Jazz in Paris, Vol. 1: Champs-lys‚es 1917-1949 [Box]

Performers Various Artists

March 17, 2008 | Compact Disc

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This three-CD box set is the first of four volumes -- each representing a quarter of the city and a chronological period -- that are designated companions to the 100 albums in the Jazz in Paris collection. This box covers the widest range chronologically, and does a fine job of juxtaposing American jazz masters playing the city -- in some cases relocating there -- and showcasing the burgeoning French and European jazz scenes as well. What is beautiful about the assemblage here is that nothing is organized strictly by chronology. Instead, the notion of a journey up and down the famed street is pursued. Locations on the Champs-lys‚es are chosen, such as the legendary cabaret Boeuf sur le Toit, (invented by Jean Cocteau). Some of the music here was actually recorded live at the club as well as at the various night spots and theaters surrounding it. In fact, the box's first cut is actually by Cocteau with the Dan Parrish Orchestra from 1929. Also assembled here are a beautiful read of "Mood Indigo" by pianist Garland Wilson from 1933 and a beautiful "Farewell Blues," recorded by Benny Carter in 1938 with Django Reinhardt and Fletcher Allen. Reinhardt is recorded at the Boeuf sur le Toit in 1947 with the house band, and later with the Hot Club of France. Other French jazz on Vol. 1 comes from the French Jazz Quintette, the Swing Royal Orchestre Musette, and Christian Bellest. American expatriates Sidney Bechet, Josephine Baker, Bill Coleman, and Don Byas are here as well. The package is lavishly illustrated with a 60-page booklet featuring tons of rare photographs of the street and culture as well as musicians and clubs. There are concert programs, reproductions of record covers, and excellent liner notes, personal reminiscences, footnotes, etc. -- all of them in both French and English lexicons. The price is very attractive, making each of these four volumes almost irresistible to historical jazz fans. ~ Thom Jurek

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Released Date: March 17, 2008

Genre: Bebop

Style: Jazz Instrument

UPC: 602498125533

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Jazz in Paris, Vol. 1: Champs-lys‚es 1917-1949 [Box]

Performers Various Artists

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: March 17, 2008

Genre: Bebop

Style: Jazz Instrument

UPC: 602498125533


Title Track Time
0.DISC 1: AUTOUR DU BOEUF SUR LE TOIT: --
1.Toison d'or/Holidays - Jean Cocteau --
2.Mood Indigo - Garland Wilson --
3.I'm Leavin' For Albany - Josephine Baker --
4.J'ai Deux Amours - Sam Wooding --
5.Farewell Blues - Benny Carter --
6.Josette - Orchestre Musette "Swing Royal" --
7.L'Oeil Noir - Joseph Reinhardt --
8.Loin - Le Quintette Francais --
9.Palm Beach - Andre Ekyan --
10.67 Rue Couperin - Christian Bellest --
11.Michou - Michel Warlop --
12.Minor Blues - Django Reinhardt --
13.Danse Norv‚gienne - Django Reinhardt --
14.Swamp Mist - Rex Stewart --
15.I'm Confessin' - Rex Stewart --
16.Laura - Don Byas --
17.Somebody Loves Me - New Stars of the Hot Club de France --
18.Mad Monk - Tyree Glenn --
19.Nicole - Howard McGhee --
20.Convulsions - James Moody --
21.Margie - Sidney Bechet --
22.St. James Infirmary - Bill Coleman --
0.DISC 2: EN REMONTANT LE CHAMPS-ELYSEES: --
1.Jumpin' at Pleyel - Bill Coleman --
2.Stompin' at the Savoy - Bernard Peiffer --
3.Venez Donc Chez Moi - Henri Renaud --
4.Chasin' Sarah - Ronnell Bright --
5.Swing 42 - St‚phane Grappelli --
6.Vega Blues - Andre Ekyan --
7.Tire, Tire L'Aiguille - Mary Lou Williams --
8.Sweet and Lovely - Dizzy Gillespie --
9.Sad Walk - Chet Baker --
10.What Is Thing Called Love? - Art Simmons --
11.Night in Tunisia, A - Buddy Banks --
12.Cherokee - Raymond Fol --
13.Blue Rondo a la Turk - Elek Bacsik --
14.Down in the Depths on the 90th Floor - Blossom Dearie --
15.Man I Love, The - Jack Dieval --
16.Trombones a Tout Faire - Michel Legrand --
0.DISC 3: MINUIT SUR LES CHAMPS: --
1.Florence Sur les Champs-Elysees - Miles Davis --
2.Bag's Groove - Eddy Louiss --
3.Dance of the Infidels - Art Blakey --
4.Moment's Notice - Slide Hampton --
5.Meeting - Ren‚ Thomas --
6.Three Little Words - Lester Young --
7.Blues on the Champs-Elysees - Joe Newman --
8.Blue Lester - Maurice Vander --
9.When the World Was Young - Stan Getz --
10.That's All - Sarah Vaughan --

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This three-CD box set is the first of four volumes -- each representing a quarter of the city and a chronological period -- that are designated companions to the 100 albums in the Jazz in Paris collection. This box covers the widest range chronologically, and does a fine job of juxtaposing American jazz masters playing the city -- in some cases relocating there -- and showcasing the burgeoning French and European jazz scenes as well. What is beautiful about the assemblage here is that nothing is organized strictly by chronology. Instead, the notion of a journey up and down the famed street is pursued. Locations on the Champs-lys‚es are chosen, such as the legendary cabaret Boeuf sur le Toit, (invented by Jean Cocteau). Some of the music here was actually recorded live at the club as well as at the various night spots and theaters surrounding it. In fact, the box's first cut is actually by Cocteau with the Dan Parrish Orchestra from 1929. Also assembled here are a beautiful read of "Mood Indigo" by pianist Garland Wilson from 1933 and a beautiful "Farewell Blues," recorded by Benny Carter in 1938 with Django Reinhardt and Fletcher Allen. Reinhardt is recorded at the Boeuf sur le Toit in 1947 with the house band, and later with the Hot Club of France. Other French jazz on Vol. 1 comes from the French Jazz Quintette, the Swing Royal Orchestre Musette, and Christian Bellest. American expatriates Sidney Bechet, Josephine Baker, Bill Coleman, and Don Byas are here as well. The package is lavishly illustrated with a 60-page booklet featuring tons of rare photographs of the street and culture as well as musicians and clubs. There are concert programs, reproductions of record covers, and excellent liner notes, personal reminiscences, footnotes, etc. -- all of them in both French and English lexicons. The price is very attractive, making each of these four volumes almost irresistible to historical jazz fans. ~ Thom Jurek
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