Saturday, September 24, 2016

Barney Wilen - Jazz Sur Seine

Tenor saxophonist Barney Wilen was not quite 21 years old at the time of this meeting with Milt Jackson, Percy Heath, and Kenny Clarke, three veterans of the Modern Jazz Quartet. But the young man is surprising mature and confident throughout the session, interpreting several of Django Reinhardt's compositions, along with a few by his French contemporaries and a pair of his own works. What's surprising about this session is the rare opportunity to hear Jackson exclusively as a pianist, as his playing is a bit more reserved than on vibes. The leader digs into his rhythm section's element with his original "B.B.B. (Bag's Barney Blues)," giving them a full chorus before making a convincing statement himself. The quartet's fluid arrangement of Thelonious Monk's "Epistrophy" swings. Percussionist Gana M'Bow is added for both "Swing 39" and "Minor Swing" to add an exotic touch. Wilen easily holds his own on his first major meeting on a record date with major American jazz stars. This excellent CD is part of Verve International's affordable midline Jazz in Paris reissue series.
Ken Dryden

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Barney Wilen
Jazz sur Seine


1 Swing 39 (Reinhardt)  4:29
2 Vamp (Reinhardt)  4:20
3 Ménilmontant (Trénet)  3:35
4 John's Groove (Fol)  3:40
5 B.B.B. (Bag's Barney Blues) (Wilen)  6:38
6 Swingin' Parisian Rhythm (Jazz Sur Seine) (Wilen)  4:29
7 J'ai ta main (Trénet)  2:21
8 Nuages (Reinhardt)  5:52
9 La Route Enchantée (Trénet)  3:06
10 Que reste-t-il de nos amours ? (Trénet)  2:47
11 Minor Swing (Grappelli, Reinhardt) 3:48
12 Epistrophy (Clarke, Monk)  2:45


Barney Wilen - ts
Milt Jackson - p
Percy Heath - b
Kenny Clarke - dr
Gana M'Bow - prc [# 1 & 11]

Recorded in Paris ; February 13 & 14, 1958


deGallo said...

Thank you.

blbs said...

Finesse... Thank you very much!

Chris said...

Thanks Mel a great period in Wilen's career

FrankDell said...


AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Jazzsoulman said...

Many Thanks

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel!

grumpy said...

Many thanks!

Melanchthon said...

Anonymous said...

It is gettin harder and harder to keep up with you, MM. I can not get enough of Willen, thanks so much.

Anonymous said...

... and, if it was not for you, MM, i would have never heard Ruby Braff & George Barnes Quartet's "The Blue Room".

jazzandylan said...

Many thanks Mel - a Barney Wilen I've not heard.

neil said...

Yet another one I missed first time around; many thanks for rectivating the links, mel..

sandor essedy said...

Grand merci pour ce Wilen que je n'avais pas encore.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Kovina Kris said...

Never heard of Wilen. Thanks!