Lucien Ginsburg (1928-1991) started as a rebellious jazz musician and crooner in Paris nightclubs, evolving into the widely known performer and provocateur Serge Gainsbourg. His songs, permeated with humour, erotism, subversion and wordplay, have made him one of the most influential performers in the world. Brussels Jazz Orchestra will present a tribute to this icon of French music, together with the French singer Camille Bertault. Original songs by the mythical Gainsbourg served as the basis for new BJO arrangements.
Serge Gainsbourg is a figure who still inspires, fascinates, triggers and provokes. For this project, 12 songs by Gainsbourg were arranged by (friends of) BJO musicians, including the classics 'Je suis venu te dire que je m'en vais' and 'Couleur Café'. Brussels Jazz Orchestra was inspired by Gainsbourg's original songs, his much-discussed personality and the unparalleled influence he had on French music as a musical chameleon (with roots in jazz). This project leaves plenty of room for improvisation and does not shy away from elaborate arrangements.
Rising star in jazz
The French singer Camille Bertault moves impressively and sensually over the musical playing field, between jazz, chanson and humour, making her the dream soloist to interpret Gainsbourg’s work with vocal virtuosity and enticing subtlety.
After the world was introduced to Bertault’s enchanting jazz talent in 2015 when she scatted along to John Coltrane’s ‘Giant Steps’ in a Facebook video, the albums ‘En vie’ (2016), ‘Pas de Géant’ (2018), ‘Le Tigre’ (2020) and ‘Playground’ (2022) with David Helbock followed. In between recordings she toured through Europe, the United States, Canada, Asia and Brazil.
“If you like words and naughtiness, you can't help but love Gainsbourg. I am very happy to have been asked for this project, which is not an obvious one: singing Gainsbourg with a big band and beautiful arrangements, and that as a woman. A fantastic challenge!” - Camille Bertault
Gainsbourg is a remarkable approach to the oeuvre of a versatile artist, impossible to categorize but always fresh and passionate.
Release album Gainsbourg
The album Gainsbourg is now available to listen to on all digital streaming platforms (watch the teaser at the bottom of this page). Brussels Jazz Orchestra Records made the album available on Apple Music, Spotify, deezer, TikTok and Amazon Music. From early 2023, the CD will be available for purchase via our webshop.
After finishing the jazz programme at the Paris conservatoire, Camille Bertault (b. 1986) released her first recording ‘En Vie’ in 2016 with the New York label Sunnyside Records. The mix of her own songs and interpretations (including Wayne Shorter’s ‘Infant Eyes’) was praised by the international jazz press, and her second album ‘Pas de Géant’ on Sony Masterworks was also enthusiastically received. Bertault is establishing a reputation as a rising star in jazz.