John Lewis, Sacha Distel – Afternoon In Paris (Sam Records)
Condition: Brand New
Ships from: Melbourne
In 1956 John Lewis led this meeting in Paris together with Sacha Distel, a French guitarist who never really became famous in the USA, but who enjoyed a lot of respect in French jazz circles.
The same can be said about the other French musicians who took part in "Afternoon In Paris" - neither tenor saxophonist Barney Wilen nor bassist Pierre Michelot had a big name in the USA, though both were well known in the European jazz scene.
With Lewis on piano, Distel on guitar, Wilen on saxophone, Michelot or Percy Heath on bass as well as Kenny Clarke or Connie Kay on drums, the partly American, partly French group of improvisation artists offers an above-average bop album ranging 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 sonorous Wilen was only 19 when "Afternoon In Paris" was recorded, but his lyrical yet strongly swinging solos prove that he matured quickly as a saxophonist. An almost mythical LP and one of the best recorded in France.
Recorded: December 1956 in Paris.
Label: Sam Records, Versailles
Format: LP, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, Remastered
A1 I Cover The Waterfront
A2 Dear Old Stockholm
A3 Afternoon In Paris
B1 All The Things You Are
B2 Bags' Groove
B3 Willow Weep For Me