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Claude Bolling: Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio
     

Claude Bolling: Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio

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by Claude Bolling
 

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Claude Bolling's Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano, released in 1976, is a harmonious fusion of classical elegance and breezy jazz that topped the classical charts for more than a decade. Bolling's airy melodies are perfectly tailored to flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal's graceful artistry. It's light fare, for sure, but a class act

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Claude Bolling's Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano, released in 1976, is a harmonious fusion of classical elegance and breezy jazz that topped the classical charts for more than a decade. Bolling's airy melodies are perfectly tailored to flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal's graceful artistry. It's light fare, for sure, but a class act from start to finish. Even the fugues will get your feet tapping. The success of this composition led Bolling to write numerous jazzed-up successors for cellist Yo-Yo Ma, trumpeter Maurice André, violinist Pinchas Zukerman, and others. The original, however, is still the best.

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All Music Guide - Glenn Swan
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 "Véloce" 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.

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Release Date:
09/14/1993
Label:
Milan Records
UPC:
0731383564529
catalogNumber:
35645

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Claude Bolling: Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an enjoyable recording for both classical and jazz music lovers. Rampal is great as always and the piano, bass, and drums keep things fun.