Saturday, January 23, 2010


"Didier Sustrac is now one of the best ambassadors of Brazilian music in France."

"Charming romanticism combined here with a gentle and warm voice and beautiful melodies. His music is a unique and particular mix of bossa nova, latin american rhythms and modern French chanson"

Jazz Pop, Bossa Nova, Lounge



Didier Sustrac - Guitar, Vocals
Viatcheslav Beriaguine - Bass (tracks 01, 03, 04, 06, 09)
Francis M’Bappé ( - Bass (track 07)
Philippe Slominski ( - Flugelhorn (tracks 01,09)
Malik Fettis - Saxophone (track 03)
Alain Pewzner (from Martin Circus, see: - Arrangements and Programmed,Keyboards (track 01), Piano (tracks 02, 06), Guitar (track 04), Back. Vocal (tracks 07, 09), Arrangements cordes (tracks 03, 05, 10, 12)
Back. Vocal - Fabienne Nastorg (tracks 01, 04, 07), Florence Gnimagnon ( (tracks 01, 04, 07), Varda Kakon (tracks 01, 04, 07, 09)

Voix du monde (voices of the world) “Dalai lama” :
Francis M’Bappé (see above): “douala pygin”
Viatcheslav Beriaguine (see above) :“russe”
Nhu Mai Congtangton : “vietnamien”
Pol Serge ( “esperanto”
Claps “Dalai lama” : Didier Sustrac , Alain Pewzner, Francis M’Bappé, Fabie, Varda

Texts and Music - Didier Sustrac except “Woman’ s land” (D. Sustrac / D. Sustrac - C. Taurines), “Zanzibar” (D. Sustrac / D. Sustrac - A. Pewzner)
Recorded and Mixed by Patrice Kung ( and Vincent Le Floch, in the "studio de la Grande Armée".
Executive Producer - Varda Kakon (
Photography - Michel Sedan (

"Tout seul"


01 Tout Seul
02 I'm Not The One

03 Les Amoureux
04 Le Loup
05 En Secret
06 On S'en Va
07 Dalai Lama
08 Priere Amoureuse
09 A La Folie
10 Woman's Land
11 Une Étoile
12 Zanzibar

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One thing before my review is being launched. Strange to say, but there is no English review available for Susutrac's albums. So i had to put some for every CDs just to spread the word.
This was the first album of Didier. What more should i say? It is an exemplary work. One suggestion only: close your eyes and let him to dandle you by the dreamy relaxing waves of his fascinating music:)

French review:

"Cet artiste mele avec bonheur bossa nova et chanson française. Certaines gaies, certaines plus mélancoliques. Bons textes, orchestration accoustique. Un régal pour les amateurs."


Didier Sustrac - Guitar, Vocals
Marcio Faraco ( - Guitare (tracks 02, 06), Sitar (track 02), Voice (track 02)
Marc Bertaux (currently plays with Tania Maria, see: - Bass (track 01, Contrabass (tracks 03, 08, 12)
Thierry Fanfant ( - Bass (tracks 05, 06, 09, 11, 13)
Jean-Philippe Fanfant ( - Drums (tracks 05, 06, 08, 09, 11, 13)
Tupinago (band)* - Percussions (tracks 01, 03, 05, 13)
Christian Paoli - Percussions (tracks 02, 06, 07, 08, 11, 12)
Vincent Turquoiz ( - Flute (track 01), Sax (tracks 01, 03, 05, 09, 11)
Eric Mula ( Trumpet (tracks 01, 03, 05, 09, 11)
Christian Fourquet (currently plays with Jayminho Moreira, see: - Trombone (tracks 01, 03, 05, 09, 11)
Alain Pewzner (see first album) Piano (tracks 01, 09, 11, 12, 13), programmations (track 03), Drums (track 03), Keyboards (tracks 04, 07), Back. Vocal (tracks 05, 13), Guitar (track 07), Whistling (track 10)
Daniel Mille ( - Bandonéon (track 04), Accordeon (track 08)
Eric Bijon ( - Accordeon (track 06)
Diabolo ( - Harmonica (tracks 05, 09)
Back. Vocal - Cathy Renoir ( (tracks 01, 03), Maryline Marolany (tracks 01, 03), Varda (see first album) (tracks 01, 03, 05, 06, 09, 11, 13), Akiba Belinga (tracks 05, 06, 09, 11, 13),
Isabelle Gonzales (tracks 05, 13), Katia Constantin (tracks 05, 13), Eric Nolot ( (tracks 06, 9, 11)
Voice - Varda (see firdt album)(track 12), Régina Celia ( (track 05)
Strings Cordes (Violin, Viola, Cello) - Anne Gaël Bisquay (from Tetes Raides,see:, Jean-Paul Minalli Bella ( and, Constantin Bobesco ( (track 12)

*Tupinago (Tupi Nago, see: is: Marcos China-Fustagno, José Gilberto, Sylvano Micchelino (, Christophe de Oliveira (, Christian Paoli (, Rayala, Goncalves dos Santos

Recorded and Mixed by Patrice Kung (see first album) studio VK production et Davout, mixage studio Marcadet
Mastering - André Périllat a Top Master
Text and Music by Didier Sustrac except “Ad libitum” (D. Sustrac - Régina Celia / D. Sustrac), “Je sais bien” (D. Sustrac d’ apres Tessa Radjine / Marcio Faraco)
Photos - Michel Sedan (see first album)
Arrangements - Alain Pewzner (see first album)/ Executive Producer - Varda Kakon (see first album)

"Comme Les Animaux"


01 Comme Les Animaux
02 Rue Du Paradis

03 Mauvais Garcon
04 Ma Peau Contre Ta Peau
05 Ad Libitum
06 Dieu Sait
07 Andalousie
08 Les Marins, Les Bateaux
09 Cést Ca La Vie!
10 Dire
11 Jules
12 Je Sais Bien
13 Heureux

14 Didier Sustrac/Chico Buarque - Ca Sert A Quoi? (1997)
15 Michel Fugain - Jusqu'a Demain Peut-Etre (duet with Didier Sustrac) 1996

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This was the first album i have ever heard from Sustrac, and since then, this is also my favourite.
A gem, a kind of heaven to me. Even the cover suggests perfectly what you can expect. The whole CD is very cheery and sunny but there are some beautiful slow songs where Didier express his deep nostalgic, dreamy and melancholic feelings in a very particular way ("Andalousie" or in his pairs "Ma Peau Contre Ta Peau" and "Dire"). For example in "Ma Peau Contre Ta Peau" there are only a continuous deep synth sound so, sooo far in the backgroung waving beautifully but faintly Didier's emotionful vocal with that nostalgic piano accordeon crying beautifully..
But there is always even in this melancholy a nice portion of smile. If you have ever been to the charming Grasse which is a small town near the Cote D'azur and the bornplace of Sustrac, then you will understand how can he play such a wonderful music.
Heinrich Heine (1799-1856, see:, the German romantic genius has a nice poem called "The Sea Hath Its Pearls". Well, Grasse (anyway is the world capital of parfume!, see: also hath its pearl, who is not othet than Didier Sustrac.
His warm and silky melodies spreading from his pure mediterranean soul and wafting along by the breeze of poetism to take us somewhere close to the shining heaven...
With the words of Heine:

"My heart, and the sea and the heaven
Are melting away with love!"

This would be a kind of summary what i feel when im listening to him. Thank you Didier to let us entering into your wonderful world. (saltyka)


Didier Sustrac - Guitar, Vocal
Alain Pewzner (see first album) - Guitar (tracks 02, 07, 08, 09), Programming (tracks 03, 06, 07, 10)
Nicolas Neidhart - Programming (tracks 02, 05)
Jean-Michel Kajdan - Guitar solo “Loin”
Pascal Danaé - Créole Voice “Les betes a bon dieu”
Luis Manrésa - Cuban Voice “Chanteur d’ ascenseur”
Christina Ventura - Brasil Voice “Trois zéro”
Eric Mula (see first album)- Bugle (tracks 07, 08), Trumpet (track 08)
Sylvain Pauchard - Moog (track 07)
Vincent Turquoiz (see second album) - Flute (track 08)
Jean Dindinaud - cratchs (track 09)

Back. Vocals: Alain Pewzner (see first album), Bruno Edjenguele, Didier Sustrac, James Ténor, Sylvain Pauchard, Varda (see first album)

Horns Cuivres (9) : Eric Mula (see second album) - Bugle and Trumpet/ Jean-Marc Welch (also played with Toure Kunda) - Trombone/ Vincent Turquoiz (see second album) - Sax and Flute

Strings (Violin, Viola, Cello):
Anne Gravoin ( - Viola and Violin solo :
Violin - Hélene Blazy ( [page 9.] and, Arnaud Nuvolone (, Annie Morel, Françoise Perrin (, Florent Brannens (, Simona Moise (
Alto - Fanny Coupe, Benoît Marin.
Cello - Mathilde Sternat (, Jean-Claude Auclin ( and
Contre-bass - Vincent Pasquier (

Text and Music by Didier Sustrac except: “Les chansons des amants” and “Sur le trottoir d’en face” (Didier Sustrac / Didier Sustrac - Marcio Faraco), “Trois zéro” (D. Sustrac - C. Ventura / D. Sustrac sur un arrangement de “La marseillaise”)
Photo - Michel Sedan (see first album)
Realisation - Alain Pewzner(see first album)
Arrangements - Sylvain Pauchard ( (01, 04, 08, 10, 11), Jean Dindinaud ( (tracks 02, 05), Alain Pewzner (tracks 03, 07, 09, 11), Didier Sustrac (tracks 03, 07, 09)
String Arrangements - Philippe Briche (tracks 01, 03, 04, 06)

Recorded at studio VK production by Alain Pewzner (see first album) . Strings recorded by Patrice Kung at studio Méga.
Mixed at studio VK production by Patrice Kung (see first album)
Mastering - Tony Cousins ( at Métropolis

"Les betes a Bon Dieu"


01 C'est pas la peine
02 On ne sait rien
03 Les filles en meres
04 Loin
05 Les betes a Bon Dieu
06 La chanson des amants
07 Le bonheur en soi
08 Il faut voir
09 Chanteur d'ascenseur
10 Sur le trottoir d'en face
11 Soleil amigo
12 Trois zéro


two songs from Marcio Faraco - Ciranda (2000) [Didier Sustrack (Backing Vocals)]:
13 Baile de máscaras
14 Nostalgia (co-written by Didier Sustrac)

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After four years of silence, Didier came back in his best form with a nice and coulourful album inspired by his travellings in South America. He combined here again the rhythms of different styles like mambo, bossa nova, groove, folk jazz and latin ia a marvelous way.

Though it didn't get as good critics as his former albums (just wonder why?), but hey, for the sake of God! I wouldn't left by no means some wonderful masterpieces from any compilation when im travellings by my car! (tracks 01, 04, 06, 08-12).
And as usual the musicians play in the same gentle way as Didier sings, adjusting for his soulful music wonderfully.
Especially girls those who will love his music. As my girlfriend says "yes his honey voice always holds a kind of charming sensuality which can totally encahnt you.":)

Anyway if you are a romantic type but you are still not familar with contemporary French music, then there is something imnportant missing from yor life. There are many artists there who express himself/herself in a romantic way. So i warmly recommend to you to listen to such artists like Alain Chamfort, Alain Souchon, Maxime Le Forestier and so on.

One more thing to talk about. I read in a review (see below) that Sutrac expressed (if i understand well) his criticism on "the dirty money of Monaco" in his song "On Ne Sait Rien". So he also has a side is sensitive for social problems and politics, though his criticism shows itself in a very soft way. I mean i don't speak French (just a very little), and this song seemed to me a happy sunny melodie ala an after-dinner siesta somewhere on the beach under a beach umbrella:) (saltyka)

More reviews:

"This album is without creativity. Didier Sustrac enchanted me by his first 2 albums, but it is disappoints me. BUT do not throw the baby with the water of the bath. This artist has a new alabum "Matiere Premiere" where he again shows his creativity with his fresh and soft style. To me it is a reassuring thing, and i can see the evolution of his music in the right direction"

"Perhaps the best work of him, the whole album is pretty good from the first song till the last one without a boring moment. It is a pity that you can listen him on the radio not too often"

"His third album is a little gem where bossa nova, and samba reagge run nicely together with the elegant poems of a worthy poet. This CD reaches that kind of high-standard what you could hear on his former albums, so bravo Didier, go on with it!"

French reviews (you can translate them with this online translater program:

Ces cinq années de silence (depuis son célebre Blues indigo) ont valu a Didier Sustrac un retour tout en douceur. 12 titres colorent cet album aux saveurs exotiques et épicées inspiré de ses vagabondages a travers le Vénézuela, les Antilles, le Brésil et le grand Sud américain. Chanteur d'ascenseur porte les traces évidentes de ces influences et nous initie aux rythmes du mambo, de la bossa nova, du groove ou du folk jazz et latin. Les images et les histoires explorent ça et la des terres inconnues. Et l'on se laisse volontiers porter par la sensualité suave de "La Chanson des amants" ou enivrer par le pétillant "Chanteur d'ascenseur". Voix timide et charmeuse qui rappelle celle d'Alain Chamfort ("C'est pas la peine") ou de Polo ("Le Bonheur en soi"), Didier Sustrac nous convie a partager son univers fait d'amour, de voyages, et de poésie. A noter cette étonnante derniere plage ("Trois zéro"), un duo franco-brésilien avec Christina Ventura sur un arrangement de "La Marseillaise". Un rayon de soleil dans une "cédétheque". --Valérie Dupouy

La bonne nouvelle que voila : le doux aventurier de la chanson est de retour ! Apres deux albums (Zanzibar en 1993 et Blues Indigo en 1995), dont on retient essentiellement le tube Tout seul, Didier Sustrac revient au meilleur de sa forme, avec un nouvel opus réalisé par Alain Pewzner (Martin Circus), toujours produit par Varda Kakon (D. Brillant), marketé par Marc Lumbroso (qui soutient l'artiste depuis 1993) et bourré de trouvailles poétiques et de sonorités des plus séduisantes. Pour cette renaissance, le troubadour a la voix de miel s'est un peu – mais pas trop – détaché des influences traditionnelles sud- américaines qui faisaient sa griffe, pour explorer les rives d'un groove sensuel et s'ouvrir a des rythmiques plus funky ou soul. Toujours aussi reveur et décontracté, le jeune quadragénaire n'en a pas moins gardé les yeux grands ouverts sur le monde qui l'entoure. Chacune des plages de son territoire musical tres ensoleillé témoigne de son ironie, de son sens de l'autodérision comme de son extreme lucidité : de l'amusant "Chanteur d'ascenseur" (une véritable leçon d'humilité aux chanteurs atteints de "grosse tete"), a un "On ne sait rien" joliment ficelé et qui, l'air de rien, dénonce l'argent sale de Monaco ou encore la fracture sociale. Ce qui ne l'empeche pas de déployer aussi de généreuses vagues de tendresse (cf. "Les Filles en mere"). Bref, en toutes circonstances, Sustrac semble avoir choisi la méthode douce. Dans ce monde de brutes qu'est le nôtre, qui s'en plaindrait ? --E.C.

More French reviews:


Didier Sustrac - Vocals, Folk Guitar, Tenor Guitar, Violao, Back. Vocal
Lionel Gaget ( and - Piano (tracks 02, 05, 06, 09), Fender Piano (track 03), Melodica (track 01), Accordeon (track 01), Kalimba (track 06), Drums (track 08), Percussions (track 12), Programming (tracks 01, 02, 03, 04, 06, 07, 08, 9, 11, 12), Back. Vocals (tracks 01, 07), Vocal (track 07)
Carlos Werneck ( - Cavaquinho (tracks 01, 07, 12), Bass (track 07)
Vincent Turquoiz (see the first album) - Clarinet (track 03)
Strings - Anne Gravoin (see third album), Arnaud Nuvolone (see third album), Jean-Claude Auclin (see third album), Christophe Gaugué (,2.html) (tracks 02, 05, 06)
Jean-Claude Auclin (see third album) - Violincello (track 10)
Claude Nougaro ( - Vocal on “Cogne”
Back.Vocals - Oumou (tracks 01, 07), Mariana (tracks 01, 07), Sandrine Loegel (track 02)
Raphaël Alazraki (member of "Ok Fred", see: - Chuchotements (track 11)
Text and Music by Didier Sustrac except “L’enfant seul” : Lionel Gaget

Recorded by Philippe Brun at Studio Mrs Jones, Manu Payet and Ludovic Palabaud at Studio Acousti, Lionel Gaget and Didier Sustrac at Studio Zanzibar Land
Mixed by Philippe Brun at Studio Bois & Charbon
Mastering - Yves Delaunay chez Dyam (

Photography and graphic - Damien Bellon (
Executive Producer - Didier Sustrac
Réalisation - Lionel Gaget
Arrangements - Lionel Gaget except “C’est du vent” : Lionel Gaget and Didier Sustrac
Ecriture and String Arrangement - Lionel Gaget



01 Ma case amochée
02 Il suffirait

03 C'est du vent
04 Dictateur
05 L'enfant seul (instrumental)
06 Cogne (duo with Claude Nougaro)
07 Haiti
08 Ze fish
09 Go
10 Vu de la haut
11 Les miss
12 Au pas

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If somebody missed the well known sound of Didier from the former album, then this CD won't disappoint them. It is a kind of resumption of his second 1995 album with such highlights as "Ma case amochée", "C'est du vent", "Haiti" (it sounds so happy as it would had recorded during carnival time), "Go" (with its nice jazzy piano), "Il Suffirait" (sounds like when Chris Rea plays in a slower, more acoustic way his famous On The Beach song) or the midday-summer-dream "Au Pas" with the sounds of waves in the background, and the heavenly-fair duet "Cogne" with Claude Nougaro (one of the biggest name in French pop music). I have to mention here Michael Franks as this song fits full well with his style. All in all, he made again something is beyond all praise. (saltyka)


Didier Sustrac - Vocal, Nylon Guitar (tracks 01-08, 10), Tenor Guitar (tracks 01, 02, 04, 07, 08), Guitar (track 09), Back.Vocal (track 09)
Carlos Werneck (see fourth album) - Cavaquinho (tracks 01, 03, 09), Nylon Guitar (track 03), Caixa de Mao (track 03), Violao (track 09), Tenor Guitar (track 09), Back. Vocal (track 03)
Roger Thomas - Bass (tracks 01-05, 08, 09)
Benoît Carré (member of Lilicub, see: - Banjo (tracks 01, 02)
Lionel Gaget (see fourth album) - Drums (tracks 01-09), Guitare Slide (track 04), Xylophone (track 04), Programming (tracks 04, 07-09), Fender (track 05), Percussions (tracks 05, 07), Piano (tracks 06, 07), Vibraphone (track 06), Back. Vocal (tracks 03, 09)
Tamima - Caixa de Mao (track 01), Pandeiro (tracks 03, 09), Tamborim (track 03)
Leo - Surdo (track 01), Ganza (track 03), Congas (tracks 03, 05)
Nailson ( - Pandeiro de Nylon (track 01), Surdo (track 03), Reco (track 03), Repique de Mao (track 09), Tantan (track 09)
Sergio de Jesus (currently plays with Celso Fonseca, see: - Trombone (tracks 01-03, 05, 08, 09, 11)
Aldivas Ayres ( - Trombone (tracks 05, 09, 11)
Jessé Sadock ( - Trombone (tracks 05, 11), Trumpet (tracks 08, 09)
Bocao ( - Bass Trombone (track 3)
Eliezer Rodrigues ( and - Tuba (tracks 01-03, 05, 07-09)
Christiano Alves ( and - Clarinet (tracks 01, 07)
Flavio Melo (,,925386,00.html) - Trumpet (tracks 08, 09, 11)
Philip Doyle - Trumpet horn (track 05)
Fernando Zanetti - Tuba stack (track 05)
Marcello Martins ( - Flute (tracks 05, 08), Ten.Sax (track 09)
Carlos Malta ( Bariton Sax (track 09)
Roméo Chaley - Folk Guitar (track 02)
Sandrine Loegel - Additional Vocal (track 02)
Back.Vocal - Christina Ventura (tracks 03, 09), Katia Werneck ( (tracks 03, 09)
Claude Nougaro (see fourth album) - Vocal on “Cogne”

Text and Music by Didier Sustrac

Photos - Michel Sedan (see first album)/Graphics - Stéphane Fiau
Recorded by Lionel Gaget and Didier Sustrac at Home Studio a Paris, in Rio de Janeiro at the Studios Cia dos Ténicos with William Jr (cuivres 1, 2, 5, 8, 9, 11), Vanius Marques (cuivres 3, 11, percussions 1, 3, 5, 9, guitares 6, 10, voix 3, 5, 6, 10)
Mixed by Lucas Chauviere ( at Studio Flam a Paris
Mastering - Lionel (Translab) (

Production : Frédéric Durand-Salmon
Réalisation et arrangements : Lionel Gaget

"Baisers Volés"


01 Dieu Le Pere
02 Personne
03 Baisers Volés
04 Les Larmes de Bambi
05 L'éclair
06 Amours Et Délices
07 Emmanuelle
08 La Corse En Deuch
09 Monsieur Tout Le Monde
10 Je Chante Un Air
11 Cogne (en duo avec Claude Nougaro)

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Didier plays again delightfully his loved relaxing samba style on his newest album.
The only differe is that he tries out here something "experimental". I mean there is a quite big brass-band around him with lots of tuba which is queerish and unsual comparable to his former albums. This kind of music has its own tradition of course in South America just think about "Carnival Of Rio" where "The Carnival bands consist of an orchestra, mainly brass. They march along a pre--determined route or stay at the same place, however, are always joined by hordes of enthusiastic samba revelers dressed in costumes, bathing suits, plain clothes, and even many in drag." ( (btw, Charlie Haden (jazz fame) also tried this form -i mean to use a brass-band- in a jazzy way on his famous "The Ballad Of The Fallen (1983)" album. Samples here: Even his popular last song "Cogne" - which was also appeared on his former album- get here a different version as it also goes only with tuba and trumpets to make it pretty interesting. I like this brassy sound so have to mention here the great Bosnian compser Goran Bregović as his music is loaded with tuba and other brass instruments as well ( (do you know his awesome "Arizone Dream" soundtrack album??? If not check this slower song where Iggy Pop signs!!! or the uptempo live!!!-don't miss!!! version of "Kalashnikov" from his "Underground" album )
(some more on brass-bands incl. its Brasilian version:
Of course there are some songs (tracks 04,07) where he "move in a rut".
Certainly, the whole album is very enjoyable, though the bigband sound -since it is a quite restricted form musically- don't let him enough freedom to show his melancholic side. Ok it is good as one reason, but if it
wouldn't be enough to you, i have one more explanation : the complete album was recorded in Rio, so im not surprised if he left his melancholia at home:)
Anyway i feel some Manu Chao influence in some tracks. Im glad about it as i like Manu Chao too:)
Just to sum up, it is an uplifting album with a winning combination of brass and folk sound so your good amusement is guaranteed!

"The famous Brasilian star, Caetano Veloso, arranger and guitarist, joined Sustrac to add his very special energy for the 11 tracks on this disc. The big surprise is: Didier Sustrac gave his helpers lot of freedom to express themselves in a powerful way throughout the project. The trumpets sound and accompanying his voice quite calm, calm, focused on texts about France, a country that is so dear to him. The nuances in this disc allows us to appreciate both festive tracks (Kisses oles v) the softer songs (Emmanuelle). A great comeback!" (

French reviews:

"Didier Sustrac vient de sortir un nouvel album, le 5eme je crois.
Je connais mal le bonhomme, voir pas du tout, déja entendu un ou deux titres en radio il y a des années de ça, pas plus que ça.
Dans le flot des nouveautés que j’ai écouté dernierement et qui tournent sur mon walkman, c’est l’un des rares a surnager, je me suis dis que me fendre d’une petite chronique pour donner a d’autres l’envie de découvrir le bonhomme ne serait pas une mauvaise idée.

Pour les pressés, un résume lapidaire, Sustrac = bossa. Brésil plein phare, frappé du syndrome Girl from Ipanéma.en plein cour le Didier.
Pour les mauvaises langues qui penseraient qu’il tente de surfer sur une vague bossa issue du succes d’Henri Salvador, pres de 15 ans si j’en crois son site, qu’il creuse le meme sillon, loin d’etre de l’opportunisme, nous sommes donc face a un vrai aficionado, un ambassadeur de la musique sud américaine.

Je chante un air est le titre du dit disque. Enregistré au Brésil, avec des pointures tant en tant qu’arrangeur qu’en musiciens, le menu met l’eau a la bouche, mais quid du chef ?
Parce que le dernier Salvador présentait également des gages de qualité avant l’écoute, avec le résultat que l’on sait, soporifique. C’est le risque avec la bossa nova, elle peut donner naissance a pur joyaux ou a de la musique d’ascenseur. Soyons clair, ici le piege est évité.

Une voix chaude et veloutée, écoutez amours et délices, des compositions dans l’ensemble assez dépouillées, qui nous amenent sans probleme a revasser, les tempos étant majoritairement lent, pas de samba enlevée ici, juste de la douceur.

Tous les titres s’écoutent fort agréablement avec un gout de revenez-y prononcé. Un surprenant duo avec Claude Nougaro, qui pourtant semblait appartenir a l’album précédent, que je ne connais pas. Le titre qui ouvre l’album, Dieu le pere est probablement celui qui accroche le mieux et est une bonne entrée en matiere dans l’univers du bonhomme.

Si je devais formuler une critique, il manque la un bon gros single, un gros titre qui pousserait l’album pour le faire connaître de plus grand nombre. C’est clairement un des meilleurs album de bossa francophone que j’ai entendu depuis un bail, des années lumieres au dessus d’Elie Seymoun, facile me direz vous, du niveau du bel Azul d’Helena Noguera. Mais il manque le petit truc qui ferait passé ce disque a l’étage supérieur. Une chanson comme Samba Maria de David Koven (remember ?) autre fondu de la musique brésilienne, ou un titre brillant comme Laurent Voulzy sait les écrire, bref un petit truc qui ferait passer monsieur Sustrac de second couteau au premier plan car il en a l’étoffe."

"Didier Sustrac signe ici un superbe album. Je chante un air, c'est un air de frais, de légéreté dans ce monde de brutes. Dieu le pere, pour laisser libre cours a son imagination, que changeriez vous au monde si vous étiez dieu le pere ? Voila une question qu'elle est bonne. Personne, c'est une déclaration d'amour originale, une musique entetante, une chanson dont on a du mal a se dépétrer. Les baisers volés sont aussi a l'honneur et meme les larmes de bambi (une jolie berceuse). L'éclair est-ce pour laisser passer l'orage ? Non car il n'y a pas d'orage chez Didier Sustrac. Ce disque met vraiment de bonne humeur. Amours et délices résument bien le fonds de ce disque. La voix douce et si particuliere de Didier Sustrac nous emporte pour nous déposer sur une route de Corse en Deuch (la Corse en Deuch).
Pour ceux qui veulent fantasmer, vous trouverez aussi Emmanuelle. Il clôture l'album avec quelqu'un qui n'est pas Monsieur tout le monde. Il s'agit de Claude Nougaro. Un cadeau du petit taureau avant sa derniere corrida : Cogne. Un magnifique duo ou le mélange des voix est un pur régal.
Un album a posséder, a avoir dans sa CDtheque, parole de Chti31.
Bonne nuit les petits..." (

Didier Sustrac est un chanteur français né a Grasse en Provence le 14 décembre 1959.

C'est en photographiant un groupe de rock qu'il remplaçe au pied-levé le guitariste. A 18 ans, il pérégrine au travers de l'Amérique du Sud pendant deux ans. C'est au Brésil qu'il apprend la guitare, la bossa nova et la langue portugaise. Ceux-ci caractérisent l'ensemble de son ouvre.

"Didier Sustrac was born in the Provençal town of Grasse on 14 December 1959. Young Didier had no particular ambition to become a musician in later life. On the contrary Didier's one great passion in his teenage years was photography and he would eventually abandon his studies to devote himself to his hobby full-time. Yet, one day the aspiring young photographer was called out to do a photo shoot of a French rock group - and his career would dramatically alter overnight. For shortly after the shoot the group called Didier to ask if he could come and replace their guitarist and the young teenager got bitten by the music bug.

Didier did not stay with his first group long, however. At the age of 18 he packed his bags and left France to explore South America, spending the next two years hiking around Uruguay, Venezuela and Brazil. It was during his stay in Brazil that Didier would learn Portuguese and perfect his guitar playing. He would also begin writing his first songs, which were greatly influenced by the rich Brazilian rhythms he heard around him all day long.

When Didier returned to France he decided it was time to leave his native Provence and discover the Paris music world. After moving to the capital in 1985, the young singer/guitarist began hanging out with a group of musicians who worked with Alain Bashung. He also started seeking a producer for his own album. But this proved to be a rather difficult task for a relative unknown such as himself. After producing a series of demo tapes and looking around for several years, Didier was almost on the point of giving up his quest and producing his debut album under his own steam. But then a chance introduction changed his luck and Didier met a man called Alain Pewzner, who offered to produce his album, and, more importantly, a woman called Varda Kakan, who would organise the financial backing for it.

By this point Didier had written far too much material to be included on his first album. But in the end the prodigious songwriter would manage to whittle his original 35 songs down to 12 and in 1993 he would finally go into the studio to record his debut album, "Zanzibar". Infused with a variety of lilting South American rhythms and upbeat lyrics, "Zanzibar" was particularly influenced by Didier's stay in Brazil''.

Three years later Didier was back in the studio once again, putting the finishing touches to his second album, "Blues Indigo". Released in 1996, "Blues Indigo" continued Didier's love affair with Brazil, although this time the talented songwriter and guitarist fused Brazilian rhythms with Mediterranean influences and a healthy dose of the blues. Didier was joined in the studio by a 25-strong group of musicians which included Brazilian stars Tupi Nago and Régina Célia, as well as the renowned French accordionist Daniel Mille.

The Comeback

After disappearing from the French music scene for several years, Sustrac made a surprise comeback in September 2000 with a third album entitled "Chanteur d'ascenseur". Music critics were none too impressed by Sustrac's new album, however. Indeed, they complained that after all these years Sustrac had advanced little in terms of style or inspiration. "Chanteur d'ascenseur" did, in fact, find Sustrac returning to his eternal source of inspiration, tropical sounds with a Brazilian flavour.

Sustrac returned to the live circuit in the summer of 2001, performing a series of concerts up and down the country and acting as a member of the jury at the "Truffe d'Or" song contest in Périgueux in August. He also gave a memorable concert at the Opus Café in Paris on 31 October.
In spite of disappointing reviews, Sustrac soon ventured out onto the live circuit again, appearing at the Opus Café in Paris on October 31st 2000.

Sustrac resurfaced on the live front at the end of January 2003, performing at the "Jeudis de la chanson française" (Thursday-night ‘chanson’ evenings) organised in Vitré, in the Ille-et-Vilaine region in Bretagne. Accompanied on stage by the talented Brazilian bass-player Carlos Werneck and pianist and percussionist Lionel Gaget, Sustrac treated his audiences to a stirring set infused with lively bossa nova rhythms. The singer took advantage of these concerts to announce that he would be releasing a new album before the end of the year. Sustrac made good his promise on 8 November 2003 when his fourth album, "Matiere premiere," arrived in record stores. This fourth album, full of heady Brazilian influences, was the first ‘mainstream/pop’ release on M10 (a label which, up until this point, had catered to purely world sounds).

Didier Sustrac has devoted most of 2004 to his live work, performing at small, low-key venues up and down the country.

Saltyka added:

His following 2007 album, which recorded in Rio with the support of Luis Brasil (guitarist and arranger of Caetano Veloso), got again very positive critics. In 2009 he tried to make something new, as released a bossa album especilly for childrens.
Anyway the CD is really worth to listen (, as his style didn't change at all.
He writes songs for other artists as well (Maurane, Lilicub, Jane Fostin, Nana Mouskouri) and worked with Márcio Faraco as his producer.

Often compared to Alain Souchon as he also has a great romanticism in his lyrics are all about love and peace. He gently brings new life to French music, which certainly will end in a beautiful sand storm coming straight from Brazil and other sunny countries. He published three books already (see below).


1,Busca Vida (2000, Edition Orphie) (a book with his poems and photos of Michel Sedan [the photgrapher for his albums too] borned during their travel in Brasil on the seaside somewhere near Salvador de Bahia.

2,Chut, Le Roi Pourrait L’entendre (2007, Gauthier Languereau) (a fantastic good tale for children with lots of humour. This book got very good reviews. "Fantasy, humor, beauty is what brings this superb book. The story is both tender and funny and surprising."
Read more here:

3,Le Grand Livre Des Papas (2009, Thomas Jeunesse) (as Co-writer, a children book written for his 2009 CD)

Zanzibar (1993)
Blues Indigo (1996)
Chanteur d'ascenseur (2000)
Matiere premiere (2003)
Je chante un air (2007)
Au Pays Des Papas - Nos Comptines De Bossa (2009) (music for kids with a book, see:

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If you like Didier's music and have a chance, try also:

Henri Salvador ( Chambre Avec Vue (2000)

Toco's ( and two albums (Instalacao do Samba 2004 and Outro Lugar 2007)

any albums of Teofilo Chantre ( and

Nilda Fernández ( and - Los Días Aquellos (1995)

and of course some from David Koven ( and and and!!!!!!!


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Anonymous Ursula said...

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7:51 PM  

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