Philippe Saisse: Riviera




Philippe Saisse (piano, keyboards, vibes, electronic drums)


NeXT Voyage (Verve Forecast 314 537 416-2)

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Philippe Saisse (piano, keyboards, vibes, electronic drums), Steve Khan (guitar),

Marc Antoine (acoustic guitar), Ciro Baptista (percussion)


Composed by Philippe Saisse


Recorded: New York, 1997


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

Ah, the Riviera. Casino-bound continentals alight from limos to win or lose vast fortunes with equal savoir faire. The Riviera, where Coco Chanel opened her villa out of season so that poor, defeated Winston Churchill could write his last, sad memoirs. Where Jean Cocteau drank F. Scott Fitzgerald under the baccarat table, and Brigitte Bardot slapped Joan Collins for calling her well, discretion forbids. Soon we grow weary of Monaco, Nice and Cannes, and motor to Saint-Tropez. Merci, Philippe Saisse, for reminding us with your plush, luxurious musique that the good life goes on. Qui, le Riviera. C'est magnifique.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz


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