Jazz in Paris: Les Four Saisons

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Raymond Fol's jazz arrangement of Antonio Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" may have fallen into obscurity, but the French pianist's big band scoring of this classical favorite shows plenty of imagination. With a band of his fellow countrymen, along with expatriate Americans Johnny Griffin tenor sax, bassist Jimmy Woode, and drummer Art Taylor, he casts a variety of moods, even within individual sections. In the first movement of "Le Printemps The Spring" he chooses an Afro-Cuban mood, while the second shifts to a smaller chamber jazz setting, showcasing guitarist Pierre Cullaz, vibraphonist Sadi, and the leader in turn. The first movement of "L'Automne The Autumn" starts in a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Raymond Fol's jazz arrangement of Antonio Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" may have fallen into obscurity, but the French pianist's big band scoring of this classical favorite shows plenty of imagination. With a band of his fellow countrymen, along with expatriate Americans Johnny Griffin tenor sax, bassist Jimmy Woode, and drummer Art Taylor, he casts a variety of moods, even within individual sections. In the first movement of "Le Printemps The Spring" he chooses an Afro-Cuban mood, while the second shifts to a smaller chamber jazz setting, showcasing guitarist Pierre Cullaz, vibraphonist Sadi, and the leader in turn. The first movement of "L'Automne The Autumn" starts in a curious blend of cool and swing before switching to a Latin setting, featuring Johnny Griffin. Recorded in 1965 for Philips and long out of print, this 2001 Universal Music CD reissue would have benefited from more detailed liner notes, but the music itself has held up very nicely, even if most jazz fans have yet to discover it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/16/2002
  • Label: Emarcy Import
  • UPC: 731454879125
  • Catalog Number: 548791
  • Sales rank: 161,671

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Raymond Fol Primary Artist, Piano, Celeste
Johnny Griffin Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Woode Double Bass
Jean Louis Chautemps Baritone Saxophone
Pierre Cullaz Guitar
Fred Gerard Trumpet
Pierre Gossez Baritone Saxophone
Georges Grenu Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Roger Guerin Trumpet
Christian Guizien Trombone
Ivan Jullien Trumpet
Raymond Katarzynski Trombone
Maurice Thomas Trumpet
Jean-Louis Viale Percussion
Charles Verstraete Trombone
Denis Fournier Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Camille Verdier Bass Trombone
Armand Cavallaro Percussion
Pierre Dumont French Horn
Dominique Chanson Tenor Saxophone
Raymond Guy Flute
Georges Lalue Percussion
Michel Plockyn Flute
Michel Poli Trumpet
Technical Credits
Antonio Vivaldi Composer
Raymond Fol Arranger
Ernest Hemingway Liner Notes
Roger Roche Engineer
Alain Tercinet Liner Notes
Jean-Pierre Leloir Cover Photo
Martin Davies English Translations
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