Zoot and trumpeter Jon Eardley were in Paris in 1956 as part of the Gerry Mulligan Sextet which performed at the Olympia. They took time off to record on their own in the studios. Tracks 1-4 released on French 10 inch LP were actually a rehearsal with the Henri Renaud trio which was deemed good enough to release. The rest of this Jazz In Paris CD features a Live set by the Henri Renaud ensemble complete with vibes and guitar dwarfing the saxes, and a loud but not unruly audience.
For some reason, the Jazz in Paris series has put together a collection of music featuring these three vocalists. Except for the fact that all three recorded in Paris, there appears to be little connection. The music is still excellent however. The first 8 tracks by Harold Nicholas show off his excellence in covering standards. "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes", with its last verse in French, is a highlight. June Richmond, accompanied by the Quincy Jones Orchestra, sings "I've Got a Right to Sing the Blues" through "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea". Excellent renditions all. The last two tracks, by Henry Bey and the Bey Sisters, are nice, but give only a small introduction to their music.
Originally recorded in Paris at a pair of two-day sessions in 1977 and then released as a BarClay Records LP that same year, this fine duo set features the sturdy soul-jazz organ of Rhoda Scott paired with Kenny Clarke on drums, and together they create a remarkably full sound. It is worth noting that two of the best numbers here are Scott originals, "Bitter Street," which opens the album, and the funky "Toe Jam."
Scion of an illustrious family of musicians - Baro Sarane and Matelo Ferret - without whom the history of jazz in Paris would not be quite the same, the small Boulou had not expected the number of years shine and get noticed in the early 60s by Barclay. Label for which the young guitarist would record a remarkable series of Eps and LPs under the no less remarkable Paris All Stars, led by Alain Goraguer phalanx and its panels were nothing less than Michel Portal, Maurice Vander, Pierre Michelot or Eddy Louiss, among others. The rest - 70 years - will also face a fresh and modern, facing a power and poetic fusion. The entirety of these previously unreleased recordings CD offers a complete look and highly anticipated career we know the young Boulou become a great modern guitar.
These 1964 sessions marked jazz violinist Jean-Luc Ponty's recording debut as a leader. In spite of his choice of instrument, he was mainly influenced by bop musicians (especially saxophonists and trumpeters) rather than fellow Frenchmen, swing violinist Stéphane Grappelli. At this stage in his career, he chose mostly compositions by European musicians of his generation, along with tunes American jazz compositions that had stood the test of time.
Bechet made several outstanding albums in France, mostly with Claude Luter's orchestra. On this one, he plays soprano sax much more than clarinet. The arrangements are outstanding, and the sound quality is special. No Bechet fan (or clarinet/sax fan) should be without this! Sidney Bechet needs no introduction to lovers of traditional New Orleans jazz. Like many African-American musicians, he found a deeper recognition in Europe, and so settled in France and made many recordings during the 1950's for the French Vogue label.These have now been collected, remastered and reissued on a French release by Sony Legacy. It's good to have this available through Amazon. Essential for any collector of traditional jazz…
"Cordes et Lames" raconte l'histoire d'une famille de musiciens rassemblés autour d'une personnalité singulière du paysage jazzistique parisien, le guitariste Dominique Cravic. Dans cette famille, il y a le frère, le guitariste Didier Roussin. De leur complicité musicale naîtra "Juju-Doudou" (1988), un album qui mélange avec une désinvolture savante biguine, tango, valse et blues et marie en un patchwork joyeusement métissé guitares, dobro, violon (Dominique Pifarely), harmonica (Olivier Blavet et J.J. Milteau) et saxophone (Steve Lacy).On y rencontre également l'accordéoniste Francis Varis. Son association avec Cravic donnera en 1982 naissance à un quartet unissant guitare et accordéon…