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French Cooking

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Jazz journalist Mike Hennessey was responsible for putting together the Paris Reunion Band, a group of jazz all-stars who spent at least part of their careers based in Paris. Their debut album, French Cooking, was a studio date recorded in the summer of 1985, around the time of their first European tour. The band includes saxophonists Johnny Griffin and Nathan Davis, trumpeters Woody Shaw and Dizzy Reece, trombonist Slide Hampton, pianist Kenny Drew, bassist Jimmy Woode, and drummer Billy Brooks. Most of the musicians made names for themselves while living in their U.S. homeland except for Reece, a Jamaica native. Nathan Davis is probably the least familiar name in the front...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Jazz journalist Mike Hennessey was responsible for putting together the Paris Reunion Band, a group of jazz all-stars who spent at least part of their careers based in Paris. Their debut album, French Cooking, was a studio date recorded in the summer of 1985, around the time of their first European tour. The band includes saxophonists Johnny Griffin and Nathan Davis, trumpeters Woody Shaw and Dizzy Reece, trombonist Slide Hampton, pianist Kenny Drew, bassist Jimmy Woode, and drummer Billy Brooks. Most of the musicians made names for themselves while living in their U.S. homeland except for Reece, a Jamaica native. Nathan Davis is probably the least familiar name in the front line, because he spent a long period in Paris 1962-1969 following his discharge from the U.S. Army, and eventually returned to his homeland to become a jazz educator. He is a triple threat on tenor and soprano saxes as well as flute. Each member of the brass and reed sections contributed a cooking original to the date, while the solos and ensemble work are consistently inspired. Though the personnel changed somewhat after this initial recording, the Paris Reunion Band would continue to work off and on until 1989.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/1995
  • Label: Gazell Records
  • UPC: 099792100227
  • Catalog Number: 21002

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Klook's Theme (8:08)
  2. 2 Sweet Love of Mine (6:22)
  3. 3 The Burner (7:42)
  4. 4 Waltz (8:54)
  5. 5 Callitwhachawanna (8:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paris Reunion Band Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Kenny Drew Piano
Johnny Griffin Tenor Saxophone
Slide Hampton Trombone
Dizzy Reece Trumpet
Woody Shaw Trumpet
Nathan Davis Flute, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Woode Bass
Billy Brooks Drums
Technical Credits
Rune Ofwerman Producer
John Acock Engineer
Gert Palmcrantz Engineer
Mike Hennessey Liner Notes
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