Le Formidable Roger Guérin · Paris Meetings
  • Vogue LD 036
    Vogue LD 036
  • James Moody
    James Moody
  • Jimmy Raney
    Jimmy Raney
  • Vogue LD 201
    Vogue LD 201
  • Versailles 90 S 128
    Versailles 90 S 128
  • Roger Guérin
    Roger Guérin
  • Christian Chevallier
    Christian Chevallier
  • Columbia ESDF 1139
    Columbia ESDF 1139
  • Columbia FP 1117
    Columbia FP 1117
  • Benny Golson
    Benny Golson
  • Roger Guérin
    Roger Guérin
  • Columbia ESDF 1257
    Columbia ESDF 1257

Roger Guérin

Le Formidable Roger Guérin · Paris Meetings

Fresh Sound Records

Roger Guérin (tp), James Moody (as), Benny Golson (ts), Raymond Fol, Maurice Vander, Martial Solal, Christian Chevallier, Bobby Timmons (p), Michel Hausser (vib), Jimmy Raney (g), Pierre Michelot, Jean-Marie Ingrand (b), Pierre Lemarchand, Jean-Louis Viale, Christian Garros (d), Dave Rivera (perc)

Reference: FSRCD 942

Bar code: 8427328609425

At the end of the 1940s, young French jazz musicians started flocking towards the two styles of modern jazz—bebop and cool. Paris was the capital of European jazz, and the talent of the local musicians playing in Parisian clubs was often comparable to that of their American colleagues. In that league, we found mostly French and some Belgian names, such as Bobby Jaspar, Martial Solal, Pierre Michelot, Maurice Vander, Jean-Louis Viale, Benoit Quersin, René Thomas, Barney Wilen, René Urtreger, and several others.

This album is dedicated to one of them in particular: trumpeter Roger Guérin (1926-2010). Despite having very few recordings under his name and spending most of his career as a sideman, Guérin was never underappreciated by jazz fans and critics: after all, he was chosen as the best French jazz trumpeter ten years in a row (1955-65) by the “Jazz-Hot” readers’ and critics’ poll. In these sessions we find him alongside great American jazzmen like James Moody, Jimmy Raney, Benny Golson and Bobby Timmons, but also in the company of his French comrades, giving his best in every performance.

He was involved in many of the projects that pushed the evolution of modern jazz in France. An arranger of the stature of Billy Byers, who worked in Paris for a while in 1956, described him like this: “There are some very good musicians in France: Roger Guérin is a great jazzman.”

01. Deep Purple (Peter De Rose) 2:57
02. Bootsie (James Moody) 3:45
03. More Than You Know (Youmans-Rose-Eliscu) 3:14
04. Too Marvelous for Words (Whiting-Mercer) 4:45
05. Night and Day (Cole Porter) 4:22
06. Dinah (Akst-Lewis-Young) 4:01
07. What's New (Haggart-Burke) 4:18
08. Night in Tunisia (Gillespie-Pappareli) 3:10
09. Sweet Feeling (Pierre Michelot) 2:16
10. Ça Tourne (Roger Guérin) 5:24
11. Buggy and Soul (Christian Chevallier) 3:51
12. Vline (Christian Chevallier) 2:44
13. Chet (Pierre Michelot) 3:04
14. Mythe (Pierre Michelot) 3:08
15. Blues March (Benny Golson) 4:04
16. I Remember Clifford (Benny Golson) 3:02
17. Stablemates (Benny Golson) 8:07
18. Moanin’ (Bobby Timmons) 6:06
19. Not Serious (Roger Guérin) 5:37

Album details

Tracks #1-3, originally issued as part of the 10” LP
“James Moody Quintet” (Vogue LD 036)
Tracks #4 & 5, originally issued as part of the 10” LP
“Jimmy Raney Visits Paris, Vol. 2” (Vogue LD 197)
Tracks #6 & 7, originally issued as part of the 10” LP
“Jimmy Raney Visits Paris, Vol. 1” (Vogue LD 194)
Tracks #4-7, also issued as part of the 12” LP
“Jimmy Raney Visits Paris” (Dawn DLP-1120)
Tracks #8-10, originally issued on the 7” EP
“Roger Guérin Quartet” (Versailles 90 S 128)
Tracks #11-14, originally issued on the 7” EP
“Christian Chevallier Jazz Quartet” (Columbia ESDF 1139)
Tracks #15-19, originally issued on the 12” LP
“Roger Guérin-Benny Golson with Bobby Timmons” (Columbia FP 1117)


Roger Guérin, trumpet; James Moody, alto sax; Raymond Fol, piano; Pierre Michelot, bass; Pierre Lemarchand, drums. Recorded in Paris, July 27, 1951

Roger Guérin, trumpet; Jimmy Raney, guitar; Maurice Vander, piano; Jean-Marie Ingrand, bass; Jean-Louis Viale, drums. Recorded in Paris, February 10, 1954

Roger Guérin, trumpet; Martial Solal, piano; Pierre Michelot, bass; Christian Garros, drums; Dave Rivera, conga added on #8 & 10. Recorded in Paris, July 1956

Roger Guérin, trumpet; Christian Chevallier, piano; Pierre Michelot, bass; Christian Garros, drums. Recorded in Paris, November 13, 1956

Roger Guérin, trumpet; Benny Golson, tenor sax; Bobby Timmons, piano; Pierre Michelot, bass; Christian Garros, drums. Recorded in Paris, December 12, 1958

Roger Guérin, trumpet; Michel Hausser, vibes; Martial Solal, piano; Pierre Michelot, bass; Christian Garros, drums.
Recorded in Paris, December 18, 1958

Photographs by Jean-Pierre Leloir
Liner notes: Jordi Pujol

Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol
© 2017 by Fresh Sound Records

Mono · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered
Blue Moon Producciones Discograficas, S.L.

Press reviews

"Alain Tercinet décédé, nous ne pouvions plus compter que sur Jordi Pujol pour nous livrer et commenter ces belles pages du jazz français écrites par le grand soliste Roger Guérin, ici évoquées entre 1951 et 1958 au fil de six séances. En 1951, au sein du quintette de James Moody (ici d'un alto parkérien introverti), Guérin est déjà la promesse de ce qu'il sera dès 1954 (auprès d'un Jimmy Raney au sommet de son art), le trompettiste interprétant les leçons laissées par Clifford Brown lors de son séjour parisien de 1953, avec une délicatesse de propos et de phrasétant sur l'up tempo que dans la ballade.

En juillet 1956, à Raymond Fol et Maurice Vander entendus dans les séances précédentes succède Martial Solal pour la première séance sous son nom de Guérin (qui restera fidèle au pianiste, du Jazz Groupe de Paris au big band des années 1980). On retrouve le trompettiste la même année au sein du quartette de Christian Chevallier, en 1958 à la tête d'un Roger Guérin-Benny Golson Quintet (avec Bobby Timmons) et à la tête d'un quintette comprenant Solal et le vibraphoniste Michel Hausser. Sans atteindre le niveau atteint avec Raney, de bien belles faces tout de même en fort bonne compagnie d'un trompettise qui nous manque."
Franck Bergerot (Fevrier, 2018)
–Jazz Magazine

"Best known for his stint with Quincy Jones’ Big Band, Roger Guérin had a formidable career in Paris, being first call to sit in with the likes of Don Byas, Django Reinhardt and James Moody. This collection of sessions from the 50s has him co-leading a hard bop team with Benny Golson, leading his own quartet along with Christian Grros/dr, Pierre Michelot/b and Martial Solal/p and fitting in as a sideman for guitarist Jimmy Raney or saxist James Moody.

The sessions with Moody have the Parker disciple  bouncing to “Deep Purple” and swooning on “More Than You Know, and with Raney at the helm the team gets more lithe and open sounding with Guerin and Raney doing winders with “Too Marvelous For Words” and luminescent on “What’s New.” Golson’s band sounds a lot like an Art Blakey session with Bobby Timmons at the piano, and the quintet does material from the drummer’s songbook with muscular reads of “Blues March,” “I Remember Clifford” and a hot “Moanin'.” Guerin mixes the lyricism of Miles Davis with the gentleness of Chet Baker. You’re gonna like this cat!"

George W. Harris (January 29, 2017)


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