Thursday, January 1, 2015

Barney Wilen - Tilt

Taking refuge in the USA with his family during the war, Barney discovered the birth of bop and memorized the standards on his Uncle Jesse's old alto. When he returned to France in 1946, he wasn't alone : his jazz went with him. And when he moved to Paris in 1953, the pimpled teenager did not go unnoticed. He was sixteen, his smooth sax style blossoming as he played with Henri Renaud or Bobby Jaspar at the Tabou. The following year, he made his first studio recordings, with Jay Cameron's International Sax Band and Roy Haynes. Though shy, he overcame it, jumped right in, imposed his poetic means of expression. Barney was talented, very talented. It was time fot this child prodigy, who had just represented "French Jazz" at the San Remo Festival, to make a record. Charles Delaunay gave him the chance with Vogue, on Swing, his own label. Tilt combined two sessions. On January 7 Barney pledged allegiance to be-bop, with Dizzy's Night in Tunisia and Blue n' Noogie in his repertoire. The tempos are lively, the Parker vocabulary mastered. But it was the standards that truly revealed Barney's talents. In Nature Boy, a ballad, he conveys a smoothness resembling that of Lester, his model. His velvety voice takes the feeling to the heart of the music.
Four day later, Barney took on Monk, rethought in a new and disconcerting manner, with dissonant harmonic stuctures. Barney feared nothing. His sax carried the Monk clamor with solid assurance, turning the chords inside out and transposing the logic. With four alternate takes and two previously unreleased Monk themes, the Tilt that we are rediscovering today is more complete that ever.
Pierre de Chocqueuse, January 1998, translation Victoria Rummler, from the liner notes

Barney Wilen


1 Blue N' Boogie (Gillespie, Paparelli)  4:22
2 Nature Boy (Ahbez)  4:25
3 My Melancholy Baby (McHugh, Fields)  5:09
4 Night In Tunisia (Gillespie)  4:26
5 The Way You Look Tonight (Kern)  6:53
6 Hackensack (Monk)  5:13
7 Blue Monk (Monk)  4:22
8 Mysterioso (Monk)  4:11
9 Think of One (Monk)  5:33
10 Blue N' Boogie [alt. take] (Gillespi, Paparelli)  3:59
11 Nature Boy [alt. take] (Ahbez)  4:02
12 Hackensack [alt. take] (Monk)  5:05
13 Blue Monk [alt. take] (Monk)  5:14
14 We See (Monk)  5:37
15 Let's Call This (Monk)  6:49


[# 1-5,10-11] Tilt (LP Swing LDM. 30.058)
Barney Wilen - ts
Maurice Vander - p
Benoit Quersin - b
Al Levitt - dr
Recorded in Paris ; January 7, 1957
[# 6-9, 12-15] Barney Wilen Quartet
Barney Wilen - ts
Jackie Cnudde - p
Bibi Rovère - b
Charles Saudrais - dr
Recorded in Paris ; January 11, 1957


Melanchthon said...

lucky5 said...

The first link does not work: : Le fichier demandé n'a pas pu être trouvé.

Fichier introuvable

Melanchthon said...

danair said...

Thanks very much Mel.

Jazzsoulman said...

thank you

lucky5 said...

Thank you very much, Mel!

wouter said...

a welcome upgrade. thank you, Mel!

neil said...

Thanks for both the upgrade and extra tracks, mel...

Historicus said...

This nice record is expired too?
Any chance to see it again here on these roads?
Thanks a lot!