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EDITORS’ NOTES

Paris’ jazz-house pioneer looks to Mali for his first album in 15 years.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Paris’ jazz-house pioneer looks to Mali for his first album in 15 years.

Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
38 Ratings
38 Ratings
McGoogle89

The Tourist takes a trip to Mali

Pure Class. South African vocals and instrumentation meets delicate French House grooves all spun with threads of Blues and Jazz throughout. There are some moments of absolute brilliance that shine throughout the intricate productions, and it really elevates the album from standard "World" music. It's also noteworthy that the deep house underpinnings are incredible solid in their own right (I could listen to dub mixes of all the songs and be perfectly happy). Hopefully this is the start of more releases from St. Germaine!

forbisher

Worth Waiting For

There is a lot of superb new eclectic music, film and art coming out of France these days. Perhaps it is France’s time to shine. Surely the world has waited a LONG time for this album from French musical maestro Ludovic Navarre - AKA St. Germain. Since his Jazz/House 2000 release “Tourist” the world has become flooded with electronica of all sorts. But the best always rises to the top, as this release surely will.

I recall “Tourist” was a revolution in styles and vibe - at the time. The sound was so satisfying and was so perfect for so many listening environments that the album was played seemingly EVERYWHERE for years. Restaurants, clubs, bars, hotels, airlines, stores, waiting rooms. The music answered a need for well-crafted chill, and it delivered.

At first listen this new album sounds like it will follow in the broad spectrum success of “Tourist”. The world is soon gonna be spinning and streaming this wax so much that it will become part of the musical fabric of our days. Good music does that. Bad music goes away quickly. Good music lingers for a long time, and makes us hungry for more, even if we have to wait 15 years for it.

Brooks In DHMD

St. Germain

I have not heard a single song by him that I did not enjoy and this one is getting to me more each time I hear it. I never rush things, but hurry up 10/09/15

About St Germain

One of the few producers to pursue a real fusion of jazz and house music, Frenchman Ludovic Navarre began recording in the early '90s using various aliases (Subsystem, Modus Vivendi, Deepside) for a range of French imprints. St. Germain debuted in 1994 for Laurent Garnier's F Communications label and Navarre released his first album, Boulevard, in 1996. Featuring trumpeter Pascal Ohse, the album worked as a hybrid of American R&B and jazz with the growing French house scene exemplified by Garnier, La Funk Mob, and Dimitri from Paris. Tourist, issued at the turn of the century by Blue Note, took the concept further, with Navarre working post-production on a fuller complement of musicians. Navarre has also remixed such varying artists as Björk, Pierre Henry, and the Suburban Knight.

As St. Germain he signed with Nonesuch in early 2015. In May he announced a self-titled offering -- his first album of new material in 15 years. Inspired by his longtime love of Malian music, the album was recorded in Navarre's Paris studio. His stable of studio musicians included Brazilian percussionist Jorge Bezerra, Malian kora player Mamadou Cherif Soumano, Malian guitarist and n'goni player Guimba Kouyate, and longtime associate Martiniquais keyboardist Didier Davidas. St. Germain's pre-release single "Real Blues" was issued in May, while the album was released that October. ~ John Bush

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