French saxophonist BARNEY WILEN’s career was boosted in 1957 when he joined Miles Davis on the soundtrack of Louis Malle’s lm 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.
180 GR. VINYL EDITION OF BARNEY WILEN’S LP LA NOTE
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.
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 INCLUDING NEVER BEFORE ISSUED PHOTOS FROM THE ORIGINAL STUDIO SESSIONS BY GUY LE QUERREC, AS WELL AS OTHER HERETOFORE UNPUBLISHED MEMORABILIA.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.