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Barney Wilen


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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Miles Davis Quintet: In Concert At The Olympia, Paris 1957

Read "In Concert At The Olympia, Paris 1957" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Another live Miles Davis recording. Well, once the studio outtakes have dried up, this is the only seam left to mine. Happily, with advances in sound technology, old radio broadcasts are increasingly being dusted down and treated to a little digital TLC. Since 1983, Fresh Sounds Records has been a leading light in reissues and archival ...


In Concert At The Olympia, Paris 1957

Label: Fresh Sound Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Solar; Four; What's New; No Moe; Lady Bird; Tune Up; I'll Remember April; Bags' Groove; 'Round Midnight; Now's The Time; Walkin'; The Theme.



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


Article: Under the Radar

A Different Drummer, Pt. 8: Ustad Zakir Hussain Talks Tabla

Read "A Different Drummer, Pt. 8: Ustad Zakir Hussain Talks Tabla" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Origins of the Tabla The twin hand drum was developed in its current form about 300 years ago on the Indian subcontinent but the roots of the tabla may date to pre-Muslim, Arabia. The name comes from “tabl," the Arabic word for drum, and temple carvings of tabla-like double-hand drums date to 500 BCE. Tabla is ...


Article: Album Review

Barney Wilen: Zodiac

Read "Zodiac" reviewed by Chris May

Tenor saxophonist Barney Wilen's Zodiac is the soundtrack for a mid-1960s film that never got off the storyboard. The backstory... Like other French jazzmen who came of age in the second half of the 1950s, Wilen benefited from the penchant nouvelle vague film directors had for jazz soundtracks. Aged twenty years, Wilen cut his filmic teeth ...


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 ...


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 ...


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.



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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