World of Jazz – 23rd June 2011 – Jazz Francaise

This show features  jazz from mostly french musicians or players/music with a french connection,

  • St Germain – Latin Note – Tourist :  For his second album, French producer Ludovic Navarre expanded  his work around jazz-house music by recruiting a sextet of musicians to solo over his earthy productions.
  • Didier Lockwood – Aura – Surya : A rare 1980 album – Surya was the progressive-fusion group formed by Didier Lockwood (violins) and Jean-My Truong (drums) when they left Zao at the beginning of March 1977. The band was beset by many line-up changes and record company problems – notwithstanding that this is a fine album and the best work Lockwood did after leaving Zeuhl giants Magma.
  • Dave Douglas, Martial Solal – Body and Soul – Rue De Seine : French pianist Martial Solal is joined by American trumpeter Dave Douglas for this inspired duo session. Solal has long been one of Europe’s top pianists, while he has made occasional trips to the U.S. to perform, while Douglas has become a favorite of critics for his diverse recordings.
  • Henri Texier – Homme Rouge – Amir : a 1976 album from Texier which is comprised entirely of solo work. Some stunning playing on this track.
  • Malcolm Braff – Nyourman – Together : Brazilian-born Braff grew up in Cape Verde and Senegal. In 1991 he founded his first jazz trio (with  Pascal Portner and Marcello Giuliani ) and the following year released his first album as a bandleader. In 1997 he founded the quintet COMBO (with Bänz Oester , Olivier Clerc , Yaya Ouattara , Matthieu Michel ),   two years later the album Together was released.  Released by Blue Note France.
  • Erik Truffaz – La Reve D’Eline – Face a Face : Truffaz stretches the boundries of contemporary jazz by incorporating drum’n’bass and hip-hop rhythms,  this is a live cut from 2006.
  • Claude Bolling – Etude in Blue – Jazz A La Francaise : Pianist, composer, producer, and bandleader Claude Bolling enjoyed his first successes in the mainland European trad jazz movement of the 1950s and ’60s. A skilled pianist who was heavily influenced by Duke Ellington, Teddy Wilson, Earl Hines, and Art Tatum, this 1984 album sees him in a trio setting.
  • Rita Marcotulli – The Japanese Mistress – Woman Next Door : Italian Marcotulli (not French as I say on the show) pays homage to French film director Francois Truffaut on this 1998 album.
  • Franck Ansallem – Running After Eternity – Out A Day : a 1990 album with Gary Peacock and Bill Stewart which is highly regarded as one of the most outstanding jazz piano trio recordings ever made.
  • Miles Davis – Nuits Sur Les Champs Elysees – Ascenseur Pour L’Echafaud : Jazz and film noir are perfect bedfellows, as evidenced by the soundtrack of Louis Malle’s Ascenseur Pour L’Echafaud (Lift to the Scaffold). This dark and seductive tale is wonderfully accentuated by the late-’50s cool or bop music of Miles Davis, played with French jazzmen — bassist Pierre Michelot, pianist René Urtreger, and tenor saxophonist Barney Wilen — and American expatriate drummer Kenny Clarke.
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