Never before heard performance by the great French saxophonist Barney Wilen

Born in Nice, Barney Wilen’s (1937-1996) career was boosted in 1957 when he worked with Miles Davis on the soundtrack Ascenseur pour l’échafaud. In 1959, Wilen wrote his two soundtracks Un témoin dans la ville and Jazz sur scène with Kenny Clarke. He also wrote a soundtrack for Roger Vadim’s film Les liaisons dangereuses two years later, working with Thelonious Monk. Wilen toured in Japan for the first time in 1990 and returned the following year when this concert was taped. He died of cancer in Paris at the age of 59.

“This fine concert was recorded directly from the console to my father’s SONY DAT. Thanks to his farsightedness and passion for technology we are now able to enjoy what went down almost 30 years ago at the Keystone Korner in Tokyo. My special thanks to Elemental Music“. Patrick Wilen, March 2019

Playing with Barney Wilen has been one of the highlights of my career as a jazz pianist. Many thanks to Elemental Music for releasing this very unexpected recording almost 30 years after it was made!” Olivier Hutman, February 2019.

With these previously unreleased 1991 tapes at Tokyo’s Keystone Korner, Barney is back, amazing us again with his talent. Listen to him. For pleasure.” Bruno Pfeiffer.