Monday, March 14, 2016

Roy Haynes, René Thomas & Frank Foster in Paris

Henri Renaud gained a strong reputation in the 1950s, organizing and playing on dates with many top American jazzmen who were visiting France. Renaud started on the violin when he was five, switching to piano three years later. After moving to Paris in 1946, Renaud played with tenor saxophonist Jean-Claude Fohrenbach's group, accompanying such players as Don Byas, James Moody, and Roy Eldridge during 1949-1950. In 1952 he put together his own band, which at different times worked with Lester Young, Sarah Vaughan, and Clifford Brown. Brown recorded extensively with Renaud in 1953. In 1954 Renaud went to the United States and made a series of records (producing and playing piano) with such top American greats as Milt Jackson, J.J. Johnson, Al Cohn, Oscar Pettiford, Max Roach, Frank Foster, and Bob Brookmeyer; most of the records were released on the Vogue or Swing labels. Renaud visited New York in 1959 (playing with Philly Joe Jones) but soon returned to Paris, where he worked with Kenny Clarke and Buck Clayton. In 1964 he became the head of French CBS' jazz division and began producing shows for radio and television, and he largely stopped playing piano, remaining active as a record producer for decades.
Scott Yanow

Source :

Roy Haynes
René Thomas
Frank Foster
The 1954 Paris Sessions
(Feat. Henri Renaud)



1 Red Rose (Chevallier)  3:52
2 A Mountain Sunset (Chevallier)  4:35
3 Laffin' and Cryin' (Chevallier)  2:42
4 Minor Encamp (Jordan)  5:08
5 Subscription (Renaud)  3:02
6 Dillon (Renaud)  3:34



7 Burt's Pad (Renaud)  5:09
8 Chicago (Fisher)  2:52
9 Autobuzz (Thomas)  3:00
10 Indiana (McDonald, Hanley)  2:03
11 Get Out of Town (Porter)  3:30
12 'Tis Autumn (Capitain Nemo)   4:28
13 Thomasia (Thomas, Renaud)  4:27



14 My Heart Stood Still (Rodgers, Hart)  6:08
 15 Fat Shoes (Foster)  4:53
16 I'll Take Romance (Hammerstein II, Oakland)  5:25
17 Escale A Victoria (Varel, Baily)  4:42
18 The Things We Did Last Summer (Cahn, Styne)  4:03
19 Just 40 Bars (Renaud)  4:39


[# 1-5] Roy Haynes Sextet (Vogue LD 130)

Barney Wilen - ts
Jay Cameron - bs
Jimmy Gourley - g
Henri Renaud - p
Joe Benjamin - b
Roy Haynes - dr
Recorded October 26, 1954
[#6] Henri Renaud Trio
Henri Renaud - p
Joe Benjamin - b
Roy Haynes - dr
Recorded in Paris ; October 28, 1954
[# 7-13] René Thomas Quintet (Vogue LD 210)
René Thomas - g
Gardner Buzz - tp
Henri Renaud - p
Jean-Marie Ingrand - b
Jean-Louis Viale - dr
Recorded in Paris ; May 5, 1954
[# 14-19] Frank Foster Quartet (Vogue LD 209)

Frank Foster - ts
Henri Renaud - p
Jean-Marie Ingrand - b
Jean-Louis Viale - dr
Recorded in Paris ; April 4, 1951, Paris, France


Orbyt said...

Thrilled to see you back up! Thanks for more René Thomas/Henri Renaud/Frank Foster!

Kndnsk said...

Great news!

PlantDoctor53 said...


Thomas said...

Thanks for the post, I rarely see this label in my neck of the woods. Missed your blog this weekend.

Gepetto said...

Marvelous !
Many Thanks

Gepetto said...

Marvelous !
Many Thanks

laconico said...

Welcome & thanks Melanchthon.

jazzfriend said...

Welcome Again mel.

Saludos desde Chile.

ZM-JazzRock said...

Mel, welcome back (but I think you never gone...!)

Félix said...

Wow, glad you're back, I thought your blog had disappeared!

Very nice, first recorded version of Jordu, before Clifford's one and under the title Minor Encamp — and the theme is played by Jimmy Gourley! First recording session for Barney Wilen I think (the guy was seventeen...).

First René Thomas real recording as a leader.

Frank Foster... Yeah!

Great compilation!

Otis Foster said...

Just a brief respite, thank goodness, and not a shutdown as I feared. Great to have you back, Mel, esp. with a rarity like this.

pantufo said...

Your Blog is sooo good! I hope you continue for a long Time. Thanks for all the good,rare,intresting Jazz You present to us. Relaxed days for Everyone!

pantufo said...

Your Blog is sooo good! I hope you continue for a long Time. Thanks for all the good,rare,intresting Jazz You present to us. Relaxed days for Everyone!

ramson said...

Roy Haynes, René Thomas, Frank Foster

Many thanks.

Blue Eyes said...

Well, for me, the first René Thomas (my favourite guitarist :) recording as a leader is "René Thomas And His Orchestra" recorded one month before this session. Anyway, thanks Melanchthon for upgrading "Guitaristic" with the song "Get Out Of Town" !

jazzlover said...

Barney playing in Roy Haynes sextet,hummm...fantastic,you know even in Paris is dificult to find Barney Willem.Thank you Mel for your effort.

pepper67 said...

man this looks AMAZING!! thank you

Anonymous said...

You areeeeee so beautifuuuuuuul to meeeeee

rm said...

merci beaucoup!

jazzcat1228 said...

Excellent post! Thank you so much. RIP Frank Foster.

deGallo said...

Thank you for this...especially Rene Thomas.

neil said...

Didn't know of the Roy Haynes; many thanks, mel...

Chris said...

Thanks Mel any chance of a Re-Up of this fine album.

Tom+Jerry said...

i'd second that emotion with the re-up ;-)
Always open to hearing more Rene Thomas.
And thanks Mel for all the sounds!

Chris said...

Thanks Mel for re-posting these Paris Sessions

musician3 said...

Great.................Thank You For All

Pet said...

That's "Buzz" (Charles) Gardner on trumpet, rather than "Gardner Buzz". :)

AmyBRAINS said...

Many tanks, Melanchthon.

glinka21 said...

Thanks very much, Mel!

...and hope you had a fine holiday.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank you

fearfeasa1 said...

Salut Melanchthon. I was looking for Frank Foster's first session and discovered your blog. Great stuff! But I have a problem. I downloaded the Frank Foster file (the fourth one) and it asked me for a password, which I don't have. In case the file was faulty I downloaded it again, and again I was asked for a password. Could you give it to me, please ?

Historicus said...

Any chance to upload these gems on zippyshare?
Thanks a lot!!!!

Melanchthon said...

Historicus said...

... great, thank you very much, indeed!

Luis Lorenzo said...

Gracias Mell!! Tu blog de jazz es de lo mejor!!

Fred Archtop said...

Great great. Thanks Mel.

Anonymous said...

What a magnificent post! Thank you MM!

Kovina Kris said...

I can't thank you enough for all of the wonderful jazz Mel. But THANKS!