Barney Wilen

Jazz Sur Seine (SR08/1)

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1958

Jazz Sur Seine

Barney Wilen

Sam Records

3700409813566

LPS 143447

SR08/1

JAZZ

1

Jazz Sur Seine

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- LIMITED EDITION 180 GR VINYL

(ORIGINALLY PHILIPS)

PERSONNEL:

BARNEY WILEN, tenor sax
MILT JACKSON, piano
PERCY HEATH, bass
KENNY CLARKE, drums
GANA M'BOW, percussion

Recorded February 13 and 14, 1958 in Paris.
Original LP issue: Phillips P 77.127 L.

SIDE A

01. Swing 39
02. Vamp
03. Menilmontant
04. John's Groove
05. B.B.B. (Bag's Barney Blues)

SIDE B

01. Swingin' Parisian Rhythm
02. J'ai Ta Main
03. Nuages
04. La Route Enchantée
05. Que Reste-T-il De Nos Amours ?
06. Minor's Swing
07. Epistrophy

Tenor saxophonist Barney Wilen was not quite 21 years old at the time of this meeting with Milt Jackson, Percy Heath, and Kenny Clarke, three veterans of the Modern Jazz Quartet. But the young man is surprising mature and confident throughout the session, interpreting several of Django Reinhardt's compositions, along with a few by his French contemporaries and a pair of his own works. What's surprising about this session is the rare opportunity to hear Jackson exclusively as a pianist, as his playing is a bit more reserved than on vibes. The leader digs into his rhythm section's element with his original “B.B.B. (Bag's Barney Blues),” giving them a full chorus before making a convincing statement himself. The quartet's fluid arrangement of Thelonious Monk's “Epistrophy” swings. Percussionist Gana M'Bow is added for both “Swing 39” and “Minor Swing” to add an exotic touch. Barney Wilen easily holds his own on his first major meeting on a record date with major American jazz stars.

Miles Davis recruited Wilen for his European tour dates at this time (1957), a measure of Davis's estimation of the young Barney.

- Ken Dryden / All Music Guide