André Manoukian – So in Love

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Earlier today, looking for news on talented French singer Camélia Jordana, I find a record that passed me by completely unnoticed and which I loved at the very first hearing.

It’s a compilation of standard jazz made by musician and judge of Nouvelle Star contest André Manoukian. I know, I know, who needs just another compilation of that kind, but, this one is worth the while, I promise. The record, called So in Love, was released in 2010 and gathers voices of a bunch of my favorite French artist: people like Emily Loizeau, Anaïs, Helena Noguerra, the duo Cocoon and, of course, Camélia Jordana, already mentioned above.

The second track of the CD already got me hooked with a beautiful fresh version of the great classic Cheek to Cheek, written by Irving Berlin and immortalized by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. The record’s version is interpreted by Anaïs, who gives it a breeze of fun renovated air to the song.

Cheek To Cheek (Avec Anaïs) by André Manoukian – Anaïs on Grooveshark

Anaïs is also responsible for singing Crazy.

Crazy (Avec Anaïs) by André Manoukian – Anaïs on Grooveshark

Camélia Jordana sings What a wonderful world, by Louis Armstrong.

What A Wonderfull World (Avec Camélia Jordana) by André Manoukian – Camélia Jordana on Grooveshark

Loane got the difficult task of singing Every time we say goodbye, by the great Cole Porter and, although she plays safe when singing “(…)from major to minor” (and we simply can not compare to Ella Fitzgerald, since she was so incredible one could think she was an Alien), I really enjoyed the version. 

Everytime Time We Say Goodbye (Avec Loane) by André Manoukian – Loane on Grooveshark

And last, but not least, the fun Emily Loizeau closes the record singing Tea for Two.

Tea For Two (Avec Emily Loizeau) by André Manoukian – Emily Loizeau on Grooveshark

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I’m Gabriela Mudado, a Brazilian girl who has been in love with French tunes since… well, ever! I started a blog about French music (in Portuguese) in 2008 and recently decided to create an English version of it.

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