Sunday, May 7, 2017

Leonard Feather's Jazz Club U.S.A. presents/Jimmy Raney Visits Paris #1

As part of Leonard Feather's "Jazz Club U.S.A." European tour in early 1954, guitarist Raney is presented in the fine company of pianist Sonny Clark, bassist Red Mitchell and drummer Bobby White. The music on this date, as well as the recording quality, is superb for its time. Raney and Mitchell had worked together in Red Norvo's trio, while Clark and White were the rhythmic anchors in Buddy DeFranco's group. One can't help but compare the sensitive yet energetic approach that Raney and Clark have toward their respective instruments. Both musicians have a truly artful touch with very clear articulation, never sounding hurried or arbitrary, or getting in the other's way. There are some lovely quartet interpretations of standard tunes, plus a piano trio rendition of "Once In a While." Listen to Red Mitchell's bass take the melody on "You Go to My Head" supported by Clark and Raney's sympathetic comping.
Lee Bloom

Source :

Jimmy Raney
Visits Paris
[Leonard Feather's Jazz Club U.S.A. presents]


1 Stella by Starlight (Washington, Young)  4:31
2 Pennies from Heaven (Burke, Johnston)  3:17
3 You Go to My Head (Coots, Gillespie)  6:04
4 Yesterdays (Harbach, Kern)  3:01
5 There Will Never Be Another You (Gordon, Warren)  4:28
6 Body and Soul (Eyton, Green, Heyman, Sour)  3:38
7 Once in a While (Edwards, Green)  4:32


Jimmy Raney - g
Sonny Clarke - p
Red Mitchell - b
Bobby White - dr

Recorded in Paris ; February 6, 1954

Complete session (alt. takes) here


Here we have another case of Vogue's inaccurate labels. In addition to the careless naming of "What's New ?" as What's Knew, they make no mention of a trumpet for this number or "Love For Sale", though there is definitely one.
He is Roger Geurin (or should it be Guerin ? the label spells it one way, the sleeve notes the other) heard also in "Dinah". The sleeve notes describe him as a Miles Davis disciple. If that is meant to mean anything approaching the equal of Davis, I am afraid it is almost as much of an exaggeration as the claims made for Bobby Jaspar on the sleeve of his earlier reviewed LP, inferred again in the sleeve of this one in the statement that "Bobby's cool stylings completely knocked Jimmy Raney out."
Gramophone, August 1954, p. 64
E. J.

Source :

Jimmy Raney
Visits Paris, vol. 1


1 Très Chouette (Raney)  4:32
2 Imagination (Burke, VanHeusen)  4:40
3 Dinah (Akst, Lewis, Young)  4:03
4 Love for Sale (Porter)  3:03
5 Have You Met Miss Jones ? (Hart, Rodgers)  5:26
6 What's New ? (Burke, Haggart)  4:23


Jimmy Raney - g
Bobby Jaspar - ts [# 1, 2, 4 & 5]
Roger Guérin - tp [# 3, 4 & 6]
Maurice Vand[e]r - p
Jean-Marie-Ingrand - b
Jean-Louis Viale - dr

Recorded in Paris ; February 10, 1954

Complete session (vol. 1 & 2) here


L.O.L. said...

Thanks, Mel:)

L.O.L. said...

Merry Christmas!!!! ;)

ita diegues said...

Thank you MElanchthon Merry Christmas & Happy NEw Year.

VOURTSIS said...

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PlantDoctor53 said...

Thank you Melanchthon. Happy Holidays.

Blue Eyes said...

Yeah, thank you very much Mel for this Japanese reissue, Merry Christmas to you and your family!

dantzig65 said...

Thank you Mel. Happy 2012.

jerry g said...

many thanks and happy holidays

swingingduck said...

Thank you Mel.
Merry Christmas and best wishes to you and you family.

deGallo said...

Thank you Mel.

Danneau said...

merci pour les deux Jimmy Raney, et meilleurs voeux pour le nouvel an.

Jonathan F. King said...

Oh, good -- another LP I don't have to digitize! Thanks for the effort, M.

birin said...

Muchas gracias por Raney
Un saludo

Peter said...

Thank you Mel!

rubberduck said...

Many thanks MEL

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks again Mel!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

ProfessorCalculus said...

Thanks Mel.

chuchuni said...

Excellent - again. Many thanks, Mel.

Newlyner said...

Great post Mel. Many thanks for this one and all your efforts during the last year.

musician3 said...

EXCELLENT........................THANK YOU FOR ALL

bender c said...

Enlaces muertos quisiera tener este solo tengo el volume 2

Melanchthon said...

E S said...

Of course, as the many francophone jazz fans on this blog, it is Roger Guérin - French trumpet great who layed up until the early 1990s if I remember correctly.
Thanks for this and all the other amazing shares on this blog.
And a shout out to Kovina Kris for the photo of Vin !

Carlos Tibau said...

Thank you so much