Island Mele: L ‘Escargot honors Piaf

Aug. 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

REVIEW BY JOHN BERGER / jberger@staradvertiser.com

Edith Piaf (1915-1963) is widely regarded as one of the greatest France vocalists of the 20th century. L ‘Escargot — Mimi Hafele, Duane Padilla and Pierre Grill — celebrate her birth centennial with this economically packaged 12-song CD.

‘SOIREE EDITH PIAF’

L ‘Escargot (Rendez-Vous Recording)

The trio is including all of Piaf’s best known songs — “Non, je ne regrette rein,” “Milord,” “La Vie en rose,” “”Hymne à l’amour,” “l’Accordéoniste” and “La Foule” among them (To learn more about Piaf’s place in 20th century French music go to Wikipedia.com).

Hafele is a French born native speaker whose voice evokes images of Paif with her interpretation of these French classics (Grill, a Hoku Award-winning record producer who plays piano, accordion and bass, is also a native speaker but doesn’t sing). Padilla’s work on violin and acoustic guitar gives L ‘Escargot’s arrangements the “Gypsy jazz” ambiance popularized by Franco-Romani jazz guitarist Django Reinhard in Paris in the 1930s around the time Piaf made her debut.

Visit www.pierregrillmusic.com for more information.

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John Berger has been a mainstay in the local entertainment scene for more than 40 years. Contact him via email at jberger@staradvertiser.com.

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