Raymond Fol

Raymond Fol was born in Paris, on April 28, 1928. His older brother was alto saxophonist Hubert Fol. Both were raised in a musical household, and Raymond began playing piano at five years of age. After the World War II, both brothers played in Claude Abadie’s octet (1945-1947), which also featured trumpeter Boris Vian. In 1948, the Fol brothers were part of the “Be-bop Minstrels” and both were among of the group of the musicians who enriched the history of jazz in France in the post-war years.

Raymond’s first musical idol was Duke Ellington, whose influence was ever present throughout his career. From the age of twenty, attracted by modern jazz, he was inspired in particular by John Lewis and Bud Powell, and his style acquired an undeniable personality, soon appreciated by his peers. His playing was not spectacular, but it was full of finesse and precision.

In October 1949, the Frisco...

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Vinyl featuring Raymond Fol

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