Jazz guitarist, composer and arranger André Condouant, respected by the Americans, well-known also in Europe, was born in Guadeloupe (French West Indies) September 6, 1935. He started performing in 1949 in Guadeloupe as a double-bass player and drummer with local orchestras like the Brunel Averne Orchestra (El Calderón), El Calzado and the Robert Mavounzy Orchestra, with the latter he toured through Indonesia. After moving to Paris in 1957, he had his first engagement as a bass player at 'La Cigale' with the Al Lirvat Orchestra, where he met American musicians like Bart Taylor and Erroll Garner and entered into the world of Jazz. During their engagement at the 'Crazy Horse Saloon', he changed from bass to guitar.
In 1959 André toured Africa, again with Al Lirvat and with Benny Bennett´s Latin dance-orchestra he toured through Tunisia. Back in Paris in 1960, he met Robert Mavounzy and Al Lirvat again, playing at the 'Olympia' in Joséphine Baker's revue "Paris Mes Amour". Towards 1962 André went to Stockholm with Gérard Lavigny, where he met Idrees Sulieman and Leo Wright (former flutist and saxophonist of Dizzy Gillespie). Leo offered him to join his band for a tour to Czechoslovakia (playing at the first Jazz-Festival Prague) and Germany in 1964. From his homebase in Berlin, André toured through Europe with the Leo Wright Quartet and the Lou Benett Trio during the following years. In 1970 he performed at the Barcelona Jazz Festival with Silde Hampton and Art Taylor and also played concerts with Memphis Slim, John Lee Hooker and Roosevelt Sykes.
Shortly after recording his first solo album Brother Meeting in Paris in 1970, he toured Canada with Marius Cultier, meeting Feddie Hubbard. After longer stays in Montreal, Guadeloupe and Martinique he went back to Paris again in 1978, playing concerts with Rhoda Scott. Between 1979 and 1984 André worked with his own band, the André Condouant Quartet, featuring : Alain Jean-Marie, George Brown and Alby Cullaz, playing concerts in clubs in Paris and through France. During the next years André played concerts and performed at several Jazz Festivals in the West Indies (with Al Lirvat, Feddie Hubbard and Stanley Turrentine). Between 1992 and 1994 he played concerts at the 'Petit Opportun' in Paris and at 'La Cave on First' in New York City.
André performed and/or recorded with various musicians, from Gospel to Free Jazz, through Blues and Bebop...
In the midst of preparations for two new projects André Condouant passed away on the 8th of October 2014 at a hospital in Pointe-à-Pitre.
Source : http://www.andrecondouant.de/inhalt/bio1.html
1 Short Play (Jean-Marie) 5:30
2 Groovin' Up (Condouant) 6:19
3 Bongo Bop ( Parker) 4:31
4 Island Song (Condouant) 7:02
5 Skylark (Carmichael) 5:51
6 Hubb's Bag (Condouant) 7:05
7 Al's Groove (Levitt) 2:27
8 Kako (Condouant) 5:55
9 Cosmaunaute (Jean-Marie) 5:30
10 Bubble Gum (Condouant) 5:16
11 Jeanine (Pearson) 4:38
12 Tranes Mirror (Condouant) 6:42
[# 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 & 11]
Alain Jean-Marie - p
Gus Nemeth - b
Al Levitt - dr
Recorded in Paris ; November 26, 1979
[# 2, 4, 6, 8 & 12] André Condouant, Debs HDD 708
André Condouant - g
Alain-Jean-Marie - p
Patrice Caratini - b
Oliver Johnson - dr
Rcorded at SYSMO Studio, Paris ; November 21, 1981
For the full biography please see here