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Barney Wilen

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Barney Wilen made a strong impression on the Paris scene in the mid 1950s. Wilen was a self taught player and became one of Europe's best and more modern saxophonists. Bernard Jean Wilen, AKA Barney was born March 4, 1937, in Nice to a French mother and an American father. He studied the alto and, at 16, moved to Paris where he played with Henry Renaud, Bobby Jaspar and Jimmy Gourley He grew up mostly on the French Riviera; the family left during World War II but returned upon its conclusion. According to Wilen himself, he was convinced to become a musician by his mother's friend, the poet Blaise Cendrars

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Zodiac

Label: We Are Busy Bodies
Released: 2022
Track listing: Poissons; Verseau; Capricorne; Sagittaire; Scorpion; Balance; Vierge; Lion; Cancer; Geìmeaux; Taureu; Beìlier.

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Miles Davis & Don Cherry: Which One Is The Grifter?

Read "Miles Davis & Don Cherry: Which One Is The Grifter?" reviewed by Chris May


The Swiss-based ezz-thetics label's Revisited strand of reissues is a jazz connoisseur's dream. The label identifies outstanding albums of the 1960s, sets one of its gifted audio engineers to mastering them and makes them newly available. Earlier editions of many of these albums are hard to find and the sound on all of them is substantially ...

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Article: Under the Radar

Charu Suri: The Jazz Raga

Read "Charu Suri: The Jazz Raga" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The Roots of Indo-JazzJazz and Indian ragas share common ground in their traditional use of improvisation. They are often talked about in compatible terms, but Ravi Shankar, for one, did not believe that ragas could be compared to jazz improvisation. Spontaneous creation in jazz differs from the complex rhythmic structural patterns of Indian improvisation. Shankar became ...

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La Note Bleue

Label: Elemental Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: Besame Mucho; No Problem (L'habit De Lumière); Pauline; 'Round Midnight; Les Jours Heureux; Mr Martin (Voleur D'amour); Un Baiser Rouge; Portrait De L'artiste Avec Saxophone; Whisper Not; Triste Again; Harlem Nocturne; Besame Mucho (Solo); Goodbye; All Blues.

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Unboxing the Barney Wilen 'La Note Bleue' Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set

Featuring the music of Barney Wilen
Duration: 6:20

Exceptional unboxing in the company of Barney Wilen's son, Patrick Wilen, Jordi Soley, producer and head at Elemental Music Records, Satomi Wilen, Patrick Wilen's wife, Eric Mill, friend, and collaborator. Click here for more information.
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News: Recording

'La Note Bleue,' The Album That Marked The Great Return Of Barney Wilen, Presented In A Stunning Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set

'La Note Bleue,' The Album That Marked The Great Return Of Barney Wilen, Presented In A Stunning Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set

This deluxe box set presents the original LP La Note Bleue by the Barney Wilen Quintet in a 180-gram virgin vinyl, sounding better than ever after being newly remastered from the original 24-track analog master tapes by the sound engineer that initially recorded the album, Hervé Le Guil, assisted by Daniel Cayotte. La Note Bleue was ...

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News: Music Industry

Record Store Day 2021 Jazz Releases

Record Store Day 2021 Jazz Releases

Since its inception in 2007, Record Store Day has become an important event for record collectors around the world. Every year, limited edition runs of albums from a variety of different genres hit the shelves, and jazz is no exception. There are two 2021 Record Store Day drops planned: one on June 12 and the other ...

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News: TV / Film

Barney Wilen and Kenny Dorham

Barney Wilen and Kenny Dorham

Jazz and French movies were a natural fit in 1950s. The most famous soundtrack is Miles Davis's Ascenseur Pour L'echafaud (Elevator to the Gallows), recorded in Paris in December 1957 with Davis (tp), Barney Wilen (ts), Rene Urtreger (p), Pierre Michelot (b) and Kenny Clarke (d). Almost as well known is Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960 (Dangerous ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Thelonious Monk: An Alternative Top Ten Albums Of Deep And Staggering Genius

Read "Thelonious Monk: An Alternative Top Ten Albums Of Deep And Staggering Genius" reviewed by Chris May


Thelonious Monk's position in cultural history grows in stature with each passing year and every new generation. Lionised by jazz fans and a continuing influence on musicians, Monk in 2020 is also held to be a hero by the hip hop movement. While his music no longer has the power to shock that it once possessed, ...


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