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Jazz In Paris

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Another one of these threads...

I love that series, picked up about half of them. Can only post the list of them when at home (tomorrow), but why not start a discussion of some favorites?

Here are some of my favorites:

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A very fine album by one of the best tenor saxophone players from europe. Milt Jackson's on piano, Kenny Clarke on drums. Highly recommended!

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And another one by a highly regarded european tenor man. With Sacha Distel on guitar.

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This one was quite a surprise for me, never heard Eddy Louiss before. A fine disc!

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Another good'un (with Burton, Swallow, Haynes)

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This one was a discovery, too! One hell of a fine disc!

Other favorites of mine include the three Jazz & Cinéma volumes, the Chet Baker "Broken Wing" album (thanks, brownie :tup ), the Lucky Thompsons and the Hodeir/Jazz Group de Paris stuff, the Djangos and the two Donald Byrd volumes.

ubu

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Who's on the Michelot CD? This sounds tempting. What tunes do they do?

Thanks in advance,

Bertrand.

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I love this collection too, with those wonderful photographs!

I have about 15 of them and have planned to buy another bunch as soon as possible!

Jaspar, René Thomas, Blakey, Byas, Hines, Henri Renaud.... are some of my favorites!

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Pierre Michelot "Round about a bass"

Songs:

Cherokee

Gavotte

Akkilino

Elephant green

Sous les ponts de Paris

Chet

Bye bye blackbird

Sweet feeling

Klook´s shadow

Collective personel (I don´t have the CD here to give you details on sessions):

ts: George Grenu

bs: Pierre Gossez, Armand Migiani

as: Michel Portal

tp: Fred Gérard

tb: Charles Verstraete, Raymond Katarzynski, Benny Vasseur

fl: Raymond Guiot

b: Pierre Michelot

d: Christian Garros

p: Maurice Vander

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Thanks for giving the Michelot details. Grenu is also on soprano (or is it Migiani?) - and his playing is breath-taking! There are some tracks with a quintet line up, and the others feature the whole band.

Very very good arrangements and compositions (by Michelot himself), too!

If you like small big bands, no hot blowing, but neither too cool stuff, you'd love this disc, bertrand!

ubu

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One particular title from the series is Chet Baker "Broken wing", one of his better albums from the late 70's. It had to be withdrawn for legal reasons, which is a bit strange considering the many Chet bootlegs that are on the market and the fact that Chet Baker rarely got royalties for the albums he made in his last years and only got paid for the recording.

If "Broken wing" is not reissued in a different form it may become a collector's item. Most online stores already list is as being unavailable.

Amazon.co.uk Review

The Jazz in Paris--Broken Wing CD presents a 1978 quartet recording by the trumpeter Chet Baker and adds two lengthy alternative takes to the LP from which it's derived. The Paris rhythm section--Phil Markowitz on piano, Jean-Francois Jenny-Clarke on bass and Jeff Brillinger on drums--provide ideal support with some particularly impressive bass solos. Chet's wistful singing is heard on "Oh, You Crazy Moon" but otherwise his poignant trumpet, lyrical and beautifully controlled, is predominant. The spirit of Miles Davis hovers at Chet's shoulder, but he has his own tone and phrasing, less dramatic but subtly insinuating. "Blue Gilles", a Baker original, is a very slow, mournful lament dedicated to Gilles Gautherin, the producer of this session. Wayne Shorter's "Black Eyes", which comes in two versions, has a medium-tempo bossa nova beat, but otherwise it's the slower tempos, at which Baker excelled, that determine the reflective ambience of this late December Franco-American encounter. --Graham Colombé

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One particular title from the series is Chet Baker "Broken wing", one of his better albums from the late 70's. It had to be withdrawn for legal reasons, which is a bit strange considering the many Chet bootlegs that are on the market and the fact that Chet Baker rarely got royalties for the albums he made in his last years and only got paid for the recording.

If "Broken wing" is not reissued in a different form it may become a collector's item. Most online stores already list is as being unavailable.

Yes, this is a very fine album indeed! Brownie pointed me to it, I got it from amazon.de some months ago - maybe they still have it?

ubu

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Only if they have it in stock. The Amazon.co.uk link I posted above lists it as being available, but with a processing time of 12-14 days. This means they need to order it from the manufacturer, but will most likely not succeed with this one. That's often the case with OOP discs listed on Amazon.

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Thanks for giving the Michelot details. Grenu is also on soprano (or is it Migiani?) - and his playing is breath-taking! There are some tracks with a quintet line up, and the others feature the whole band.

If I remember well, Georges Grenu is the soprano saxophone player. He was very efficient with the instrument. Doubt that Migiani played soprano.

Nice record indeed.

About Chet Baker's 'Broken Wings', the Jazz in Paris reissue which had to be withdrawn is indeed becoming a very rare item indeed. Haven't seen a copy in months now.

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So it is Grenu, alright! Had some doubts just before I wanted to post and added the bracklets. Sometimes one should trust to ones memory...

ubu

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I have several of these as well. The Wilen and Jaspar from ubu's above are tops for me. Fine stuff and extremely cheap when they first came around at $7.99.

I enjoy the 'cinema' series as well and am wondering if anyone has thoughts on the last volume #4?

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I have about 15 of them and have planned to buy another bunch as soon as possible!

So soon!

I´ve just found some CDs for 5,5 € at a local store and haven´t been able to resist it:

-Lester Young: Le dernier message de LY

-Stéphane Grappelli & Stuff Smith: Stuff and Steff

-Chet Baker: Broken wing :P:w:D

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I've only got the Donald Byrd session and the music is terrific. The recording, however, is not the greatest. Can anybody comment on the general recording quality of the others in the series? Thanks.

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In general the music is very well recorded for the time and circumstances, and the remastering is pretty darned fine.

I have an awful lot of these. . . almost all the first 75 and some of the subsequent ones. I'm BROKE!

I am quite happy to have discovered a lot of great music from French and other European musicians. AND the Americans in Europe aspect as well. I've had some of these titles before, but the sound is better here. Great series!

Highlights for me recently are the Hodier, Clarke and Pfeiffer sessions.

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I agree on the sound of the Donald Byrd albums, but it seems to be an exception. For example, the sound (stereo) of Art Blakey's "Paris Jam session" with Bud Powell is amazing for a 1959 live recording.

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Thanks Claude.

I have seen that Blakey around somewhere. I'll pick it up when I run into it.

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Man with Arm,

Volume 4 of the Jazz et Cinema series is a nice one. While I think Volume 3 is my favorite, 4 offers up some interesting tracks. Here's a quick break-down:

• 2 tracks by Jean Wetzel, a noirish and "jazzy" sounding harmonica player.

• 4 tracks by an Alain Goraguer (on piano) group, sounding very MJQ-ish.

• 5 tracks by Michel de Villers (saxophones), sounding noirish again.

• 4 tracks by Gonzalo Fernandez, sounding a lot like Tito Puente's Dance Mania.

• 1 track by Martial Solal from The Trial

• 2 alternates by Jean Wetzel

For those who liked this brief series, I'd strongly recommend Martial Solal's collection of tracks for cinema, titled after the film A Bout de Souffle (Breathless), and including all the music score for this particular movie. Here is a crappy scan of the cover:

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Great playing all around on this disc.

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And this series in general ... ... I would not hesitate a second to pick up:

• Lucky Thompson: Modern Jazz Group — brilliant Lucky here.

• Don Byas: En ce temps-là

• Don Byas: Laura

(I like Byas's European work from this period a lot more than his American sides)

Also fine are:

• Le Jazz Groupe de Paris: Joue André Hodeir

• Kenny Clarke: Plays André Hodeir

These albums go well together, as the tracks not only are all penned by Hodeir, but are performed by a number of the same players.

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I have a few dozen from this series. There are so many to recommend, but for now I'll second the endorsement for Kenny Clarke: Plays André Hodeir. I'd also like to mention the discs released by guitarists Henri Crolla and Elek Bascik. I believe there are two titles from each of them. Also, if you like accordion, get the Guy Viseur.

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I only have a handful from this series: the Blakey, Sonny Criss, and Lucky Thompson among them. Seems like an excellent series though. As usual, reading this board makes me want to go out and spend more on CD's than I should. :rolleyes:

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The Jazz in Paris series is one of the best reissue achievements. The photos on the album covers heve been beautifully selected. The sound has been improved on most of the CDs I have heard. I had quite a number of the LP original issues of the series but I purchased several of the Jazz in Paris CDs because of the improved sound.

The ones I initally purchased were the Lucky Thompson, the Sonny Criss, the post-WWII Django Reinhardt, the Don Byas albums which appeared early in the series.

One CD I also got as soon as it came out was nr. 20 Harold Nicholas/June Richmond/Andy Bey which had two tracks from the very rare Andy Bey Fontana EP where Bey had Kenny Dorham, Barney Wilen, Paul Rovere and Kenny Clarke in the background group.

Also the Bernard Peiffer albums were on my Must Have list and were added to the collection. Nobody should miss out on Peiffer, a great forgotten pianist.

When one of the stores here had most of the CDs at just a little bit over 4 euros each. I got more from the series.

Would like to add one recommendation:

- vol. 54 'Clarinettes a Saint-Germain des Pres which feature Hubert Rostaing and Maurice Meunier. Meunier is another forgotten French musician that needs reappraisal. Rostaing and Meunier played clarinet with Django Reinhardt.

Meunier also appears in the lineup for the Lionel Hampton and his French New Sounds CDs (vol. 44 and 45).

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And this series in general ... ... I would not hesitate a second to pick up:

• Lucky Thompson: Modern Jazz Group — brilliant Lucky here.

• Don Byas: En ce temps-là

• Don Byas: Laura

(I like Byas's European work from this period a lot more than his American sides)

Also fine are:

• Le Jazz Groupe de Paris: Joue André Hodeir

• Kenny Clarke: Plays André Hodeir

These albums go well together, as the tracks not only are all penned by Hodeir, but are performed by a number of the same players.

Yes, these are all very good albums! I listed the Thompson already.

The two Byas discs are great, indeed!

And all the Hodeir-related stuff is at least very interesting!

Don't forget the Hodeir led "Jazz et jazz" album. There is some great music on that one, too!

And there was a Hodeir disc in the "Original Vogue Masters" series. Maybe still around on amazon France.

ubu

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Would like to add one recommendation:

- vol. 54 'Clarinettes a Saint-Germain des Pres which feature Hubert Rostaing and Maurice Meunier. Meunier is another forgotten French musician that needs reappraisal. Rostaing and Meunier played clarinet with Django Reinhardt.

Meunier also appears in the lineup for the Lionel Hampton and his French New Sounds CDs (vol. 44 and 45).

Yes, this one's great!

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Here we go:

01 Louis Armstrong the best live concert vol. 1

02 Louis Armstrong the best live concert vol. 2

03 Miles Davis ascenseur pour l’echafaud

04 Donald Byrd byrd in paris (live)

05 Donald Byrd parisian thoroughfare (live)

06 Holland/Clayton/Singleton club Session

07 Bill Coleman from boogie to funk

08 Chet Baker broken wing

09 Dizzy Gillespie the giant

10 Slide Hampton exodus

11 Django Reinhard django et compagnie

12 Django Reinhard swing from paris

13 Django Reinhard swing 39

14 Mary Lou Williams I made love you paris

15 Elek Bacsik guitar conceptions

16 René Thomas the real cat

17 Toots Thielemans blues pour flirter

18 Buddy Banks jazz de chambre

Bobby Jaspar quartet barclay

19 Henri Salvador pardon my english – plays the blues

20 Various Chanteurs/Chanteuses

21 Don Byas laura

22 Sidney Bechet/Claude Luter self-titled

23 Sonny Criss mr. Blues pour flirter

24 Guy Lafitte blue and sentimental

25 Henri Renaud New sound at “the boeuf sur le toit” (live)

Zoot Sims quintet barclay

26 Barney Wilen jazz sur seine

27 Bobby Jaspar modern jazz au club st.-germain

28 Lucky Thompson modern jazz group

29 Pierre Michelot round about a bass

30 Oscar Peterson featuring Stéphane Grappelli Volume 1

31 Oscar Peterson featuring Stéphane Grappelli Volume 2

32 Michel Legrand paris jazz piano

33 Claude Bolling plays the original piano greats

34 Rhoda Scott / Kenny Clarke self titled

35 Eddie Louiss bohemia after dark

36 Memphis Slim & Willie Dixon aux trios mailletz

37 Sammy Price/Lucky Thompson paris blues live

38 Earl Hines paris one night stand

39 Kenny Clarke plays andré hodéir

40 Art Blakey paris jam session live

41 Eddie Louiss/Yvan Julien porgy & bess

42 Stéphane Grappelli improvisations

43 Jean-Luc Ponty jazz long playing

44 Lionel Hampton and his french new sound vol. 1 live

45 Lionel Hampton and his french new sound vol. 2 live

46 Lionel Hampton ring dem vibes

47 Various classic jazz à saint-germain-des-prés

48 Various modern jazz à saint-germain-des-prés

49 Various jazz & cinéma vol. 1 (Barney Wilen, Alain Goraguer)

50 Various jazz & cinéma vol. 2 (Art Blakey, Jazz at the Philharmonic, George Arvanitas)

51 Louis Armstrong and friends

52 Dizzy Gillespie cognac blues

53 Chet Baker quartet plays standards

54 Various clarinettes à saint-germain-des-prés

55 Various saxophones à saint-germain-des-prés

56 Stéphane Grappelli plays cole porter

57 René Thomas meeting mister Thomas

58 Django Reinhardt swing 48

59 Django Reinhardt django’s blues

60 Henri Crolla notre ami django

61 Art Simmons/Ronnell Bright piano aux champs-elysées

62 Lou Bennett pentecostal feeling

63 Rhoda Scott live at the olympia

64 Willie « The Lion » Smith music on my mind

65 Bernard Pfeiffer la vie en rose

66 Raymond Fol les 4 saisons

67 René Urtréger joue bud powell

68 Lionel Hampton mai 1956

69 Art Blakey 1958 paris olympia (live)

70 Le Jazz Groupe de Paris joue André Hodeir

71 Various jazz & cinéma vol. 3 (Goraguer/Jazz Groupe de Paris/Humair Soultette)

72 Don Byas ree-boppers

Don Byas/Tyree Glenn orchestra

Howard McGhee sextet

James Moody quintet

73 Lucky Thompson with Dave Pochonet all stars

74 Alain Goraguer go-go-goraguer

75 Earl Hines in paris

76 Various danse à saint-germain-des-prés

77 Lester Young Le dernier message

78 Don Byas en ce temps-là

79 Stan Getz quartet in paris (live)

80 Henri Criolla begin the beguine

81 Elek Bacsik nuages

82 Stéphane Grappelli/Stuff Smith stuff and steff

83 Sarah Vaughan & violins

84 Dizzy Gillespie & his operatic strings orchestra

85 Bobby Jaspar jeux de quartes

86 Gerard Badini the swing machine

87 Stéphane Grappelli django

88 Gus Viseur de clinchy à broadway

89 Henri Crolla quand refleuriront les lilas blancs?

90 Django Reinhard nuit de saint-germain-des-prés

91 Django Reinhard nuages

92 Jack Diéval jazz au champs-elysées

93 Bernard Pfeiffer plays standards

94 Blossom Dearie the pianist

Les Blue Stars

95 Sammy Price/Price & Doc Cheatham play gershwin

96 Max Roach parisian sketches

97 André Hodeir jazz et jazz

98 Various jazz & cinéma vol. 4

99 Various harlem piano in montmartre

100 Various jazz sous l’occupation

101 Joe Newman/Cootie Williams jazz at midnight

102 Django Reinhardt place de brouckère

103 Buck Clayton and Friends (with Hal Singer)

104 Kid Ory at the Théatre des Champs-Elysées

105 Sonny Stitt Sits In with the Oscar Peterson Trio

106 Guy Lafitte Blues...

107 Stan Getz/Michel Legrand 'Communications '72

108 Sammy Price Good Paree

109 George Wein Midnight Concert at the Olympia

110 Raymond Fol Echoes of Harlem

111 Maurice Vander Piano Jazz

112 Jazz et Cinéma Volume 5, (Henri Crolla, Hubert Rostang, André Hodeir)

"Hors-série" (2CD sets):

01 Sacha Distel Jazz Guitarist

02 Bill Coleman The Complete Philips Recordings

03 Jean-Claude Fohrenbach Fohrenbach French Sound

[edited to add #102 / edited to add hors série #2 and #3 / edited to add 103-112]

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Ja,ja,ja.... another Jazz in Paris binge: 11 CD, 6€ each, at a local store!

-Louis Armstrong and friends

-Kenny Clarke´s sextet plays André Hodeir

-Henri Crolla: Quand refleuriront les lilas blancs?

-René Urtreger joue Bud Powell

-Clarinettes à Saint-Germain des Prés

-René Thomas: Meeting mister Thomas

-Joe Newman/Cootie Williams: Jazz at midnight

-Peanuts Holland/Buck Clayton/Charlie Singleton: Club session

-Sonny Criss: Mr. Blues pour flirter

-Harlem piano in Montmartre (Garland Wilson/Herman Chittison)

-Donald Byrd Quintet: Parisian thoroughfare

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