Monday, May 1, 2017

Henri Renaud - Trio, Sextet & All Stars

Henri Renaud gained a strong reputation in the 1950's, organizing and playing on dates with many top American jazzmen who were visiting France. Renaud started on the violin when he was five, switching to piano three years later. After moving to Paris in 1946, Renaud played with tenor-saxophonist Jean-Claude Fohrenbach's group, accompanying such players as Don Byas, James Moody and Roy Eldridge during 1949-50. In 1952 he put together his own band which at different times worked with Lester Young, Sarah Vaughan and Clifford Brown. Brown recorded extensively with Renaud in 1953. In 1954 Renaud went to the United States and made a series of records (producing and playing piano) with such top American greats as Milt Jackson, J.J. Johnson, Al Cohn, Oscar Pettiford, Max Roach, Frank Foster and Bob Brookmeyer; most of the records were released on the Vogue or Swing labels. Renaud visited New York in 1959 (playing with Philly Jo Jones) but soon returned to Paris where he worked with Kenny Clarke and Buck Clayton. In 1964 he became the head of French CBS' jazz division, began producing shows for radio and television, and he largely stopped playing piano, remaining active as a record producer for decades.
Scott Yanow

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Henri Renaud
Trio, Sextet & All Stars


1 You're a Lucky Guy (Cahn)  3:45
2 You Stepped out of a Dream (Kahn)  3:35
3 It's De-Lovely (Porter)  2:52
4 Not Really the Blues (Mandel)  2:10
5 My Heart Belongs to Daddy (Porter)  4:04
6 Changing My Tune (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:58
7 I Love You (Porter)  3:05
8 Who Cares ? (Gershwin, Gershwin)  2:53
9 Sextius (Renaud)  3:32
10 Influence (Renaud)  3:40
11 Guitaristic (Thomas)  3:51
12 Imy (Renaud)  3:37
13 Dialogue (Chevalier)  3:15
14 Clockworm (Gryce)  3:16
15 Paris Je t'aime (Grey)  4:12
16 Mahogany Hall Stomp (Williams)  3:27
17 Thou Swell (Hart)  4:54
18 You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To (Porter)  5:02
19 Doctor Wiggins (Boland)  6:00


[# 1-8] Henri Renaud Trio & Jimmy Gourley
Henri Renaud - p
Jimmy Gourley - g
Pierre Michelot - b
Jean-Louis Viale - dr
Recorded in Paris ; October 5, 1953
[# 9-14] Henri Renaud Sextet
Henri Renaud - p
Christian Kellens - tb
Jean-Louis Chautemps - ts
René Thomas - g
Benoît Quersin - b
Jacques David - dr
Recorded in Paris ; June 9, 1955
[# 15-19] Henri Renaud All-Stars
New Sounds From France
Henri Renaud - p
Jean Liesse - tp
Benny Vasseur - tb
Georges Barboteu - fr hrn
Sandy Mosse - ts
André Ross - ts
William Boucaya - bs
Jean-Louis Chautemps - bs
Jimmy Gourley - g
Benoît Quersin - b
Jean-Louis Viale - dr
Francy Boland - arr.
Recorded in Paris ; April 10, 1953


swingingduck said...

The more I'm listening to all these French guys playin', the more I'm delighted with their art, and all that thanks to you Mel.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to listen to all this beatiful music.

stringbender said...

Thank you for posting this exceptional item featuring two great guitarists, Rene Thomas and Jimmy Gourley.

Blue Eyes said...

René Thomas is my favourite jazz guitarist, thanks Melanchthon for this album !

Orbyt said...

Fantastic! Thank you Mel.

Anonymous said...

Vive la France ! Merci Monsieur de me permettre d'entendre cette musique ... Vive la France...

pepper67 said...

Wow, never heard him before...this blew me away!!


rm said...

merci beaucoup

duck said...

Another gem, Mel, Missed it before but not this time, thanks again.

Chris said...

Thanks Mel these French guys knew how to perform jazz

Historicus said...

Great, love it!!!

Fred Archtop said...

French jazz at its best ! Thanks a million Mel.

deGallo said...

Marvelous! Thank you. Rene Thomas!!!!!! Yes!

adakun said...

Graciassss Mel!!

francisco santos said...

files are dead, WHY?...only got a few days
re post, please...

Historicus said...

I'm sorry bothering you but can you please reupload this record, all files have been removed by the server in a the quickst mode ....

thanks anyway!

AmyBRAINS said...

Hello Melanchthon
All link have been removed.
Can you reupload this record, please.
Thanks in advance, Melanchthon.

AmyBRAINS said...

Sorry again, Melancthon.
In Zippyshare you can see this message: "File does not exist on this server".
Can you ost again this album
Thanks a lot.

José Guzmán Castilla said...

True, sadly they were deleted again!
Mel, could you please re-upload them whenever you have the chance?
Thanks in advance! Regards from Colombia!

Historicus said...

Yes, I add that this marvelous release isn't on line anymore, a reupload to the new server would be very appreciated!!
Thanks in advance M. for your excellent - unique - job!!!


Historicus said...

.... what a great news to see this magnificient album reuploaded!
1.000.000 thanks!!!!!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

AmyBRAINS said...

Finally the GEM.
Tnaks a lot, Melanchthon.

rev.b said...

"File does not exist on this server" for all three links. I really don't understand what the issue is, but for some reason.....

k8track said...

Unfortunately, I'm having the same problem as rev.b above, the links are dead. Would love to hear this. Thanks as always!

José Guzmán Castilla said...

Yes ... The removed them again ... :/

francisco santos said...


Kovina Kris said...

FYI - file expired. Just thought you might want to know.

Melanchthon said...

Yves Supiot said...

Very great blog. Thank You.
Et je confirme René Thomas est un TRES GRAND guitariste.

daniel genovese said...

Thank you.

francisco santos said...

at lasr i am free, i can hardly see in front of me
''Robert Wyatt''

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you very much for re-posting this Mel! On it's way!