In memory of Johnny Peret

In memory of Johnny Peret
In memory of my friend Johnny Peret, vibist, drummer, accordeonist extraordinaire

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

PARIS, 1957 - TWO FRENCH MAINSTREAM GIANTS


LAFITTE – PERSIANY
“LES CLASSIQUES DU JAZZ – VOL.2”
(LP Columbia, Jazz Stars Series, France, 1957)

Two Masters of Mainstream Jazz in Europe: saxophonist Guy Lafitte (1927-1998) and pianist André Persiany (1927-2004).  Both are jazz legends in their native France but are not especially well-known outside of France and neighboring countries.

GUY LAFITTE was a tenor in the school of Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins and Don Byas. At the beginning of his career he worked and recorded with Mezz Mezzrow (1951–1952) and toured with Big Bill Broonzy in 1951.
In 1954 Lafitte made Paris his home, and worked with Lionel Hampton and Emmett Berry. Lafitte had also been a collaborator on various other projects with musicians such as Wild Bill Davis and Bill Coleman.

ANDRE PERSIANY: Born André Paul Stephane Persiani in Paris on November 19, 1927, he was a versatile jazz accompanist who led his own groups from 1946 on. Influenced by Milt Buckner, Persiany played in the pianist/organist's familiar locked-hands style. He recorded in Paris with American expatriates like Sidney Bechet, Buck Clayton, Lionel Hampton, Bill Coleman and Mezz Mezzrow until 1956, when he came to America. Persiany spent most of the 1960s working in trumpeter Jonah Jones' quartet.

Persiany's career hit a peak in the 1970s after he returned to France. His expat collaborations continued with Buckner, Cat Anderson, Arnett Cobb, Buckner, Charlie Shavers and Budd Johnson. Among Persiany's own recordings were Swinging Here and There (1958, Pathé), The Real Me (1970, Black & Blue) and Every Night at Furstemburg (1977, Open).


Thanks to Onxidlib for the rip of this classic French LP.

Credits
Guy Lafitte, tenor saxophone
André Persiany, piano
Paul Rovere, bass
Christian Garros, drums

Tracks

Side A:
01. I'm Coming Virginia
02. St. James Infirmary
03. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams
04. Dear Old Southland
05. When It's Sleepy Time Down South
06. I Ain't Got Nobody
07. Ain't Misbehavin

Side B:
08. I've Found A New Baby
09. Frankie And Johnny
10. Chicago
11. Sugar Blue
12. Baby Won't You Please Come Home
13. Rockin' Chair
14. Squeeze Me

Recorded in Paris on October 28 (tr.3, 4, 9, 13) & October 29 (all other tracks), 1957.

COLUMBIA FPX 145

Vol.ume 1 is already floating in the blogsphere.  See link in the comments (with thanks to cvllos)

12 comments:

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  2. Congratulation for this recover!
    All these guys are great musicians and I myself, keep tracking their career & recordings,
    Thank you!

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  3. many thanks indeed but rob at http://thinktoomuchjazz.wordpress.com/ still has both albums up but the links seem dead but he would probably re-up vol 1 but he is on hols -- well deserved.

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  4. Well, I have vol 1, recorded in 20 October, 20 & December 2, 1955, not my ripping, in flac with scans; if needed, let me know.

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  5. Here the link (RShare public):
    sorry for the original uploader; a wonderful job:
    https://www.rapidshare.com/files/3445672805/LG-%26AP%2855%29.rar

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  6. Beautiful, thanks Boogieman and Onxidlib!

    And thanks to cvllos for Vol. 1!

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  7. Thank you!
    But the link don't work to me...
    Any chance, please??

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    1. Yep, dunno what's wrong with Zippyshare these days. Here is a re-post using Mirrocreator, hope it works.

      http://www.mirrorcreator.com/files/02LPYA7O/Lafitte_Persiany_Vol2.rar_links

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    2. Thank you again, boogie!

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