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Album Review

Claude Nougaro's two main influences are very much evident in this compilation. His passion for jazz — which he shared with his frequent collaborators Michel Legrand, Jacques Datin, and Maurice Vander — is reflected in such compositions as "Le Jazz et la Java," "Une Petite Fille," and "Les Don Juan," while "Armstrong," his tribute to the great jazz performer, is set to the tune of "Let My People Go." Brazilian rhythms permeate the songs "Bidonville" (Shanty Town), "Brésilien," and one of Nougaro's biggest successes, "Tu Verras," which is actually a reworking of a famous song by Brazilian singer Chico Buarque.


Born: October 29, 1929 in Toulouse, France

Genre: French Pop

Years Active: '60s, '80s, '90s

Widely regarded as the singer who fused the traditions of the French chanson with the energy and verve of American jazz, Claude Nougaro was born in Toulouse on September 9, 1929. The son of an opera singer and a piano teacher, he was raised largely by his grandparents, devouring not only classical music but also the homegrown pop of Charles Trenet and Edith Piaf, and the American swing of Louis Armstrong and Glenn Miller broadcast via Radio-Toulouse. Despite his love of the arts, Nougaro never learned...
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