S IS FOR ST GERMAIN

Although best known for late 90s Jazzy house, Ludovic Navarre’s house roots go back to the early days of French House though his work for F Comm.

One of the few producers to pursue a real fusion of jazz and house music, Frenchman Ludovic Navarre began recording in the early ’90s using various aliases (Subsystem, Modus Vivendi, Deepside) for a range of French imprints. St. Germain debuted in 1994 for Laurent Garnier’s F Communications label and Navarre released his first album, Boulevard, in 1996. Featuring trumpeter Pascal Ohse, the album worked as a hybrid of American R&B and jazz with the growing French house scene exemplified by Garnier, la Funk Mob, and Dimitri From Paris. Tourist took the concept further with Navarre working post-production on a fuller complement of musicians and earned release on Blue Note. Navarre has also remixed such varying artists as Björk, Pierre Henry, and the Suburban Knight. ~ John Bush, All Music Guide

His best known jazzy track and then a selection of early work:

St Germain – Rose Rouge (Blazer Shelter Long Mix)  

St Germain – Deep In It  

St Germain – Alabama Blues (Todd Edwards Dub Mix)  

St Germain – Dub Experience  

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~ by acidted on November 29, 2009.

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