France's Paris Combo makes music whose effect is not unlike a good glass of champagne: It's vivacious and bubbly, with a witty, flirtatious and very sophisticated edge.

France's Paris Combo makes music whose effect is not unlike a good glass of champagne: It's vivacious and bubbly, with a witty, flirtatious and very sophisticated edge. Fronted by charming vocalist Belle du Berry, the group moves suavely and seamlessly among jazz, swing and cabaret, creating a vintage blend that's also flavored with the spices of Latin music and jazz manouche, or "Gypsy jazz." (Anyone who loved the soundtrack to the French animated film "The Triplets of Belleville" will be utterly captivated by this quintet.) While this fourth studio album doesn't exactly break new ground, it's still a real pleasure. Highlights include the Brazilian-tinged "Aquarium," the lilting "High, Low, In" and the ska-inspired "Calendar." The warmth and good humor found within the grooves of "Motifs" should make it a required cocktail party soundtrack for some time to come.—AT

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