John Lewis & Sacha Distel – Afternoon In Paris


Limited edition French reissue

Remastered from original master tapes

180-gram LP pressed at Optimal in Germany

Referência: MEDX 12005

Etiqueta: SAM Records

Embalagem: Simples de 33 rpm

Gramagem: 180gr

Código de barras: 3700409814310

It was in Paris that John Lewis co-led this 1956 date with Sacha Distel, a French guitarist who never became well known in the U.S. but commanded a lot of respect in French jazz circles. The same can be said about the other French players employed on Afternoon in Paris — neither tenor saxophonist Barney Wilen nor bassist Pierre Michelot were huge names in the U.S., although both were well known in European jazz circles.

With Lewis on piano, Distel on guitar, Wilen on tenor, Michelot or Percy Heath on bass, and Kenny Clarke or Connie Kay on drums, the part-American, part-French group of improvisers provides an above-average bop album that ranges from “Willow Weep for Me,” “All The Things You Are,” and “I Cover the Waterfront” to Milt Jackson’s “Bags’ Groove” and Lewis’ title song. The big-toned Wilen was only 19 when “Afternoon in Paris” was recorded, but as his lyrical yet hard-swinging solos demonstrate, he matured quickly as a sax man. A mythic LP and one of the best recorded in France!

Side 1
1. I Cover The Waterfront
2. Dear Old Stockholm
3. Afternoon In Paris
Side 2
4. All The Things You Are
5. Bags’ Groove
6. Willow Deep For Me


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