JAZZ

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music -

Sting’s Her fa­cil­ity in French is com­mend­able but my favourites hap­pen to be in English: her ex­hil­a­rat­ing ar­range­ment of Cole Porter’s I Love Paris and her sub­lime ver­sion of Let It be Me. Al­lure Becky Fox ABC Jazz FRAN­COPHILES will be cap­ti­vated by this clever mix of old and new French torch songs by clas­si­cally trained Melbourne singer Becky Fox. For her first solo album ( fol­low­ing a col­lab­o­ra­tion with gui­tarist Leonard Grig­o­ryan), the 24- year- old chan­nels chanteuses such as Edith Piaf and crooner Charles Trenet with a spic­ing of the ro­man­tic side of Sting. Fea­tur­ing a classy back­ing line- up, in­clud­ing Grig­o­ryan, Tony Gould, Joe Chin­damo and John Hoff­man, this is an album for all those peo­ple who love fall­ing in love. Fox is blessed with a spine- tin­glingly pretty voice that soars and ca­resses lyrics and melodies that she ob­vi­ously loves. She dis­plays a gift for draw­ing out the lay­ers of feel­ing and long­ing in familiar songs such as La Vie en Rose , Belle du Jour and

La Belle Dame sans Re­grets.

Anne Lim

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