Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Bernard Peiffer voit la Vie en Rose

Bernard Peiffer was a popular pianist on the French jazz scene throughout a good part of the 1950s. This compilation collects a series of sessions (including both solo and trio dates) recorded in 1952 and 1953. Peiffer's approach to the piano is obviously influenced by Erroll Garner to a certain extent, especially on standards like "Jeepers Creepers" and "Lady Be Good." But he's also a compelling bop pianist, offering an impressive performance of Charlie Parker's "Steeplechase." His inventive approach to "Caravan" (heard in two separate takes) incorporates a dramatic shift in the bassline, adding a bit of stride piano in spots. Peiffer shows off his classical background in his dramatic showpiece "Toccata" (which was influenced in part by Johann Sebastian Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor), though this is very much a jazz piece. None of these titles have previously been issued outside of France, so this "Jazz in Paris" series reissue is a treasure awaiting discovery by jazz fans everywhere.
Ken Dryden

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Bernard Peiffer
La Vie en Rose


1 La Vie en Rose (Piaf, Louihuy)  2:29
2 Ballad in Paris (Peiffer ?)  3:19
3 Jeepers Creepers (Mercer, Warren)  3:35
4 Hit That Jive Jack (Alston, Tolbert)  2:55
5 Oh Lady, Be Good (Gershwin, Gershwin)  2:30
6 Jalousie (Bloom, gade)  2:56
7 Don't Blame Me (Fields, McHugh)  2:43
8 Sometimes I'm Happy (Caesar, Youmans)  2:57
9 Jingles Bells (Pierpont)  2:33
10 Tired Blues (Peiffer)  2:39
11 Almost Like Being in Love (Lerner, Loewe)  3:22
12 Steeplechase (Parker)  2:49
13 Liza (Gershwin, Kahn)  2:52
14 Yesterdays (Harbach, Kahn)  3:08
15 Midday on on the Camps Elysées (Rocherolle)  2:49
16 Slow Burn (Peiffer ?)  2:55
17 Caravan (Mills, Tizol, Ellington)  3:10
18 Caravan [alternate] (Mills, Tizol, Ellington)  3:03
19 Jalousie [alternate] (Bloom, Gade)  3:07
20 Toccata (Peiffer)  4:18
21 Prélude (Peiffer)  4:25


[# 19-20]
Bernard Peiffer - p
Recorded Paris ; March 3, 1952
[# 6, 17 & 18]
Bernard Peiffer - p
Recorded Paris ; March 12, 1952
[# 1-4 & 10]
Bernard Peiffer - p
Pierre Michelot - b
Jean-Louis Viale - dr
Recorded Paris ; March 31, 1952
[# 5, 7, 8 & 12]
Bernard Peiffer - p
Joe Benjamin - b
Bill Clark - dr
Recorded Paris ; April 4, 1952
[# 16]
Bernard Peiffer - p
Pierre Michelot - b
Jean-Louis Viale - dr
Recorded Paris ; December 20, 1952
[# 9, 11, 13-15]
Same as above
Recorded Paris ; March 23, 1953

Reissue of the Blue Star discs
10" LP's 6808 [# 1-8] & 6829 [# 9-16], 78rpm 260 [#17] & 45rpm 8003 [# 20-21].
[# 18-19] are previously unreleased


Anonymous said...

Thank you very much!

Frank said...

Thanks for the very interesting Bernard Peiffer!

FrankDell said...

The previous Bernard Peiffer you brought to my attention was wonderful. Looking forward to this.

duck said...

Thanks again Mel, this is a new one for me.

jazzfan1 said...

Would love to have "modern jazz for people who like original music" by BP (Laurie), and also "The Astounding BP" (Decca). Many of his original compositions on these. Anything by him is welcome. Seriously underrecognized.

Unknown said...

How about The Astounding Bernard Peiffer on Decca? Somebody has to have a clean copy of this one.

Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

Marvelous! Thank you.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

AmyBRAINS said...


jazzfan1 said...

If possible:

Bernard Peiffer, Piano A La Mood, The Pied Peiffer Of The Piano, The Astounding Bernard Peiffer -- all on Decca/Brunswick, I think.

Kovina Kris said...

New guy for me. Thank you!

MichaelW said...

Could you please reup this one? Thanks.

WOODY said...

Hi Mel,
after sharing the "Bernie's Tune" album it would be very fine to reupp this album too. Especially one tune will make happy any jazz-piano-lover when Bernie plays his "Ballad in Paris" in style of Erroll Garner!