While The Professional marked the American breakthrough of populist French director Luc Besson (and his long-time composer, Eric Serra), the ambitious, futuristic sci-fi adventure The Fifth Element proved to be Besson's stateside sophomore jinx at the box office. Still, Serra's score shouldn't be overlooked. Easily the composer's most digitally daring studio concoction, The Fifth Element offers up a brave stew of synth beats, orchestral flourishes, and ethnic influences ranging from Middle Eastern modalities to Italian operatic arias.
This album was born from a meeting. One comes from jazz, the other from musette. One is the great reviver of Manouche jazz, heir to Django, the other, accordion world champion, heir to Jo Privat. Both are fine melodists and have written and composed hundreds of songs. This is the first time that Romane and Éric Bouvelle are on record. The result is 12 thundering tracks, in the pure tradition of the swing waltzes of Paris of the past: the strings rub, the accordion blows, the jazz and the java are there and tangle! They are accompanied by Mathieu Chatelain and Laurent Zeller and Laurent Delaveau (Les Pommes de ma douche). They manage to bring this sophisticated popular heritage to life by reinterpreting the great standards by offering new tunes!
A limited edition box set, with great packaging, issued in Japan. It has all eight shows from the Budokan, Tokyo run in October 1997. From the Eric Clapton Bootography: “If only the legitimate recording industry could produce something this good.” If you’re going to indulge in a set of this type, this is possibly the best one ever produced. The one drawback? Eric’s unchanging set list.
Although Eric Martin is best-known as the lead singer of rock quartet Mr. Big, he was a seasoned music veteran before that outfit in 1988. Born on October 10, 1960, in Long Island, NY, Martin moved often during his childhood due to his father's career as an Army officer. When the family settled in San Francisco in 1976, Martin formed the band 415 with some high school friends…