"Mr. Freedom," the most recent offering from Gabin, is an eclectic mix of funky soul and ambient, groove-oriented jazz, all subtly (and sometimes not-so-subtly) set atop pulsing electronic beats. Think Moby's "Play" with even more of an edge. When the songs are good, they're really good. Standouts include the tribal-esque "Bang Bang to the Rock and Roll," (which sounds something like Fatboy Slim-meets-Paul Simon's "The Obvious Child,") and the fifth track, the steadily grooving "Midnight Coffee," which could practically be straight off of a St. Germain album. ~ Amazon
Jazz Loves Disney was recorded between Paris, London and Los Angeles by a dream cast. It is incredibly coherent, as if all participants had agreed to pay a rightful tribute to the most beautiful and symbolic tunes of Walt Disneys magic world, as if nothing was too good for the stars when they revisited the classics and the sweet childhood memories connected to them. This is the ultimate proof of the impact Disney has had on generations of jazz musicians, including the ones taking part in Jazz Loves Disney.
A feature length follow-up to Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet's short film Introduction to Arnold Schoenberg's Accompaniment to a Cinematographic Scene, this largely static adaptation of Schoenberg's -Biblical opera balances philosophy and drama while detailing Moses and his older brother's attempt to help lead the Hebrews out of Egypt.
André Manoukian, (born 9 April 1957) is an French songwriter, arranger, and jazz musician.Since 2002, he is also one of the four judges in the French version of Pop Idol, Nouvelle Star.