Les Effrontes @ The King's Head

Jazz a la francaise

The music of Les Effrontes (cheeky ones in French!) is accordingly saucy and romantic, witty and playful, balancing the right amounts of relaxing and entertaining melodies on a breezy Sunday night.
Injecting swinging Jazz rhythms into the classic French Chanson of Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel, the five Effrontes launched on a journey in time, from the centre of Islington straight to the heart of Paris. They had prepared a naughty bunch of tunes for us workers in denial of the pending Monday morning blues.  From Pink Martini's Je Ne Veux Pas Travailler (“I Don't Want To Work”) to Tom Wait's Temptation, via Joe Dassin's Champs Elysees and, naturally, Edith Piaf's Je Ne Regrette Rien.
Compared to the band's joyful rhythmical accompaniment, French/American vocalist Tiffany Schellenberg was a relatively low key presence as front-woman. But her smoky voice fully unravelled at the risky high notes, alternating in the lead role with Ian Bailey's cheery saxophone.
Les Effrontes are out there touring London pubs. Climb on board for their next nostalgic adventure. (watch the listing for more...) Oh la la..

Review by Danai Molocha, a.k.a. rockets4solitude, as seen at http://www.liveatyourlocal.org.uk/music/

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