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Claude Bolling - Suite For Flute And Jazz Piano [Columbia M 33233] (1975)

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Artist:

Claude Bolling

Title:

Suite For Flute And Jazz Piano

Released: 1975
Label: Columbia
Catalog: M 33233
Genre: Jazz
T R A C K L I S T:
01 Baroque And Blue
02 Sentimentale
03 Javanaise
04 Fugace
05 Irlandaise
06 Versatile (With Bass Flute)
07 Veloce
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Glenn Swan [allmusic.com]

Jean-Pierre Rampal may never get down and dirty on this album, considered "his first jazz recording," but the music is nonetheless infectious, breezy, playful, and crystal clear. The legendary flutist is so technically accomplished that anything too "swinging" from him seems a bit stiff, but this is where drummer Marcel Sabiani, bassist Mel Young, and legendary jazz pianist (and friend of Duke Ellington) Claude Bolling take over, all making these compositions seem jazzier than they are on paper. As an example, both "Baroque and Blue" and "Sentimentale" flirt with the morning air, with themes that somewhat separate Rampal's fluttering passages from all the hipster riffs. Track for track, note for note, there is nothing substandard about these "clazzical" hybrids. "Fugace" is a great countermelody express elevator, delightful in its energy and polish. "Javanaise" takes it slow enough for Charlie Brown to waltz about on the ice-skating rink. "Versatile" is a bouncy little trapeze act on the bass flute, and "Veloce" is a fantastic race to the wedding altar, a fantastic balance of tension and release, a nail-biter, a Buster Keaton melodrama, a cream pie in the face, and a precise exclamation mark to close the album. Here and there, Bolling and company manage to get Rampal to loosen his tie. Slightly. It's not quite jazz, but it's still spellbinding music.


Claude Bolling - Concerto For Classic Guitar And Jazz Piano [RCA Red Seal FRL1-0149] (1976)

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Artist:

Claude Bolling

Title:

Concerto For Classic Guitar And Jazz Piano

Released: 1976
Label: RCA Red Seal
Catalog: FRL1-0149
Genre: Jazz, Classical


T R A C K L I S T:

Concerto For Classic Guitar And Jazz Piano

01 I. Hispanic Dance (With A Blues Touch)
02 II. Mexicaine
03 III. Invention
04 IV. Serenade
05 V. Rhapsodie
06 VI. Africaine
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Richard S. Ginell [allmusic.com]

With the success of his Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio, Claude Bolling had stumbled upon a cottage industry: round up a willing classical soloist regardless of instrument, let him be himself, insert a piano part that plays ambassador between the classical and jazz camps, and voila! a neat little crossover record. The Guitar Concerto is one of the best manifestations of Bolling's personal solution to the perennial Third Stream puzzle, incorporating Spanish ideas into the guitar part, moving his piano in and out of the jazz rhythms with an easy Continental elegance, coming up with attractive pastiche tunes in the baroque and classical idioms. The 5/4 theme and guitar/piano juxtapositions of ''Hispanic Dance'' remind one of Dave Brubeck's famous experiments in odd meters, and ''Serenade'' makes delicious use of a bossa nova groove. The Greek/Italian classical guitarist Alexander Lagoya is the sharp-edged soloist; Bolling is equally at home in both stylistic camps (though the piano is sometimes a wee bit out of tune), and Michel Gaudry (bass) and Marcel Sabiani (drums) make up the rhythm section.


Claude Bolling - Suite For Violin And Jazz Piano [CBS M 35128] (1978)

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Artist:

Claude Bolling

Title:

Suite For Violin And Jazz Piano

Released: 1978
Label: CBS
Catalog: M 35128
Genre: Jazz / Chamber
T R A C K L I S T:
01 Romance
02 Caprice
03 Gavotte
04 Tango (with viola)
05 Slavonic Dance (with a swing)
06 Ragtime
07 Valse Lente
08 Hora
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Features Pinchas Zuckerman on violin.


Claude Bolling - Picnic Suite [CBS M 35864] (1980)

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Title:

Picnic Suite

Released: 1980
Label: CBS
Catalog: M 35864
Genre: Jazz / Chamber
T R A C K L I S T:
01 Rococo
02 Madrigal
03 Gaylancholic
04 Fantasque
05 Canon
06 Tendre
07 Badine
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Features Jean-Pierre Rampal and Alexandre Lagoya.


Claude Bolling - Suite For Chamber Orchestra And Jazz Piano Trio [CBS FM 37798] (1983)

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Artist:

Claude Bolling

Title:

Suite For Chamber Orchestra And Jazz Piano Trio

Released: 1983
Label: CBS
Catalog: FM 37798
Genre: Jazz / Chamber
T R A C K L I S T:
01 Gracieuse
02 Sereine
03 Enjouee
04 Aria / Animee
05 Brillante
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Features Jean-Pierre Rampal and the English Chamger Orchestra.


Claude Bolling - Claude Bolling Big Band ''Live At The Meridien'' [CBS FM 39245] (1984)

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Title:

Claude Bolling Big Band ''Live At The Meridien''

Released: 1984
Label: CBS
Catalog: FM 39245
Genre: Big Band, Jazz
T R A C K L I S T:
01 Jazzomania
02 La Piege
03 Genevieve
04 Africaine
05 Le Coeur A Ses Raisons
06 Barbuflux
07 Coup De Chapeau
08 Lagaffe
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Scott Yanow [allmusic.com]

In 1984, Claude Bolling's 18-piece orchestra performed eight of his originals during a recorded live concert in Paris. The music is influenced by Duke Ellington, although Bolling's own musical personality often peaks through during his arrangements. The music is not overly memorable as a whole, but there are some good moments, particularly from such soloists as trumpeter Fernand Verstraete, trombonist Benny Vasseur, tenorman Andre Villeger and pianist Bolling himself.

Claude Bolling's biography

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Pianist, composer, producer, and bandleader Claude Bolling enjoyed his first successes as a kingpin in the mainland European trad jazz movement of the 1950s and '60s. A skilled pianist who was heavily influenced by Duke Ellington, Teddy Wilson, Earl Hines, and Art Tatum, he also persisted in performing ragtime and old-style jazz during the years when U.S. and European pop culture was dominated by Elvis Presley and the Beatles. Beginning in 1975, Bolling created his own personal micro-genre of classical crossover chamber jazz, composing and recording entire suites that featured several of the world's most highly acclaimed virtuosi. While decades of devotion to ragtime, blues, New Orleans jazz, boogie-woogie and swing have earned him a faithful following throughout much of Europe, Bolling is best known in North America for his numerous albums of accessibly presented suites written and arranged specifically for classical soloists and a mainstream jazz rhythm section.

Claude Bolling was born in Cannes, France on April 10, 1930. A child piano prodigy, his primary jazz influence was Duke Ellington. The small band he assembled in 1945 drew inspiration from old time New Orleans jazz legends like Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, and Sidney Bechet as well as the groups led by Ellington sidemen Johnny Hodges, Rex Stewart, Barney Bigard, and Cootie Williams. This blend of interests would soon place him on common ground with his almost exact contemporary, Britain's premier trad jazz bandleader, Chris Barber. In 1948 Bolling accompanied legendary blues vocalist Bertha Chippie Hill and subsequently gigged with trumpeters Roy Eldridge and Cat Anderson, cornetist Rex Stewart, saxophonist Paul Gonsalves, and vibraphonist Lionel Hampton. He formed and began leading his own orchestra in 1955, eventually naming it the Show Bizz Band.

During the 1960s Bolling demonstrated a keen business sense by supplementing his jazz oriented recording and bandleading activities with hectic and, one hopes, lucrative service as creator, producer, and manager of Les Parisiennes, a female pop vocal quartet who specialized in rapid-fire novelty numbers, synchronized movement, and brightly patterned mod-a-go-go outfits. He also composed quite a lot of incidental and theme music for films and television (including "Borsalino," "Netchaiev Est de Retour," and "Les Brigandes du Tigre"), while expanding his knowledge and interpretive range to include early modern jazz pianists like Erroll Garner, Thelonious Monk, Oscar Peterson, George Shearing, and Horace Silver in addition to swing and stride favorites Fats Waller, Count Basie, and Willie "The Lion" Smith.

When the cheery opening bars of "Baroque and Blue" began emanating from radios and stereo phonographs throughout the U.S. in 1975, both Bolling and flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal quickly became household names among listeners who enjoyed both jazz and European chamber music as some of the melodies seemed to reflect the sunny influence of Jacques Ibert. The mingling of these currents worked nicely on the album Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio, and the record sold well, not least for its clever cover illustration depicting an anthropomorphized piano and a sublood_sweat_tearsantially upsized flute relaxing together in a hotel bed. The fact that the flute was blowing smoke rings gave the entire picture a humorously post-coital twist.

Bolling returned to the jazz/classical format many times, teaming up with a series of star soloists including guitarist Alexander Lagoya, violinist Pinchas Zukerman, trumpeter Maurice Andre, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, flautist Elana Duran. and pianists Emanuel Ax and Jean-Bernard Pommier. Bolling's two-piano inventions were composed in sonata form, and a "Suite for Piano and Chamber Orchestra" also emerged from his fertile imagination. In later years Bolling collaborated with jazz violinist Stephane Gralan_parsonselli and vocalist Guy Marchand, hosted numerous tributes to Duke Ellington and led a successful big band. His perseverance and longevity were rewarded with renewed interest in his many accomplishments, including of course Les Parisiennes, whose complete works were reissued shortly after the turn of the millennium in several eye-catching retrospective collections.
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