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René Thomas was a jazz guitarist from Belgium. In the early 1950s, he moved to Paris and became part of the modern jazz scene, playing in the style of Jimmy Raney. Back in Europe in 1962, he toured and recorded with Chet Baker, Bobby Jaspar, Kenny Clarke, Eddy Louiss, Stan Getz, Lucky Thompson, Sonny Criss, Jacques Pelzer, Lou Bennett, Charles "Lolo" Bellonzi, and Ingfried Hoffmann. Thomas died of a heart attack in Santander, Spain at the age of 47 on 3 January 1975.


Article: Album Review

Martin Wind, Philip Catherine, Ack Van Rooyen: White Noise

Read "White Noise" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

«Il silenzio è diventato sempre più un lusso—dice Martin Wind—con White Noise ho voluto creare un polo acustico opposto. Una sorta di oasi sonora in cui il pubblico può rilassarsi e godere la musica fino alla sua massima espressione». Per ottenere questo il contrabbassista tedesco—a New York da 25 anni—ha voluto accanto a ...


Remembering René Thomas. Rare and Unreleased Performances by the Legendary Jazz Guitarist

Label: Fresh Sound Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Motion; There'll Never Be Another You; Lover Man; Stella by Starlight; Whose Blues; Au Privave; Blue Train; Milestones; Motion; All Mornin' Long; It Could Happen to You; Never Morning; Milestones; It Could Happen to You; Oleo; Ballata In Forma Di Blues; It Could Happen to You; I Remember Sonny; Au Privave; Easy Living; Our Delight; Moonlight in Vermont; Well You Needn't; Blues; Stardust.

News: Recording

René Thomas: Rare and New

René Thomas: Rare and New

Born in Liège, Belgium, guitarist René Thomas moved to Paris in the early 1950s and became part of the active jazz scene there. Paris back then was similar to 52nd Street in New York, where musicians could engage in steady gigging with leading musicians from Europe and from America. What most of the European jazz musicians ...

News: Video / DVD

René Thomas in 7 Clips

René Thomas in 7 Clips

For some strange reason yesterday, I had a craving for guitarist René Thomas. I love the way he swings unevenly and the hip quality of his picking and sound of his guitar. Born in Belgium in 1927, Thomas moved to Paris and was deeply influenced by guitarist Jimmy Raney. In the 1960s, he often was featured ...


Article: Interview

Eric Ineke: Surveying the European Jazz Scene

Read "Eric Ineke: Surveying the European Jazz Scene" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6[This is the fourth of the All About Jazz series on “The Many Faces of Jazz Today: Critical Dialogues" in which we explore the current state of jazz around the world with musicians, journalists, and entrepreneurs who give ...


Article: Album Review

Francy Boland - Kenny Clarke - Jimmy Woode: Playing with the Trio

Read "Playing with the Trio" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

È davvero encomiabile l'attività dell'etichetta milanese Ishtar, che affianca alla produzione di artisti contemporanei un pregevole lavoro di riedizione di album da tempo introvabili. Ora, sotto il marchio della sussidiaria Schema Rearward, pubblica un raro disco del trio di Francy Boland con Kenny Clarke e Jimmy Woode che già all'epoca (parliamo del 1967) ebbe scarsa diffusione ...


Article: Take Five With...

Take Five With Noel Akchote

Read "Take Five With Noel Akchote" reviewed by Noël Akchoté

Meet Noel Akchote: Trained from the age of eight, Noel Akchote debuted as a guitarist in 1990. Noel Akochote has collaborated with a wide variety of musicians like Henri Texier, Louis Sclavis, Daniel Humair, Jacques Thollot, Sam Rivers, Derek Bailey, Eugene Chadbourne, Fred Firth, Evan Parker, Lol Coxhill, Tim Berne, and George Lewis. Later in ...


News: Interview

Rene Thomas: Meeting Mr. Thomas

Rene Thomas: Meeting Mr. Thomas

Like many of his Belgian jazz-musician peers in the early 1950s, guitarist Rene Thomas had a swinging lyricism that was distinctly European and infectious. With the rise of the LP in Europe and post-war rebound of the French economy, Thomas, Bobby Jaspar, Francy Boland, Christian Kellens, Jacques Pelzer and other Belgians migrated south to Paris. Nearly ...



Label: FiveFour
Released: 2007
Track listing: L'Imbecile; How About You?; All The Things You Are; Relaxin' At The Balcon; There Will Never Be Another You; Lover Man; Burt's Pad; Autobuzz; 'Tis Autumn; Indiana; Thomasia; Sextuis; Influence; Guitaristic; Imy; The Real Cat; Someone To Watch Over Me; Get Happy; A Night In Tunisia; My Old Flame; Easy To Love; Goodnight, Wherever You Are.


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