Wednesday, July 29, 2009

After Hours

Juliette Greco. Les amours perdues

Once more, we have a superb tune written 50 years ago by Serge Gainsbourg. Juliette Greco does the singing chores while looking like a beatnik. She was primarily an actress, but her voice is pleasant in a no-nonsense, straightforward and slightly-husky way. Greco, you might remember, became the love of Miles Davis' life in the early fifties. In fact, I believe that when he lost her once and for all, he turned to smack for comfort. It's your typical boy-meets-girl, boy-loses-girl-because-girl-has-an-acting-career-in-France, boy-turns-to-hard-drugs, boy-kicks-hard-drugs-becomes-a-jazz-legend-and-marries-Cicely-Tyson story. Everybody's been through it.

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