Standards And Sweet Things
A Manhattan based jazz outfit very much indebted to the ‘40s, Fleur Seule is led by Allyson Briggs who sings in 7 different languages across bossanova, swing, and salsa, among other sounds.
“Taking A Chance” starts the album with vivid horns and keys in the danceable, bouncy, swing fun, and “Piel Canela” follows with elegant, Latin rhythm amid the Spanish singing from Seule that’s both expressive and melodic.
Further on, “Sabor A Mi” is a calm, groove friendly affair of sophistication, while “Them There Eyes” will get you on the dance floor with its upbeat shuffling and piano acrobatics.
The back half highlights include “Manuelo”, which flows with a stylish delivery of timeless jazz appeal, the crisp percussion of “Almost Like Being In Love”, and the glorious “Sweet Happy Life”. “S’Wonderful” exits the listen swift and memorable with dancing keys and brushed drums.
Ranging anywhere from 2-13 players, Fleur Seule can easily soundtrack an intimate lounge just as they can a lively street party, and these 16 tracks prove that you’ll have a great time from beginning to end no matter how cautious or wild the execution gets.
Travels well with: Peggy Lee– I’m A Woman; Anita O’ Day– This Is Anita