And I start of with an Artist pretty much unkown to most people. It's "St. Germain" from France. Ludovic Navarr, was born Saint-Germain-en-Laye, hence the name St. Germain, in the year 1973. He released only 3 Albums in 16 years.
The first being "Boulevard" released in 1995. It's dance oriented Acid Jazz House. If you realy need to give it a name. It was recorded with 5 "real instrument playing" guys. Namely:
Aleandre Destrez on the Piano
Pascal Ohsé on the Trumpet
Édouard Labor on the Saxophone
Malik on the Flute
and Miguel Rios with the Percussion
But Navarr did all the sound engineering, writing and producing.
In my opinion is this not the best album by St. Germain but still very good. My favourite song of this Album: "Dub Experience II".
In 1999, Navarr released the Album "From Detroit to St. Germain". But this time not under the name of "St. Germain" but under his own. The quality of the music did not suffer at all. So many good songs on one CD it's just incredible. Wich one the best is is hard to tell and depends also on your mood. Always good though is "Soul Salsa Soul". I'll just link it here and you'll get the picture. Especially the last part of the song rocks.
We go on to the next hitalbum, "Tourist" puplished in 2000. Jazz house over one hour length. To the personnel of "Boulevard" came:
Idrissa Diop with the Talking drum
Edmundo Carneiro - Percussion
Claudio De Qeiroz and - Baritone saxophone
Espacily I want to name Edouard Labor did an awesome job with the Flute in the song "So Flute". Wich is my favorite of this Album. A pure Fluteorgasm. Just listen to this: