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HENRI SALVADOR

By Paul-Emile Comeau
Published September 9, 2005

Room With A View (Chambre Avec Vue
Blue Note

Although known mostly for his long career in France as a jocular television host, the 84-year-old Henri Salvador has also been very successful with lighthearted novelty songs. This comeback album, however, is a lush collection of mostly new bossa nova songs. Considering that Salvador spent some formative years in Rio de Janeiro in the early ?J40s (before turning briefly into a scat jazz singer), Room With A View is a return to his musical roots. Guest appearances by Toots Thielemans and Francoise Hardy make this album the aural equivalent of a gentle breeze on Copacabana Beach.