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Saint-Germain des Pres Cafe: the Finest Electro-Jazz Compilation/Paris

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (8 Oct 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wagram
  • ASIN: B00005OC4P
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,267 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Round Midnight - Duran Y Garcia
2. Original Oddstep - Vert
3. Coffee Talk - Jazzanova
4. Jazzion - South Froggies feat. Allan
5. Chok-A-Blok Avenue - Barrio Jazz Gang
6. Yes It's True - Taxi
7. Lo-Fi Nu Jazz - Rubin Steiner
8. Godsdog - De-Phazz
9. At Last - Megashira
10. Theme to the Last Puma - Ian Simmonds
11. Style - Jet Set Productions feat. Jo Laundy
12. G.U.B.N.U.F - Bugge Wesseltoft
13. Ocean Games - Funk 4 Sale
14. Deep In It - St Germain
15. Les Courants d'Air - Grand Tourism feat. Terry Callier

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictively good... 8 Jan 2004
Format:Audio CD
Hidden in amongst the recent avalanche of "chill out" and "jazz café" albums - many of which should be filed under "distinctly boring" - is this French release put together by Olivier Delachanal & Fabien Barrau. Bravely sub-titled as "the finest electro-jazz compilation" it is in fact pretty close to what it claims: virtually all of the selections are first rate, most are difficult to get hold of and - here's the trick that so many compiler's miss - the whole set fits together as a seamless whole. Exhibiting on the way through more than enough real treats to show exactly what modern electro-jazz can deliver, it just rolls along leaving you itching to hit the replay button. Re-file under "addictively good".
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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I hope that the 38 people who apparently found the above review helpful weren't also under the illusion that this IS a St Germain/Ludovic Navarre album.
Far from it. Check the tracklisting and you will see a very high quality (and relatively cheap)collection of European nu-jazz gems.
Highlights have to be the Jazzanova "Coffee Talk" remix (only available on a "reworks from Japan 12"), the silky smooth vocals of Taxi's "Yes it's true", and De Phazz's cheeky sample-fest "Godsdog", which leads perfectly into the summery latin d&b of Megashira "At last".
Then there's the Rubin Steiner track, "Lo-Fi Nu Jazz, with some fantastic stop-start percussion to keep things funky. Ian Simmonds "Theme to the last Puma" surprised me too, having found his dire synth playing on "Return to X" too much for my head.
In fact, the only dissappointing track I found was, funnily enough, the ONLY St Germain song on the album. You know exactly where it's going from the first few notes and it then it goes on, and on...Same can be said too of Bugge Wesseltoft's G.U.B.N.U.F which sounds like it should have been released when acid jazz had just been invented.
But 2 out of 15 ain't bad!
The spine of the sleeve states that this is the "finest electro-jazz compilation". Not quite in my opinion, but not far off. I'd certainly recommend any of the Future Sound of Jazz comps on Compost, Da lata, Jazzanova's "In Between" if this kind of stuff gets your toes tapping.
Buy it and enjoy!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars if you like Saint Germain then... 27 Jun 2002
Format:Audio CD
I bought this on the assumption that it was Saint Germain, but as pointed out elsewhere it is not. However it does give a good feel for where SG is coming from even if its nothing to do with him.
Not being a serious jazz fan my faves differ from others, so for me Bugge Wesseltoft's G.U.B.N.U.F is a stand-out track and there are several other excellents present.
I agree that the (for real) Saint Germain track (to which I would add the Terry Callier piece) seem out of place.
Saint Germain live is currently one of the most blistering sets around, this cd gives us an idea of how such things come to be. Highly recommended jazz for non jazz purists.
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50 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars St Germain continue to impress me 29 Oct 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Café, is proof that Ludovic Navarre, aka St Germain, continue to be one the very best and original French music producers. I am, unfortunately, an aging blues & jazz fan who has found in St Germain a new lease of life. St Germain's version of Jazz is so original it deserves its own category - electro-jazz. I have lived in France for over two years, and to be honest, there is almost no other French music I particularly like. St Germain is the exception. Café is similar to previous work but more laid-back. Café is more jazzzzy than Tourist or Boulevard and even has singing! It is almost impossible to listen to St Germain without dancing. At their concert in The Opera House at the Cork Jazz Festival on the 28th of October 2001 the seats were removed for the first time. The organisers obviously knew an audience couldn't sit still at a St Germain concert! Keep it up Ludovic. The only problem is I now have to buy all the other CD's he's produced. PS Try Café with a little Cognac...
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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Compilation 28 Mar 2003
By bordersj2 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I think some folks may be confusing St. Germaine the artist AND the France jazz scene altogether! You have to consider why St. Germain calls himself... St. Germain instead of his real name. It is in reference to the district in Paris that is really renown (IMO) for it's musical and art culture (and football club that currently has Pentacampeo player Ronaldinho!). Also, that artist's contribution to this compilation was from the album "Boulevard", which pre-ceeded Tourist by a few years. Maybe St. Germain (Ludovic Navarre) is involved in the mixing of this but I don't believe he is. Judging by the label that this release is on - I think they were and are doing fairly well on their own. No, this is not a "St. Germain" feature cd. It is like a jazz/dj cd featuring what you might expect to hear in a trendy cafe in that district.
That much aside, this is a terrific compilation, and the introduction to the "Saint - Germain Des PRes Cafe" series. It's solid, with primo jazz cuts mixed and remastered by DJ's along with a couple of solid new tracks as well. Some well known artists include De-Phazz, St. Germain, Barrio Jazz Gang and Jazzanova. This CD isn't really mixed so much - the tracks are great as stand alone where-as in the future cd's of the series, there is a bit of mixing done.
This was a great start. I really enjoyed this one - much better than I did the second one. But as far as this series goes, I think the real gem is the third release with some very rare remixes and soothing cuts. If you dig this series, I'd recommend picking up another compilation called "Jazz Lounge". Artists on that one include NOrah Jones, Patti Austin, Mr. Scruff, Koop, Nuspirit Helsinki, Count Basic, Nicola Conte, St. Germain and many many others.
One more thing - the label that this series is on is Wagram, which is the same label that provided various French and intenrational compilations: Hotel Costes compilations and the "Paris Lounge", "Berlin Lounge", "London Lounge", etc. series along with Nueva Bossa Nova and a few new Brazil comps too.
40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In response to some reviewers 8 April 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
St Germain, the name refers to two things. One: A neighborhood in Paris including the latin quarter that has many jazz clubs and cafes where jazz music can be heard. Two: The artist St Germain who I presume named himself after the neighborhood. St Germain the artist started his career in 1991 composing various !singles and 12 inch Lps for F com. He then made the classic album Boulevard in 1995 which included, "deep in it'" which is the only St germain song featured on this album. He then signed with Blue Note and recorded the album Tourist that sold 4 million worldwide. This is not a St Germain album. This is a collection of artists who combine jazz and electronica. These artists don't necessarily live in Paris or France for that matter.
If you want to know about what is really going on with the French underground, then do yourself a favor a buy this new album called - Paris under a groove. It comprises all new french electronica artists. I own both of these records and the latter is definitely funky and full of fresh tracks. But remember these are not st germain albums. They contain one st germain track each. Good luck shopping.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My new top CD for all day use 28 Jan 2002
By "malore" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I happened to pick this up in Manhattan the other day while browsing aimlessly. I wasn't even in my usual section. I have many different CDs that I listen to all day from the Buddha Bar series to Groove Armada to Diana Krall all the way to Saint Germain. Normally I can't please my traditional jazz side and my downtempo side at the same time. This disc wan't even a question when I first heard it. If you have any taste for jazz but you want a modern feel you have to aquire this CD. I could go on all afternoon about the good qualities of this disc. There's way too much. The artists complied on here are all top notch. This is a must have in any modern CD collection. It'll compliment the taste of any jazz, groove, downtempo, etc. listener you might invite over.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Drop Everything You Are Doing and Go Get THIS! 25 May 2002
By M. S. Tucker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Picked this up about 2 months ago and it is astounding! I am not really even a efficianado of this "electro jazz" as they refer to it but I was really struck with this one. I have tried to deleve into the world of DJ music and have found it complictaed and at times so droning I want to shoot my CD player. Every now an again, I find a CD in this genre that is exceptional and this one takes the blue ribbon.
Just got back from Paris and they ARE playing this music in the Latin Quarter and it's amazing live, should you ever get a chance to go and sit in a cafe, do so...you won't be sorry!
If anything, this is an absolute must to enovke the jet-set life style.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Jazz 20 Sep 2005
By E. James Fortin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a great CD for lovers of New style techno Jazz such as Saint Germain. i Own Tourist and Boulavard both by Saint Germain, and this CD is Along those lines, and while only one song on the CD is actually by Saint Germain, it is way better then boulavard and at least equal to Tourist. this is one of the finest new jazz compilations ive ever heard, its very upbeat, and the songs are not too long, and although they have to be somewhat repetitive because of the genre, they arent to bad about that.....i recommend it to anyone looking for fun music.
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