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Philippe LeJeune

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French pianist Philippe LeJeune is a perfect example of the mixture of jazz and blues which was especially an important strain in the jazz tradition. The young pianist attended a 1968 concert in Reims, France, by master boogie-woogie and blues pianist Memphis Slim, and immediately put an end to his classical efforts and began teaching himself the blues, scouring local record shops for LP’s by boogie woogie greats. In 1980 he was invited by Memphis Slim who had been a parisian citizen since 1962 to cut an album titled « Dialog In Boogie » as a piano duet. The French blues and boogie woogie pianist is one of those rare European pianist who is able to take part in the grand tradition of American jazz mixing swing, a sense of melody and the blues

Album

Blues Inspiration

Label: Black and Blue Records
Released: 2003
Track listing: Atlanta Blues; Satin Doll; After Hours; Waltz The Blues; Hip Boogie-Woogie; Stick With It; Song For My Father; Girl Talk; Rockhouse; Cantabile; Cow Cow Blues; Ahmad

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Philippe LeJeune: Blues Inspiration

Read "Blues Inspiration" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Philippe LeJeune is positioning himself to accept the blues piano mantle from the Late Gene Harris. Both pianists have much in common. Both are two-fisted players with potent left hands and nuclear fast right hands. Both season their respective repertoires with shirt-tail blues pieces that do not fit exactly into the traditional 12-bar format.But ...

Album

Blues For Cathy

Label: EPM
Released: 1982


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