Barney Wilen – French Ballads – Newly Remastered CD Edition & 180 Gram 2LP Gatefold

Barney Wilen – French Ballads – Newly Remastered CD Edition & 180 Gram 2LP Gatefold

NEWLY REMASTERED EDITION FROM THE 24-TRACK ANALOG MASTER TAPES BY THE ORIGINAL SOUND ENGINEER, HERVÉ LE GUIL.

INCLUDES 4 PREVIOUSLY UNISSUED ALTERNATIVE TAKES.

AVAILABLE ON CD DIGIPACK & LIMITED 2LP GATEFOLD COVER.

TRACKLIST CD:

01 L’AME DES POÈTES
02 WHAT ARE YOU DOING THE REST OF YOUR LIFE
03 SOUS LE CIEL DE PARIS
04 SYRACUSE
05 UN ETÉ 42 [SUMMER OF ‘42]
06 MY WAY
07 LES FEUILLES MORTES [AUTUMN LEAVES]
08 ONCE UPON A TIME
09 SEULE CE SOIR
10 MANOIR DE MES RÊVES
11 TEARS
12 LA VIE EN ROSE
13 LES MOULINS DE MON COEUR
14 SYRACUSE*
15 UN ETÉ 42 [SUMMER OF ‘42]*
16 LES FEUILLES MORTES [AUTUMN LEAVES] *
17 SEULE CE SOIR*

TOTAL TIME: 77:03

*BONUS TRACKS: Previously Unissued Alternate Takes.

CD VERSION INCLUDES A 20-PAGE BOOKLET with specially prepared essays by renowned jazz writers ASHLEY KAHN & PHILIPPE VINCENT, bassist RICCARDO DEL FRA, drummer SANGOMA EVERETT, and PATRICK WILEN.

TRACKLIST 2LP GATEFOLD:

SIDE A
1 L’AME DES POÈTES
2 WHAT ARE YOU DOING THE REST OF YOUR LIFE
3 SOUS LE CIEL DE PARIS
4 SYRACUSE
5 UN ETÉ 42 [SUMMER OF ‘42]

SIDE B
1 MY WAY
2 LES FEUILLES MORTES [AUTUMN LEAVES]
3 ONCE UPON A TIME
4 SEULE CE SOIR

SIDE C
1 MANOIR DE MES RÊVES
2 TEARS
3 LA VIE EN ROSE
4 LES MOULINS DE MON COEUR

SIDE D
1 SYRACUSE*
2 UN ETÉ 42 [SUMMER OF ‘42]*
3 LES FEUILLES MORTES [AUTUMN LEAVES] *
4 SEULE CE SOIR*

*BONUS TRACKS: Previously Unissued Alternate Takes.

GATEFOLD EDITION with specially prepared essays by renowned jazz writers ASHLEY KAHN & PHILIPPE VINCENT, bassist RICCARDO DEL FRA, drummer SANGOMA EVERETT, and PATRICK WILEN.

PERSONNEL:

BARNEY WILEN: TENOR & SOPRANO SAX
MICHEL GRAILLIER: PIANO
RICCARDO DEL FRA: DOUBLE BASS
SANGOMA EVERETT: DRUMS

Recorded and mixed at Gimmick Studio, Yerres, France, on June 24-26, 1987.

Original sessions recorded by Hervé Le Guil assisted by Franck Gardis & produced by Philippe Vincent.

Produced by Jordi Soley.

Associate producer: Patrick Wilen.

It’s a different Barney Wilen, a different saxophone identity, that resounds on French Ballads. How could it be otherwise? More confident and complex. More comfortable and in tune with the musical progress since the 1950s: one can hear it in the unrushed freedom of his playing, in the flurries and embellishments he adds. The melodies and lyrics were as familiar to jazz ears as they were to a mainstream audience. Many were associated with popular movies, and together all were sure to ring a bell of national pride. It’s a challenge to stop listing favorite moments on French Ballads – discovering this music on one’s own should be part of the delight.ASHLEY KAHN

FRENCH BALLADS IS BARNEY WILEN’S PERFECT SYNTHESIS BETWEEN JAZZ AND THE FRENCH CHANSON: Following the unexpected success of his comeback album La Note Bleue, iconic French saxophonist Barney Wilen embarked right away on his following project, an album consisting of jazz versions of wonderful French chansons. According to Philippe Vincent: “Barely three months after the release of La Note Bleue, I thought that he was going fast, but he was not completely wrong to want to strike while the iron was hot. In addition, it is true that many musicians quickly turn to their next project as soon as the previous one has emerged. His idea was to devote a recording to a repertoire of French melodies, and I was immediately seduced by this proposition, as his playing style and his saxophone phrasing could approach singing.” The new album constituted another success and is, because of its repertoire and approach, quite unique work in the whole story of jazz.