13 Dec Barney Wilen’s “French Ballads” now on Spotify
You can now stream the entire album on Spotify!
“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
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.