- Audio CD (2 Mar 2009)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Label Bleu
- ASIN: B001MUJSH8
- Other Editions: MP3 Download
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 184,385 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Recent work has seen Texier bring more North African influences to bear, and these are most evident here when Texier junior uses the clarinet on group compositions such as the improvised A Vif. Guitarist Manu Codjia is just fabulous throughout: his use of swell and compression creating clean Rypdal-like lines that soar through freer pieces such as Intuition.
But it's the standards that really shine here. Cole Porter's I Love You and Easy To Love; Billie's God Bless The Child or Duke Ellington's In A Sentimental Mood are all dispatched with equal measures of respect for the melody and each other's space. While American critics have been known to be a tad sniffy about Texier's double bass work, falling, as it does, somewhere between tradition and exploration, but here its tone rings out with a sureness that pins down every track masterfully, especially on the group's Emouvantes Blues.
Love Songs is a tender and incredibly tasteful addition to Texier's CV that will only bolster his well-deserved reputation. --Chris Jones
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