet for an evening, we think it’s a concert, but we come to a party, it’s deeply alive, it produces an effect similar to the pop of a bottle of champagne, it makes a lot of noise, bubbles in all directions, it overflows and makes you want to dance.