Lucienne Renaudin Vary’s album review: Guaranteed to add an extra layer of good humor this Christmas


Mademoiselle In New York by Lucienne Renaudin Vary is guaranteed to add an extra layer of good humor this Christmas

Lucienne Renaudin Vary Mademoiselle in New York

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Evaluation:

Trumpeter Lucienne Renaudin Vary, France’s both glamorous and virtuoso answer to our very own Alison Balsom, has a new album that’s guaranteed to add an extra layer of good humor this Christmas.

American jazzman Bill Elliott hosts and conducts a colorful program of bright-eyed, bushy-tailed releases of Big Apple classics such as Leonard Bernstein West Side Story and that of George Gershwin Porgy And Bess.

We Brits also get a preview, as this delicious album was recorded in London last February, with the very versatile BBC Concert Orchestra. As good as Porgy And Bess medley there are more Gershwin with They all laughed, from Gershwin’s final project, the film Shall we dance?, published in 1937, the year of his unfortunately premature death.

Trumpeter Lucienne Renaudin Vary, France's both glamorous and virtuoso answer to our very own Alison Balsom, has a new album that's guaranteed to add an extra layer of good humor.

Trumpeter Lucienne Renaudin Vary, France’s both glamorous and virtuoso response to our very own Alison Balsom, has a new album that’s guaranteed to add an extra layer of good humor.

And more Bernstein, too, with an imaginative arrangement of Glitter and be gay of his imperfect masterpiece, Candid.

Incorporate Sidney Bechet, Moondog and Bobby Hebb’s Sunny, and fans of American music do not hesitate.

There are also European things, since Lucienne deploys her talents as a singer, in songs like that of Charles Aznavour. For me wonderful.

She also has the option of whistling. As a child, my mother would stop me whistling, saying it was common. But she never heard Lucienne!

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