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“Portlander Rossio has always had a preference for French lyrics, and she delivers them with ease and the skill of many years of experience. Nancy Sinatra had the hit, but Rossio puts Nancy in the dust on the unlikely choice, These Boots Are Made for Walkin' (in French!)"
Jazz Society of Oregon Music Critic George Fendel
“Kidjo lives in Paris, and her opening act also had a French twist. Portlander Carol Rossio – who spends half her time in Paris – led her four-piece band through what could be described as French cafe folk rock…some of the vocal chops of Madeleine Peyroux (Atlantic) with considerably more elegance.”
“Emouvant (moving, touching), mignon (precious, cute) – j’aime beaucoup French Mix!"
Grammy-winning Recording Artist Angelique Kidjo
Borders Books and Music
The Bite of Portland
“Carol Rossio is a sophisticated performer with a classy voice. Her original tunes are both fun and provoking. Her treatment of classic favorites is fresh and clever.”
“With the help of such top-flight jazz cats as Tom Grant and Dave Captein, Rossio pays loving tribute to the flavor of Paris with a program of Cole Porter, cabaret tunes and jazz standards sung in French. She’s celebrating the release of her new CD Nuit et Jour…”
“Smart, knowledgeable, stylish and bright, Carol Rossio’s intercontinental mosaic of classic American songbook and French cabaret staples (Nuit et Jour) puts an ironic spin on songs of love. The ebullient swing of her jazz accompanists buoys the dark and brittle gaiety of material created for Paris between the wars.”
Lynn Darroch, Special Contributor to the Oregonian
“(Fez) Paris is one of the greatest music cities ever, a cauldron of unbridled sexuality and sophistication that has cooked some of the great American artists to supernova stardom. With sultry, jazzy tunes, and the nasal twang of Edith Piaf, it is clear that Carol Rossio wants to be part of this club.”
“She ditched her worldly possessions and pursued art and music in the lovely town (Aix-en-Provence) and eventually became fluent enough to play clubs in Portland and Paris alike. Now she has an album, French Mix, an appropriate blend of English and French lyrics and a tangible result of her retreat. Rossio sings about life as a modern woman with a good dose of knowing humor.”
“Their common interest and background in France, combining (Jim) Cuomo’s repertoire of tunes written in French and Rossio’s original material, made this project (French Mix) knit together a fresh and charming recording.”
“Rossio is hoping to sell the French on the idea of an American doing the French version of American pop. If, like hot dogs and American slang, the French try to outlaw French Mix, Rossio will know she’s on the right track.”
“Like previous oddball Roger Nusic, Carol Rossio is a Portlander. As self-described in the liner notes, a by-product of a genuine baby boomer midlife crisis cliche. In this song, Rossio reflects the inability of her inner child to decide between Brain Surgeon or Flamenco Dancing. You can’t get much sillier than that while keeping a straight face…”
The Oddball Auditorium