Raquel Bitton: Aranjuez, mon amour
Aranjuez, mon amour
Raquel Bitton (vocals)
Boleros (RB 4301-2)
Raquel Bitton (vocals),
Orestes Vilato (bongos, timbales), Jesus Diaz (congas); orchestra conducted by Jim Shallenberger.
Composed by Joaquin Rodrigo with French lyrics by Guy Bontempelli; orchestrated by Bob Holloway.
Recorded: Berkeley, CA
Rating: 82/100 (learn more)
I have to admit that I've always hated the word "chanteuse." I don't know why, but it makes me cringe every time I read it in a review. (Is it used anywhere else?) Well, I'm sort of tempted to use it now. If ever the word fit, it's here. Raquel Bitton is a fine singer who conjures the spirit (and sound) of the great Edith Piaf. All of my high-school French has long since leaked away from my jazz-addled brain, so I have no idea what Bitton is singing. That's OK. I was similarly mesmerized by Piaf.
Reviewer: Mark Saleski