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Boulevard

St. Germain Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (22 Jun 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: F Communications
  • ASIN: B00000742D
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,031 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Deep in It
2. Thank U Mum (4 Everything You Did)
3. Street Scene (4 Shazz)
4. Easy to Remember
5. Sentimental Mood
6. What's New?
7. Dub Experience II
8. Forget It

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Ludovic Navarre is known the world over as a master of the sophisticated gallic groove, thanks to his brilliant sophomore album on Blue Note in 2000. But Boulevard was the LP that first put him on the musical map. It's essentially a compilation of the three EPs he released during the mid-90s, and its elegant mix of African rhythms, slick jazzuality and deep house grooves presages Tourist by a good five years.

Featuring a host of musicians who add trumpet, sax, flute, piano and percussion, Boulevard begins with the seven-minute "Deep in It"--all floating jazz chords, vibes and warm synths that wrap themselves around a muffled, slick beat. "Thank U Mum" is slightly meatier, fuelled by staccato drum riddims and propelled by a gorgeously bowed bass line that snakes lazily along. This track is a whopping 12 minutes long: St Germain may be a lot of things, but he's not in a hurry.

There's more on here than just elegant deep house though. "Street Scene" rides a low hip-hop beat and conjures up the blaxploitation scenes of 70s flicks with slick jazz–funk grooves, and "Dub Experience 2" does what it says on the tin. The irresistible simplicity with which these tunes are delivered hides the complexity and sophistication of the arrangements and thus makes it entertaining on a few different levels. --Paul Sullivan

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic Deep House mellow vibe masterpiece! 24 Nov 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is a singularly brilliant album. I've had it now for 3 years and still get lost in its sumptuous variety. If you want quality deep house that will hold your interest and carry on revealing new facets of itself over time then this is a must. If you like commercial 1234, bang, bang, thump, thump, stuff then you might find it a little bit too subtle for your taste. The hidden bass lines and builds creep up on you with such intricacy you wonder how he gets away with it. Mr Navarre is a genius without a doubt. The more recent release "Tourist" has had quite a lot of coverage and is itself pretty damn good but "Boulevard " is a better album I reckon.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's cool... and very very funky 5 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
All I can really say is... GO AND BUY THIS ALBUM. Ludovic Navarre has produced something here that is quite out of the ordinary. After a long hard stressful day, come in, throw everything on the floor, and put this on to sooth your senses. Tracks such as Thank you Mum (4 Everything you did) and Street scene (4 Shazz) are sensational - the chilled groove with jazz snippets slowly bubbling their way up through are mindblowingly excellent. If that ain't good I don't know what is! You can find equally funky tunes on St Germain's newer albums 'Tourist' and 'From Detroit to St. Germain'.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the meaning of life 16 Feb 2001
By A Customer
Format:Vinyl
I believe this is the best jazz house record ever made or ever to be made. Even for jazz fans , this record shows a quality and taste in beautiful music.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best house music with serious jazz sounds 23 Dec 2001
Format:Audio CD
I've had it now for six years and I still think it's the best house/jazz record haver made it.Just put the cd on your stereo, close your eyes and just start feeling the power of this record. I sincerely recommend it to every real house music lovers.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent contemporary jazz/house crossover. 5 Feb 2001
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Format:Vinyl
St. germain provide an excellent selection for searchers of contemporary electronic music, following the example of US3's jazz sampling practice, St. germain stick to jazz more than their blue note peers US3 and explore the sounds of modern sampling and beat producing machinery combined with live saxophone, guitars and piano. A truelly marvellous recording.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent listening in the car! 10 May 2000
Format:Audio CD
A cool, sometimes funky mixture of soft house and open jazz. This record in excellent in-car listening. The creative use of sax and muted trumpet blends well with effective bass / beat and vibes. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great electronic music 20 May 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is the stage at which electronic music should have stayed. Thoroughly enjoyable throughout, I have most of these tracks in my walking playlist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cool Jazz 15 Aug 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Have had Tourist CD since we first heard it on a beach holiday in Turkey, Decided to buy Boulevard and like it as much if not more than Tourist. Great for background sound for evening BBQ parties or just chilling out. Great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish Jazz Fusion
Love this album! have always enjoyed Tourist so decided to dig further, and plan to dig further on Ludovic Navarre who writes under other aliases. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Susan Buchanan
5.0 out of 5 stars Mellow
Was recommended by a friend as not my usual taste in music. But very impressed so bought his other album as well
Published 15 months ago by Barry Spall
5.0 out of 5 stars St.Germain-Boulevard
I have only just come across Ludevic Navarre aka St. Germain but what a find, stunning album. This cd along with 'The Tourist' are definitely my current favourites, can't stop... Read more
Published on 8 Sep 2011 by Gorillatub
5.0 out of 5 stars Electro - nu Jazz
There are no words to describe and define this album. The fusion of electronic music and jazz is something excellent, it is a mix fits in very well but difficult to create. Read more
Published on 12 Jun 2011 by Harvest
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Album
Well, for starters, St. Germaing has nothing to do with Saint Germain Des Pres, so the 2 star comment below about it, forget it. Read more
Published on 20 July 2010 by F. Serrano
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good but overrated
I got the St Germain Boulevard Tourist CD Tourist from a friend and just loved it, so I bought also this one ... and yes its good but I do not like it as much as the Tourist one.
Published on 31 May 2010 by B. Odermatt
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much like hard work to list too
I like Saint Gemain a lot but this album did nothing for me and came as a big comedown compared to Tourist and Des Pres Cafe Vol.3. Read more
Published on 27 Jun 2003 by Johan De-silva
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent album
I purchsed this CD in April 2003 (even thou this CD was released in 1995). I decide to buy purchase this CD after reading all the other review giving it 5 stars. Read more
Published on 3 April 2003 by Sunjay Bhogal
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