The moods and ambiance of Paris light up even brighter, but with a more sensual tone, as Raquel Bitton vocalizes the times of that passionate city then to the emotions now. Paris Blues, released by RB Records in early 2006, has all the fire and intensity of an era filled with diverse attitudes. In Piaf-esque fashion, Bitton releases vocally an intense and compassionate exposé of Paris--1940’s style.
Whether the tracks remind you of a night melting of romantic passion or of a decanter of Bordeaux at a hidden Café, the tones seem to fit the feel of the moment. The arrangements have been calculated with mood as the catalyst in many of the cuts. It is Bitton’s delivery, however, which ignited this travelogue of sound through Paris.
One track that opens the listener’s imagination is "Paris S’eveille La Nuit," an Amaila Rodrigues classic that allows Bitton the luxury of expanding her talent. The flow and distinct tone of this piece conveys the disposition and texture of her talent.
The gaiety of the French of that era is displayed flawlessly in the Suzy Solidor cut, "Escale," which Bitton performs magically. Sultry is tone Bitton extolls upon the truest of Solidor’s passion for her craft and country. The arrangement has captured the talents of Bitton along with the atmosphere of the times. A very nice job!
Bitton, along with an orchestra of fine talents, has crafted with triumph a feel of an era--an era of turmoil and tension. Justifiably liberated by the romance of a country and belief in a people. Bitton’s tones are eloquent--almost angelic at times--during the compositions. This is a select representation in jazz of Paris, then, portrayed now!