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Putumayo Presents Vintage France

Vintage FranceRead on for a chance to win a CD set of Putumayo’s best-selling French collection, available in most Whole Foods Market Stores. Dan Storper is the CEO and founder of Putumayo World Music. UPDATE: Thanks to everyone that entered. Congratulations to our randomly chosen winner, Nicole!

Though echoing the past, Putumayo proves how alive and hip classic French chanson remains in its latest release, Vintage France. Several generations of musicians continue to find inspiration in tunes that were first popularized in the early to mid-1900s and have withstood the test of time.

On Vintage France, sultry songstresses such as the iconic Juliette Gréco (singing the Belle Époque beauty “La Valse Brune”) and Madeleine Peyroux (with a cheeky renewal of Serge Gainsbourg’s “La Javanaise”) join newcomers Francesca Blanchard (“Sous le Ciel de Paris”) and Dutch jazz harmonica whiz Martijn Luttmer (“Les Parapluies de Cherbourg”). Old master Norbert Slama’s swinging “Nany,” is full of Gypsy jazz energy and retro warmth, and demonstrates the connection between Paris of the 1940s when Slama first performed, and the vibrant French music scene of today.

This harmonious collection has deep roots. From the outdoor guingette dances where the waltzing musette instrumentals of early French popular music began, to the cabarets where Édith Piaf, Maurice Chevalier and other legends entertained a country struggling with the recovery from World War II. Over the last 100 years, the French chanson tradition has undergone a process of evolution, yet retained an inimitable charm.

The musicians featured on this collection, such as Slama, have kept the tradition of rich harmonization and rhythmic nuance alive while evolving the sound for today’s listeners. This open-minded evolution is captured on the interpretations of classic songs on Vintage France.

Fans of Édith Piaf and Serge Gainsbourg, or new listeners looking for an introduction to France’s classic gems, will find exactly what they are looking for on Vintage France.

Does French music make you go ooh-la-la? Share your favorite French artist in the comments below by May 15 for a chance to win a CD set of Putumayo’s best-selling French collection, including Vintage France, French Café, Paris and French Playground.

The fine print: No purchase necessary. Promotion ends May 15, 2013, 11:59 PM CDT. Must be a legal resident of the US or Canada (except in Quebec, where it is void) age 18 or older to participate. Taxes on prize, if applicable, are the responsibility of the winner. Employees of Whole Foods Market, Inc., are not eligible. Void where prohibited.

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Dr. Ronald E. Siatkowski says …

If you like Edith Piak give Frehel a try.

Angela says …

Barbara

Gary Crispens says …

I like Norbert Slama's old school music !!!

raluca berger says …

My favorite French artist is: Margaux Avril!

Jo Anne Zito says …

Well, I know the amazing Django Reinhardt wasn't born in France but he grew up there and is known for his French "hot" music and is one of my most favorite performers of not only French music but jazz music in general.

Brenda Lugo says …

Favorite French composer is Michel LeGrande (Les Parapluies de Cherbourg). Also enjoyed Gypsy music in South of France which I was fortunate to hear in person.

Lynn says …

Juliette Katz

Jean Pulley says …

We love listening to your French Cafe songs and look forward to winning/ hearing this CD, also.

Anne W. says …

I have always liked Françoise Hardy. Also Charles Aznavour!

Patricia Grover says …

My favorit is Norbert Slama.

karen spector says …

My favorite French Artist is Martijn Luttmer.

Virginia Prouse says …

I love French music. I studied French in high school and was introduced to the music of 60 French girls, which I got as a Christmas gift. After playing this album so often it became a tradition in our home at Christmas to listen to the 60 French girls. That music is very uplifting and I love it. Would love to win this CD and be introduced to more enjoyable French music.

S.Jensen says …

So cool!

Lynn Batten says …

The jazz music in the Marais area of Paris is great! Any little club is bound to provide you with wonderful musicians.

Sue Mikell says …

I love the soundtrack from "Les Choristes" by Bruno Coulais. Beautiful movie, beautiful music.

Jamie Mackey says …

Django Reinhardt

Julie Colibri says …

I love world music--and would appreciate the opportunity to listen to French musicians/singers. Putumayo rocks.......

john j. casablanca says …

The French artists that you mention are truly great and have a place in the world with regards to French music. However, there is one outstanding performer who has done more for bringing French music to the world and he is Charles Aznavour. He brings the old classics and modern French with the old ballads and love songs.

Steve Bazan says …

Serge Gainsbourg is one of my many french favorites! Thanks.

Marsha says …

Edith Piaf

Kelly says …

I discovered Vanessa Paradis when I was a student in France. She has such a unique quality to her voice!

William Walker says …

The French songs create a romantic ambiance which is unmatched!

Lori Gleason says …

I would like to try something new.

Margaret says …

Madeleine Peyroux is effortlessly wonderful

Jennifer London says …

The French do some things well, and their folk combined with our jazz is fantastique! Django Reinhardt probably best epitomizes that mix (along with a little gypsy flavor of course).

Brenda says …

Carla Bruni

SANDRA BUJNO says …

Maurice Chevalier....there is no match for this ever endearing romantic Frenchman!

Darlene says …

I have been dreaming of visiting France and Paris for a long time! I would love to win this CD to help while I save to get there.

Robyn says …

I love Madeleine Peyroux! I'm sure she did a great rendition of "La Javanaise". As a student of french with an upcoming vacation to the south of France, I am feeling ooh-la-la!

Lauren says …

Henri Padovani

Chris Reid says …

Hard to chose just one French artist. All are beautiful.

Amy Aukema says …

When I was a little girl, my parents got me a record "50 French Girls Sing". It was my favorite record--I wore it out, playing it and singing along! Once I even brought it to show and tell at school, and all the other kids laughed... but I didn't care... it was still my favorite! I love the Putomayo CDs, and would love to win this set!

Linda Fordham says …

I love Coralie Clemente. Found her on movie soundtrack and couldn't resist searching for more of her.

Daphne Robinson says …

Daphne

Carmen Sanabria says …

Would love to win. Part of my bucket list is to visit France, sit in a cafe and people watch.

Liz says …

The inimitable Maurice Chevalier!

Heather-Jean Tsang says …

Edith Piaf, as you actually feel her pain and happiness in her singing. She can touch the heart and soul in a very special way.

andrew says …

edith piaf

Liz says …

The inimitable Maurice Chevalier!

Michelle says …

Charlotte Gainsbourg

evelyn says …

Love world music. Love all music Putamayo. Will love to be familiar with vintage French music..

laura says …

Bonjour!

Naomi says …

Edith Piaf has such a lovely voice!

Tina Reeves says …

I have to say that I really do like Edith Piaf. I took a course about her and her life a number of years ago and enjoyed seeing a film of her and having a singer come and sing her songs in her style.

Jennifer says …

Love Coralie Clement!!

Kerrie McLean says …

My favorite is the soundtrack to 'Les triplettes de Belleville'.

Mary Ann says …

Edith Piaf

Lydia Ramirez says …

I love French music!! reminds me of my trip to Provence!!!! The beautiful lavender...... Juliette Greco....ohlala

Vicky says …

My favorite French singer is Edith Piaf.

Lisa says …

I don't know specific names aside from Madeleine Peyroux but it's all good, either there or here! It's that feeling of being somewhere else that you can almost smell if you close your eyes and listen and breathe.

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