Saturday, February 7, 2015

Barney Wilen at the Club Saint-Germain

Barney Wilen's mother was French, his father a successful American dentist-turned-inventor. He grew up mostly on the French Riviera ; the family left during World War II but returned upon its conclusion. According to Wilen himself, he was convinced to become a musician by his mother's friend, the poet Blaise Cendrars. As a teenager he started a youth jazz club in Nice, where he played often. He moved to Paris in the mid-'50s and worked with such American musicians as Bud Powell, Benny Golson, Miles Davis, and J.J. Johnson at the Club St. Germain. His emerging reputation received a boost in 1957 when he played with Davis on the soundtrack to the Louis Malle film Lift to the Scaffold. Two years later, he performed with Art Blakey and Thelonious Monk on the soundtrack to Roger Vadim's Les Liaisons Dangereuses (1960). Wilen began working in a rock-influenced style during the '60s, recording an album entitled Dear Prof. Leary in 1968. In the early '70s, Wilen led a failed expedition of filmmakers, musicians, and journalists to travel to Africa to document pygmy music. Later Wilen played in a punk rock band called Moko and founded a French Jazzmobile-type organization that took music to people living in outlying areas. He also worked in theater. By the mid-'90s, he was working once again in a bebop vein in a band with the pianist Laurent de Wilde. Much of Wilen's later work was documented on the Japanese Venus label.
Chris Kelsey

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/artist/barney-wilen-p7820/biography

Barney Wilen
Barney 

Tracks

1 Besame Mucho (Velazquez)  12:52
2 Stablemates (Golson)  5:35
3 Jordu (Mapp, Jordan)  9:05
4 Lady Bird (Heath, Dameron)  11:29
5 Lotus Blossom (Dorham)  8:29
6 Everything Happens to Me (Dennis, Adair)  6:53
7 I'll Remember April (Raye, Johnston)  7:57
8 Témoin dans La Ville (Fol, Wilen)  10:17

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Personnel
Barney Wilen - ts & ss [# 6 & 8]
Kenny Dorham - tp [except # 6 & 7]
Duke Jordan - p
Paul Rovère - b
Daniel Humair - dr

Recorded at the Club Saint-Germain, Paris ; April 24 & 25, 1959

18 comments:

Orbyt said...

This and "More From The Club Saint-Germain" are both excellent. Highly recommended.

Philo said...

I'm with Orbyt. Well recorded, enjoyable music. A fine post.

Blue Eyes said...

Excellent! thanks a lot Mel for this one!

deGallo said...

Thank you Mel.

ita diegues said...

Muchas gracias Melanchthon.

birin said...

...y gracias tambien de mi parte!

L.O.L. said...

504 MB of great music. :)

jazztap said...

merci

duck said...

Thanks as Always, Mel, it is greatly appreciated

Prof. Yaffle said...

Many thanks

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AmyBRAINS said...

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kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel. I really enjoyed the "More" part of this that you put up. In fact the cover for this one had me confused as to whether or not I already had it or not. lol

Jazzsoulman said...

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jazzcat1228 said...

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Anonymous said...

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Historicus said...

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