And His Orchestra, Featuring Guy Lafitte (3 10'' on 1 CD)
  • Pathé ST 1042 Pathé ST 1042
  • Columbia FP 1058 Columbia FP 1058
  • Columbia FP 1111 Columbia FP 1111
  • Trianon 4358 Trianon 4358
  • André Persiany André Persiany
  • Guy Lafitte Guy Lafitte

André Persiany

And His Orchestra, Featuring Guy Lafitte (3 10'' on 1 CD)

Fresh Sound Records

André Persiany (p, org), Guy Longnon, Bill Jackson, Lucien Juanico, Pierre Thibault (tp), Benny Vasseur, Gaby Villain, André Paquinet, Charles Verstraete, Bill Tamper, Claude Gousset (tb), William Boucaya, Teddy Hameline, André Dabonneville, René Godard, Michel Attenoux (as), Guy Lafitte, Maurice Meunier, Armand Conrad, Georges Bessieres, Jean-Claude Fohrenbach (ts), Michel de Villers, Robert Bagneres (bs), Pierre Cullaz (g), Buddy Banks, Benoît Quersin, Paul Rovère (b), Jacques David, Teddy Martin, Christian Garros (d), Sadi (perc)

Reference: FSRCD 968

Bar code: 8427328609685

André Persiany has long been one of the favorite pianists among fans of French jazz. Inspired at first by Milt Buckner’s block chords, “Pépé” (as he was known among friends and fans) forged his own recognizable style. A true swingman, he played with a strong and unrestrained flow that was especially prominent when it came to blues.

Despite his young age, "Pépé" was already an accomplished composer and arranger when in 1954 he assembled the nine-piece unit to record the first album of this CD release. For this initial session, Persiany chose a program alternating fast with slow numbers. Only in the first case is the orchestra as a whole used extensively—featuring solos by all the band members, while on the ballads his longtime fellow, the full toned tenor saxophonist Guy Lafitte shines and plays with warmth and delicacy. After this first album, in 1955, Persiany came up with a new and larger band—with three tunes having the frightening vigor propelled by the percussion of Sadi on bongos. The ensemble plays with consistency, poignance, power and swing comparable to their American counterparts.

In 1958, another particularly noteworthy moment in Pépé’s career took place, when he organized a complete big band to play the music of his most admired idol: Count Basie. But, the project was not a cliché purveyor, or a copy. Instead it was a buoyant set of sagely-constructed new arrangements conceived from Persiany’s viewpoint and approach, displayed by the clean and full bodied brass and sax sections. Behind them, the whole rhythm team drives away with nary a letup.

01. Halbe Fünf (André Persiany) 3:22
02. King Porter Stomp (Jelly Roll Morton) 2:33
03. Blue Organ (André Persiany) 3:35
04. Lover Come Back To Me (Romberg-Hammerstein II) 2:09
05. T. Bone Steack (André Persiany) 2:27
06. Christmas Song (Tormé-Wells) 3:09
07. Finnts the Prince (Buddy Banks) 2:33
08. Mamoune (Guy Longnon) 3:27
09. Beer Barrel Bounce (André Persiany) 3:52
10. Little Story (De Villers-Persiany) 2:57
11. Serenade in Twelve Bars (André Persiany) 1:50
12. Swingin’ the New A.P. Blues (André Persiany) 2:02
13. Jean-Paul’s Wedding Day (André Persiany) 3:34
14. Just for Fun (André Persiany) 2:26
15. Panorama (André Persiany) 2:22
16. Two Cats and A Piece of Lung (André Persiany) 4:46
17. One O’Clock Jump (Count Basie) 0:39
18. Shorty George (Count Basie) 2:56
19. Blue and Sentimental (Basie-Livingston) 3:45
20. Miss Thing (Basie-Martin) 4:46
21. Swinging the Blues (Basie-Durham) 2:53
22. Jive at Five (Count Basie) 4:51
23. Topsy (Basie-Harding) 5:17

Total time: 72:51 min.

Tracks #1-8, from the 10-inch album “André Persiany et son Orchestre avec Guy Lafitte”
(Pathé ST 1042)
Tracks #9-16, from the 10-inch album “André Persiany et son Orchestre”
(Columbia FP 1058)
Tracks #17-23, from the 10-inch album “André Persiany joue Count Basie”
(Columbia FP 1111)

Personnel on #1-8:
Guy Longnon, trumpet; Benny Vasseur, trombone; William Boucaya, alto sax; Guy Lafitte, Maurice Meunier, tenor sax; Michel de Villers, baritone sax; André Persiany, piano & organ (#3,5); Buddy Banks, bass; Jacques David, drums.
Recorded at Pathé-Marconi Studios, Paris, June 2, 1954

Personnel on #9-16:
Bill Jackson, Lucien Juanico, trumpets; Gaby Villain (#9-15), Charles Verstraete (#12-16), André Paquinet, trombones; Teddy Hameline, André Dabonneville, alto saxes; Guy Lafitte, Armand Conrad, tenor saxes; Michel de Villers, baritone sax; André Persiany, piano; Benoît Quersin, bass; Teddy Martin, drums; Sadi, bongos (#12 ,14,16).
Recorded at Pathé-Marconi Studios, Paris, May 26 (#9-11) & 31 (#12-16), 1955

Personnel on #17-23:
Fernand Verstraete, Pierre Thibault, Lucien Juanico, Georges Gay, trumpets; Bill Tamper, Sandy Fall, Claude Gousset, trombones; Teddy Hameline, René Godard; Michel Attenoux, alto saxes; Guy Lafitte, Armand Conrad, Georges Bessieres, Jean-Claude Fohrenbach, tenor saxes; Michel de Villers, Robert Bagneres, baritone sax; André Persiany, piano & arranger; Pierre Cullaz, guitar; Paul Rovère, bass; Christian Garros, drums.
Pathé-Marconi Studio. Paris, January, 31 (#17-20) & February 21 (#21-23), 1958

Liner notes: Frank Tenot, J.P. Guiter, Maurice Cullaz & Jordi Pujol
Original artwork & photography: Staval, Anita Guelli, J.P. Leloir, Mainbourg
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol

Hi Fi • 24-Bit Digitally Remastered


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