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File under: Hard Bop50s

Milt Jackson, Percy Heath, Barney Wilen, Kenny Clarke

Jazz Sur Seine (LP)

Label: Sam Records

Format: LP

Genre: Jazz

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*2022 stock. In process of stocking* A fantastic early recording from the great French tenor saxophonist Barney Wilen – best known as an artist who recorded famously in the soundtrack world of the French new wave, and with Art Blakey – but who's even more striking here on a rare small combo date from the 50s! The session's a monster – cut with rhythmic backing by Milt Jackson on piano (!?), Percy Heath on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums – and two cuts feature additional percussion by Gana M'Bow, which gives the set a wonderful kick, and an unusual sound for the period – as Gana plays toumba, at a level that forecasts some of Wilen's later experiments crossing jazz with elements of African music. The quality of the set is wonderful – hardbop, but with lots of new ideas going on

File under: Hard Bop50s
Cat. number: SR08/1
Year: 2022

2021 repress. Pressed at Optimal, instead of Pallas (using same metalwork). Identifiable by text on bottom flipback flap: "℗&© 1958 - Reissued in 2021 by Fred Thomas for Sam Records under license from Universal Music Classics & Jazz, a label of Universal Music." 180gram vinyl. Barcode is only found on a sticker on the shrink wrap. Jacket is an old-style t-back with the folder-over flaps. Pressed by Optimal in Germany. Includes fold-out poster of session photos.

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