Melody Gardot & Philippe Baden Powell

  1. This Foolish Heart Could Love You

(Melody Gardot / Philippe Baden Powell)

  1. What Of Your Eyes
    (Melody Gardot)
  2. Plus Forte Que Nous
    (Francis Lai / Pierre Barouh)
  3. A la tour Eiffel
    (Melody Gardot / Philippe Baden Powell / Jacques Bungert)
  4. Fleurs du dimanche
    (Melody Gardot/ Philippe Baden Powell / Jacques Bungert)
  5. Samba Em Prelúdio (Un jour sans toi)

(Baden Powell de Aquino / Vinicius De Moraes)

  1. Perhaps You’ll Wonder Why
    (Melody Gardot / Philippe Baden Powell)
  2. Recitativo (Instrumental)
    (Philippe Baden Powell)
  3. Ode To Every Man
    (Melody Gardot / Philippe Baden Powell)
  4. Darling Fare Thee Well
    (Melody Gardot)

Melody Gardot – vocals, Philippe Baden Powell – piano & vocals (3, 6)

Sie hat es mal wieder geschafft: das musikalische Chamäleon Melody Gardot hat ein Album aufgenommen, das mit keinem ihrer Vorgänger vergleichbar ist und einem einmal mehr ihr immenses Talent als Sängerin und Songschreiberin vor Augen, bzw. Ohren führt. Nur im Duett mit einem ebenso talentierten Musiker entwickelt sie einen raren musikalischen Sog und poetischen Zauber. Das Album ist eine Oase der Ruhe und musikalischen Konzentration, das den Hörer auf zarte Art zu packen vermag. Als würde sie einem direkt ins Ohr flüstern, singt Gardot hier großartige neue Songs, die einem wie halbvergessene Evergreens erscheinen.

2020 hüllte Melody Gardot ihre Lieder auf dem Erfolgsalbum „Sunset In The Blue“ noch in schimmernde Streicher-Arrangements, 2015 überraschte sie auf „Currency Of Man“ mit rauen, groovenden Songs, die gesellschaftspolitische Themen zur Sprache brachten und die der STERN als „Meilenstein des Pop“ betitelte.

Jetzt, 2022, besinnt sich Melody Gardot der Devise „weniger ist mehr“ und trifft sich zu einem musikalischen Tête-à-Tête mit Pianist und Komponist Philippe Baden Powell, Sohn der im Jahre 2000 verstorbenen brasilianischen Musiklegende Baden Powell de Aquino.

Bis auf einen Titel aus der Feder der französischen Filmmusik-Größe Francis Lai und einen aus der Feder von Philippe Baden Powells berühmtem Vater, stammen alle Titel von Gardot bzw. Gardot/Powell. Dies ist angesichts des hohen musikalischen und textlichen Niveaus eine weitere Überraschung dieses ungewöhnlichen Albums, das mit bittersüßer Melancholie eine natürliche, lebensechte Ausstrahlung besitzt, die in Pop- und Jazz selten geworden ist.



The announcement of Melody Gardot’s new song ‘This Foolish Heart Could Love You’ anticipates the release of her 6th studio album ‘Entre eux deux’, to be released on 20th May on Decca Records. Following the celebrated success of ‘Sunset in the Blue’, which was certified Gold in France, Gardot joins forces with French-born, composer and pianist Philippe Powell (son of Baden Powell) for her first ever studio album in duo.

Offering a unique minimalist approach, the ten-song album is a sparse architectural landscape filled exclusively by piano & voice (tuned to 432hz which is also the tuning used in Gardot’s album ‘Currency of Man’). Notably, it is also the first time that Gardot invited someone to take her usual place at the helm of the piano for the duration of the recording. The entire record features Philippe Powell (who Gardot adoringly calls “The Bill Evans of Brazil”) on keys.

The unique combination of Powell and Gardot’s partnership results in many of the songs sounding as if they have come straight out of the Great American Songbook. The only twist of lime is that at times, these “new standards” offer a Gershwinian nod to what could be otherwise dubbed the “Great French Songbook”, since several titles are in the language of the city where they were conceived (France).

Gardot explains, “If I had to sum up the record in a few words, I’d say this record is a dance between two people who love and value the same things: deep poetry and solid melodies” explains Gardot. “The title ‘Entre eux deux’ (loosely translated as “between us two”) stands true; it is a peek into the world of two artists who just really dig each other…we hope you dig it too”.

 Philippe Powell adds, “This record is the most wonderful gift a pianist-composer could ever dream of. To write and perform in duo with one of the great artists of our time is the greatest musical experience I have ever had. I am profoundly grateful to Melody, for her love, her trust, her guidance, for bringing out the best within me, and for tireless efforts, and countless hours of hard work to produce this beautiful record.”

In these French songs, we find Gardot and Powell in full swing on an original song cleverly dedicated to the Eiffel Tower “mais si l’on cherche une romance encore plus belle, on vas s’embrasser à La Tour Eiffel”. Gardot then touches on a comical play-by-play on how best to deliver flowers to a woman “surtout pas les fleurs Dimanche matin”. Finally, a legendary love story revisited (singing in duo) on “Plus Fort que Nous” from Claude Lelouche’s French cinema classic Un Homme et Une Femme.

The backstory of the album resembles what one could envision as a brief stint at Warhol’s factory. Challenging themselves to create on the clock, these two artists came together for a period of two weeks, writing all hours of the day, sharing melodies, motifs, and lyrics. While original songs were the main objective, paying tribute was also part of the game. Revisiting the legacy of Powell’s father (Brazilian composer/guitarist Baden Powell) these two proudly carry the Franco-Brazilian torch that was lit so many years ago between celebrated artists Pierre Barouh, Vinicius de Moraes, and Baden Powell. This nod to the past is clear to see, while revisiting the title “Samba em Preludio/Un Jour Sans Toi” where Powell and Gardot sing for the second time in duet.

‘Entre eux deux’ is an impeccably crafted collection of songs shining a spotlight on both artists in their lane as composers and performers. Gardot’s mellifluous vocals, Powell’s consummate piano technique and a seemingly telepathic connection between two distinctive musical voices make this record feel like an instant classic.

Sensual, romantic and intimate, the first single ‘This Foolish Heart Could Love You’ arrives alongside a breath-taking video, produced by 24-7 Productions. Directed by rising star, Beki Mari, who has previously worked with the likes of Rita Ora, Glass Animals, Sigrid, Paloma Faith and Sting, the video is curated in partnership with the Musée Rodin (Paris).

The duality of the musicians is cleverly represented in a music video that does not feature the faces of Gardot and Powell, but instead, two new stars: danseuse étoile Marie-Agnès Gillot, along with her male counterpart from L’Opera Garnier, danseur étoile Germain Louvet. Dressed in archive pieces by Japanese Designer Issey Miyake, their movements dash in and out of sunlight from within the walls of the Musée Rodin as they emulate the feeling of that fleeting moment where love just might escape one’s grasp. Choreographed by Marie-Agnès Gillot, the visual piece brings to life the artist August Rodin’s work, as if to ‘flip the switch’ on who is the muse and who is the artist. The dancers draw their inspiration from the sculptures scattered throughout the museum, while their movements pay homage to some of the most celebrated work of Rodin, whose sculptures were often inspired not by models but, in fact, dancers.

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Rosita Falke Media Promotion, Tel: 040 – 413 545 05

Decca / Universal Music
CD 00602445088102 / LP 00602438921508

VÖ: 20.05.2022


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