Wednesday, August 3, 2016

René Thomas - The Real Cat

Belgian guitarist René Thomas was one of the leading lights of the Parisian hardbop scene in the 50s — and this is some of his greatest work from the time ! The CD features 16 tracks pulled from a rare LP and EP — and the work features Thomas' guitar in the company of some of a lively quintet featuring either André Ross or Serge Monville on tenor sax, and either René Urtreger or Roland Ronchaud on piano. The work cooks in a way that some of Thomas' other records don't always do — with a straight tight hardbop feeling that's lean and clean throughout. Titles include "Shine", "L'Imbécile", "How About You", "The Real Cat", and "Night In Tunisia".
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René Thomas
The Real Cat


1 L'Imbécile (Thomas)  3:13
2 How About You ? (Freed, Lane)  2:35
3 All The Things You Are (Hammerstein, Kern)  3:40
4 Relaxin' At The Grand Balcon (Thomas)  3:15
5 The Continental (Magidson, Conrad)  2:52
6 There Will Never Be Another You (Gordon, Warren)  2:25
7 Lover Man (Davis, Ramirez, Sherman)  3:37
8 If I Had You (Shapiro, Campbell, Connely)  4:10
9 Shine (Dabney, Mack, Brown)  2:55
10 My Old Flame (Coslow, Johnston)  4:45
11 Goodnight Wherever You Are (Robertson, Hoffman, Weldon)  4:00
12 Easy To Love (Porter)  2:48
13 The Real Cat (Thomas)  4:13
14 Someone To Watch Over Me (Gershwin)  3:16
15 Get Happy (Arlen, Koehler)  3:13
16 A Night In Tunisia (Gillespie, Paparelli)  4:36


[# 1, 3 & 8] René Thomas and His Orchestra (Barclay LP 84 030)
René Thomas - g
André Ross - ts
René Urtreger - p
Benoit Quersin - b
Jean-Louis Viale - dr
[# 2, 4-7] René Thomas and His Orchestra (Barclay LP 84 030)
René Thomas - g
René Urtreger - p
Benoit Quersin - b
Jean-Louis Viale - dr
[# 9-16] René Thomas Modern Group (Polydor Ep's 20 706 & 20 707)
René Thomas - g
Serge Monville - ts
Roland Ronchaud - p
Benoit Quersin - b
José Bourguignon - dr

Recorded at the Studio Magellan, Paris ; April 17, 1954  [# 1, 3 & 8] ; April 17, 1954 [# 2, 4-7] ; & Paris ; March 22, 1956  [# 9-16]

See also, with beautiful pictures, 


jose arboleda said...

Muchas Gracias.

CrunchyFrog said...

very nice - thank you!

ProfessorCalculus said...

Thanks a lot Mel, for the great Jazz and Classical stuff.....Top notch items.

FrankDell said...


Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

The great RT! Thank you.

Peter said...

Dear Melanchthon,
new to me, thank you.

Blue Eyes said...

Super! I've this one, love especially the session of the "René Thomas Modern Group", many thanks Mel for the link about the beautiful pictures!

A René fan! ;)

francisco santos said...


alfred venison said...

thank you again. -cheers, a.v.

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Fantastic René Thomas!
Thank you very very much Mel

Kovina Kris said...

Nice to add this to the Rene Thomas section of my hard drive. Thank you Mel!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You