Jazz in Paris: Les Four Saisons

Jazz in Paris: Les Four Saisons

by Raymond Fol


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Jazz in Paris: Les Four Saisons

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/16/2002
Label: Emarcy Import
UPC: 0731454879125
catalogNumber: 548791
Rank: 265145

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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