Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Lou Bennett - Enfin !

Before he began performing in the very organist-friendly clubs in the "Big Apple," Lou Bennett (whose real name was Jean-Louis Benoit, his father originally from Martinique) made his debut as a pianist in Baltimore. He tried to forget that period after succumbing to the Hammond organ's charms in 1956 ; he felt too many of his peers couldn't manage to give up their piano technique, thus missing out on the added resource of working vvith the pedal-board. On June 21, 1960, Lou Bennett arrived in Le Havre with his organ, which might as well have been a UFO to customs officials. He did a two-month, then extended engagement at the “Blue Note ” on rue d’Artois and several tours punctuated with festival performances," people everywhere were falling over themselves to hear the organist and his trio, which originally included Jimmy Gourley on guitar. ln 1963, René Thomas replaced him : "We had fun... Lou Bennett was doing well, the trio was doing well, we made a few records. Some of them are good..." Lou Bennett : "Jimmy Raney also had that way of playing melodically. René does it every time, even on a very fast tempo, and tis playing blends wel with the organ." Under such auspices, how could Enfin ! be any thing but a great album ? It's a record to hear over and over, assured as we are of enjoying it just as much, without reservations, every time...
Alain Tercinet (avril 2004), from the booklet (translation - Victoria Rummler)

Lou Bennett
Enfin !

Tracks

1 Moment's Notice (Coltrane)  4:48
2 I Remember Sonny (Thomas)  5:34
3 Loin du Bresil (Laitmen)  4:55
4 Indicatif (Thomas)  0:45
5 Jane (Coleman)  4:39
6 Enfin (Bennett)  5:30
7 J.J. (Johnson)  4:48
8 Indicatif (Thomas)  0:44

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Personnel
Lou Bennett - org
René Thomas - g
Gilbert Rovère - b
Charles Bellonzi - dr

Recorded in Paris ; March 1963

16 comments:

Blue Eyes said...

super post Melanchthon, great session with René!

Frankie said...

Thanks Melanchthon,

I'm not a fan of Hammond organ, but here is a very audible disk!

The duo Bennett / Thomas works and let us hear very enjoyable things :-)

I clearly prefer that to some guitarist trying to go latin by selling peanuts at Acapulco ;-)

BTW: I think there is a pending message in your mailbox ;-)

ita diegues said...

Gracias Melanchthon.

Prof. Yaffle said...

Thank you

Doug said...

Maybe in the future you could repost the Lou Bennett albums.Thanks!

Melanchthon said...

http://www4.zippyshare.com/v/eYdNKwbu/file.html
http://www4.zippyshare.com/v/rMUGuIv4/file.html

moxnix said...

Thanks, Melanchthon, for Lou Bennett, looking forward to the listening experience!

christophe said...

Merci !

neil said...

New to me, mel; many thanks for the opportunity to listen...

jazzyjohnny said...

Much thanks as usual. Great blog and great posts.

deGallo said...

With Rene! Marvelous! Thank you.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Blue Eyes said...

Enfin! :-) (...je plaisante...) *joking*

danair said...

Thanks very much Mel not heard this one!

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks a million Mel. As a great fan of René...

TEO said...

Thanks very very much Mel!!!
Very interesting album!!!