Many American musicians visited France after la Liberation, some famous, some not so famous. But, curiously, the guitar as an instrument was always poorly represented, with John Collins’ brief stay in May 1948 as the only noteworthy example. Jimmy Gourley became the first prominent guitarist to visit the country in the early 1950s, a time when Django Reinhardt was still the benchmark for jazz guitar in Europe. His arrival in April 1951 was significant because with him, the guitarist brought to Paris the modern cool style that Jimmy Raney had been developing in the States, a new school directly inspired by Charlie Christian and Lester Young. With his guitar, Gourley introduced the Parisian scene to the relaxed, vibrato-less tone and subdued harmonies that modern cool jazz musicians favored. There is little doubt that had Jimmy remained in the United States, he would have become one of the finest jazz guitarists in America.
01. You're a Lucky Guy (Chaplin-Cahn) 3:40
02. You Stepped Out of a Dream (Brown-Kahn) 3:31
03. It's De-Lovely (Cole Porter) 2:49
04. Not Really the Blues (Johnny Mandel) 2:05
05. My Heart Belongs to Daddy (Cole Porter) 4:00
06. Changing My Tune (G. & I. Gershwin) 3:54
07. I Love You (Cole Porter) 2:59
08. Who Cares? (G. & I. Gershwin) 2:47
09. Almost Like Being In Love (Loewe-Lerner) 3:17
10. Bag's Groove (Milt Jackson) 3:45
11. Buddy Banks Blues (Buddy Banks) 3:25
12. Love You (Cole Porter) 5:56
13. Line for Lyons (Gerry Mulligan) 3:44
14. A Night in Tunisia (Gillespie-Paparelli) 4:25
15. Yesterdays (Jerome Kern) 3:28
16. You Go to My Head (Coots-Gillespie) 4:27
17. How Long Has This Been Going On? (G. & I. Gershwin) 3:03
18. Clarisse Blues (Jimmy Gourley) 2:36
19. For Heaven's Sake (Bretton-Meyer-Edwards) 5:05
20. Three Little Words (Ruby-Kalmar) 5:30
Tracks #1-8, from the 10-inch LP "Henri Renaud et son Trio" (Vogue LD.178)
Tracks #9-16, from the 10-inch LP "Buddy Banks –Jazz de Chambre"
(Club Française du Disque 33)
Tracks #17-18, from TV Broadcast
Tracks #19-20, taken from the collective album "Jazz Jamboree 61, Vol. 1"
(Polskie Nagrania Muza XL 0127)
Personnel on #1-8:
HENRI RENAUD and His Trio featuring JIMMY GOURLEY
H. Renaud, piano; Jimmy Gourley, guitar; Pierre Michelot, bass; Jean-Louis Viale, drums.
Recorded at Studio Jouvenet, Paris, October 5, 1953
Personnel on #9-16:
BUDDY BANKS Trio & Quartet featuring JIMMY GOURLEY
Jimmy Gourley, guitar; Bob Dorough, piano; Buddy Banks, bass; Roy Haynes, drums (added on #10,12,14,16).
Recorded at the Geneix Studio, Paris, October 28, 1954
Personnel on #17-18:
JIMMY GOURLEY Quartet
Jimmy Gourley, guitar; Henri Renaud, piano; Jean-Marie Ingrand, bass; Daniel Humair, drums; (MC Sim Copans).
Recorded at TV Broadcast “Modern Jazz at the Blue Note,” Paris, January 1961
Personnel on #19-20:
JIMMY GOURLEY Quartet
Jimmy Gourley, guitar; Krysztof Komeda, piano; Adam Skorupka, bass; Adam Jedrzejowski, drums.
Recorded live at the Philharmonic Concert Hall, Warsaw, Poland, October 30, 1961
Original Vogue and Club Français du Disque sessions, supervised and produced by Charles Delaunay and Frank Tenot
This CD compilation produced and annotated by Jordi Pujol
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