15 Apr Barney Wilen’s La Note Bleue (Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set & 2CD Digipack Edition) – RSD 2021
180 GR. VINYL EDITION OF BARNEY WILEN’S LP LA NOTE BLEUE:
NEWLY REMASTERED FROM THE ORIGINAL ANALOG 24-TRACK MASTER TAPES BY THE SOUND ENGINEER OF THE ORIGINAL RECORDING, HERVÉ LE GUIL.
La Note Bleue was awarded the Grand Prix Jazz de l’Académie Charles Cros as “The Best French Jazz Album of 1987”, and features BARNEY WILEN on tenor and soprano saxophones, ALAIN JEAN-MARIE on piano, PHILIPPE PETIT on guitar, RICCARDO DEL FRA on double-bass, and SANGOMA EVERETT on drums.
88-PAGE ENGLISH EDITION OF THE ICONIC COMIC BOOK BARNEY ET LA NOTE BLEUE (BARNEY AND THE BLUE NOTE), BY JACQUES DE LOUSTAL & PHILIPPE PARINGAUX.
40-PAGE LP-SIZE BOOKLET:
FEATURING NEW LINER NOTES BY PHILIPPE VINCENT (Jazz Magazine), FRANCIS MARMANDE (Le Monde), and bassist RICCARDO DEL FRA. It also showcases short commentaries by Jacques de Loustal, Philippe Paringaux, Daniel Richard, Patrick Wilen, Alain Jean-Marie, and Sangoma Everett, among others. INCLUDING NEVER BEFORE ISSUED PHOTOS FROM THE ORIGINAL STUDIO SESSIONS BY GUY LE QUERREC, AS WELL AS OTHER HERETOFORE UNPUBLISHED MEMORABILIA.
BONUS CD: CONSISTING OF A PREVIOUSLY UNISSUED 1989 RADIO FRANCE LIVE BROADCAST BY THE BARNEY WILEN QUARTET.
Recorded on September 27, 1989, at the Parisian jazz club Le Petit Opportun, the broadcast features Wilen offering fresh new interpretations of songs from La Note Bleue. It is issued here thanks to the collaboration of the INA (Institut National de l`Audiovisuel). Wilen is backed here by JACKY TERRASSON on piano, GILLES NATUREL on double-bass, and PETER GRITZ on drums.
Unboxing Barney Wilen -“La Note Bleue” Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set:
French saxophonist BARNEY WILEN’s career was boosted in 1957 when he joined Miles Davis on the soundtrack of Louis Malle’s film noir classic Ascenseur pour l’échafaud. However, Wilen’s popularity slowly waned starting in the 1970s, even though he would produce lots of wonderful music in the intervening years. The release of the LP La Note Bleue in 1987 marked a rebirth in his career. That legendary album followed the success of a Jacques de Loustal & Philippe Paringaux comic book partly inspired by his life, titled Barney et la Note Bleue, which put the saxophonist’s name back into the scene.
2CD Digipack Edition*
*Available July 23, 2021
Disc one – The studio Album
1. Bésame mucho
2. No problem (L’habit de lumière) [The matador’s suit]
4. ‘Round Midnight’ [Round about midnight]
5. Les Jours heureux [Happy Days]
6. Mr Martin (Voleur d’amour) [Thief of Love]
7. Un baiser rouge [A blood red kiss]
8. Portrait de l’artiste avec saxophone[portrait of the artist with saxophone]
9. Whisper not
10. Triste again[Back to sadness]
11. Harlem Nocturne
12. Bésame mucho (reprise)
14. All Blues
15. No problem [soprano sax version]*
16. ‘Round Midnight’ (quintet version)
17. Bésame mucho [solo #2; previously unissued]
Barney Wilen, tenor sax
Philippe Petit, guitar
Riccardo Del Fra, double bass
Sangoma Everett, drums
Recorded at Studio Gimmick, Yerres, France, November 30 & December 1-3, 1986
Disc two – Le Petit Opportun Broadcast
1. No problem
2. All Blues
3. Bésame mucho
4. Commentary by Claude Carrière
5. ‘Round Midnight’
Barney Wilen, tenor and soprano saxophone
Jacky Terasson, piano
Gilles Naturel, double-bass
Peter Gritz, drums
Recorded by Radio France at le Petit Opportun jazz club, Paris, France, September 27, 1989