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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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Mike H says …

Claude Monet.

Melissa Dunmore says …

Madeleine Peyroux has long been a favorite of mine. I listened to several of her albums on Tuesday, April 30th for International Jazz Day.

Lydia says …

I have never listed to French music but I would like to!

Pamela Endean says …

Life is a French cabaret and more! Viva la France!

gina morrison says …

Does Carla Bruni count? I love her.

Susanne says …

My recent favorite is Zaz!

Amanda says …

Hyphen Hyphen! From Nice - Love this group!

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Ian Morris says …

Favorite French Bands/Artists are Tryo (especially "Grain de Sable") and Alcest (especially "Souvenirs d'un Autre Monde"

Heidi says …

Zaz! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zaz_(singer)

Roland Jones says …

Serge Gainsbourg! Also Stephane Grapelli!

Silvia R says …

Nana Mouskouri isn't technically French but has become most popular singing in that language. She also happens to sing my favorite French song of all times : Plaisir d'amour. Hope I win!

Linda says …

Debussy, Chopin, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Piaf, Carla Bruni...

Ed Vigneau says …

Always enjoy the "Little Sparrow" Piaf.

Glenda Callahan says …

Edith Piaf is my favorite French singer. I love her music, and often play "La Vie en Rose". By the way, I love the music that Putumayo releases. Please keep the CDs coming!

Sarah Leslie says …

Édith Piaf is CLASSIC French music, absolutely beautiful!

Diana Smith Hill says …

I don't have aone particulat favorite french artist, huge Jazz lover though!

Roxann Ruben says …

This CD sounds wonderful - going to visit a French family this summer and would enjoy listening to it before we go and then sharing it with them when we get there!

Rosé Sullivan says …

Edith Piaf has been my favorite for MORE than 50 years. I have almost 86 years.

dee agos says …

Love that music. It really lifts the mood

George Casson says …

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Yas N says …

I would state Erik Satie as my top French artist at the moment. His pieces have beautiful and distinct melodies.

Julie Warren says …

Serge Gainsbourg has a voice I love to hear.

Brenda Walsh says …

Love Mireille Mattieu (reminds me of Paris...)

Renee Ackel says …

I am a big fan Putamayo music. Edith Piaf would be my favorite singer from France. Not ooh-la-la but she touches my soul.

Kathy D says …

I'm ready to try something new!

Tricia says …

Georges Bizet

Tiffany Z. says …

I can see myself listening to this CD. WITH a nice glass of wine!!! Aaaahhhh! Ooh-La-La, La-la-la-la-la

JEANNE MARIE CHARLEBOIS says …

"Parlez-Moi d'Amour" - Lucienne Boyer (1930)

COnnie gatlin says …

Ohhh-la-la.....have to say I love Edith Piaf.

Kristen says …

I love Ours!!

jackie morris says …

the eiflel tower in las vegas!

Robin says …

My 14 year old son is studying French and loves all things francais!

Bernice says …

I would love to win this cd so I can give it to my Dance class instructor.

Diana Smith Hill says …

I love jazz! I do not have a french artist that I listen too though, certainly willing to expand my horizons! There is a very old vinyl albulm called Holy cats, that is great Jazz!

Madison Sesco says …

I am ahuge fan of French Music, and I have a lot of you french CDs and I love them.

Erica says …

Madeleine peyroux!!

Alexandra says …

Coeur de pirate! Sweet yet pop-y and artistically dreamy.

gabriel michael says …

Charles Aznavour is the most amazing French singer and composer. J'adore Aznavour!!

Jill Dawson says …

I love Francis Cabrel. Especially the song "Je t'aimais, je t'aime et je t'aimerai" It takes me back to when I fell in love with French culture. A time when dreams of Paris were an escape from the sadness I felt at that time in my life.

Rena Cuno says …

Brigitte Bardot is a favorite of mine

LIzzM says …

My favorit French artist is Camille; she is classic but vibrantly edgy at the same time since she uses her vocal styling as another instrument to layer into her songs with unique human beat boxing!

Swan says …

Old: Edith Piaf New: Vanessa Paradis

Taysa Talbi says …

I fell in love with my husband and the music of Georges Moustaki at the same time 34 years ago in Paris . It all began in a Parisian Cafe with a strawberry tart.

Kathryn says …

Edith Piaf is my favorite

Kiah says …

Love Zaz!

Cindy Wyckoff says …

To come home after a long day to your husband having Madeleine Peyroux singing in the background cooking you and your children dinner makes for an easy choice of who my current favorite French artist is!

Anna says …

Pierre Bachelet - C'est bon!

Emory says …

French music is best listened to in France, but anywhere else if one can't be there. I also love Cajun French music.

Anthony Serra says …

Bon jour! My favorite French artist is Monet. My favorite French musical artist is Alizée. Mercí

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