Alif Tree ‎– French Cuisine

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Deadly Species 5:29
Belle 3:39
Forgotten Places 4:46
Enough 5:23
My Soul 6:38
L' Amor Nunca Muere 4:05
I Feel Blue 4:48
Rain River 5:27
Les 4 Vents 5:20
Mélismes Extatiques 8:18

Versions (2)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
COMPOST 205-1 Alif Tree French Cuisine(2x12", Album) Compost Records COMPOST 205-1 Germany 2006 Sell This Version
COMPOST 205-2 Alif Tree French Cuisine(CD, Album) Compost Records COMPOST 205-2 Germany 2006 Sell This Version

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scoundrel

scoundrel

October 26, 2015
referencing French Cuisine, CD, Album, COMPOST 205-2

Alif Tree's third album, FRENCH CUISINE, continues his nu-jazz explorations with the slow piano-driven "Deadly Species," with a smoky Nina Simone sample. The nocturnal mood cements itself quite quickly, and before you know it, you're in a lounge somewhere, head nodding along to the tracks. "Belle" gallops along with the Anna Karina's delicate chanson vocals, while the strings of "Enough" are there to sweep you off your feet. "Forgotten Places" brings up to stand-up double-bass jazz with plenty of attitude from a Shirley Horn sample, though "My Soul" slows things down momentarily with a fuzzed out journey into a rainy afternoon looking out a window before the drums and bass come to turn that rain into a thunderstorm. "Rain River" has a more ethnic feel at the start, though its piano chords bring it back in line with the mainstream (not that that bad, mind you). The filtered vocals of "I Feel Blue" are perhaps a bit much for a more traditional track, but it's a minor misstep at best (the same could be said for the slightly aimless "Les 4 Vents"). The aching Spanish vocals of "L' Amor Nunca Muere" quickly clear the air, as does the African kalimba of "Mélismes Extatiques." This is cuisine that you'll want to taste again and again.