In memory of Johnny Peret

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

Monday, June 24, 2013


LP DEBS ‎– HDD 508     FRANCE – 1967

Michel Sardaby was born in 1935 in Martinique. He learned to play the piano when he was 5 years old, in the brasserie of his father in Fort-de-France, where music was constantly played. At the age of 10 Michel was already seen as a piano prodigy, playing fast boogie woogie like no one else. In 1953 the family moved to Paris.  Michel went to the Institut des Arts Appliqués, the Boulle School.  He graduated in 1956 and decided to become a professional jazz pianist.  Throughout the 60s, he played piano with many French (Guy Lafitte ...), European (Rene Thomas ...) and US-expatriate musicians (Dexter Gordon, Sonny Criss, Kenny Clarke, Ben Webster, J.J. Johnson, Chet Baker, Art Taylor, Jimmy Gourley ...).  He has a special feeling for the blues which led to collaboration with Sonny Boy Williamson and T-Bone Walker during their visits to the Old Continent.

Blue Sunset  is the first album Michel Sardaby recorded under his name.  It was recorded in 1965 and produced by fellow West Indian Henri Debs. It can be considered a lost classic piano trio LP.

Michel Sardaby is not a prolific pianist, in terms of recordings.  His discography is limited but of an outstanding level of quality.

A1                   Blue Sunset     4:26    
A2                   Always Room For One More  5:20    
A3                   Empty Room  3:58    
B1                   Wendy           5:13    
B2                   Lament For Billy        3:45    
B3                   Come From Nowhere 4:34    

Piano – Michel Sardaby
Bass – Gilbert Rovere*
Drums – Philippe Combelle
Liner Notes – Maurice Cullaz, Mike Hennessey

It was re-issued in 1999 by Sound Hills (Japan) including 6 bonus tracks from live sessions one year earlier but the CD is currently OOP.  A European re-issue would be most welcome.
This rip is from my own Debs LP.


  1. WAV
    Side 1:
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  2. Most interesting. I've never heard of him. Seems like there's a lot of jazz musicians in obscurity. thanks!

  3. Merci beaucoup! New to me - but looks quite tasty.

  4. I thought Michel Sardaby would be better known among the blog's regular.
    If you understand French, I recommend reading this article:

    If you like what you hear, try and buy a copy of his other albums or the compilation The Art of Michel Sardaby.

    1. I knew his name but never heard (consciously) his music.
      Heard now once and I like it - will try to get other recordings from Michel Sardaby also for the shop.
      My french is rather rusty but I shall try to read and understand - thanks again.

  5. "Night cap" is excellent trio music, another goodie from 1972 is titled "In New York" and features Richard Davis, (a suprisingly sensitive)Billy Cobham and Ray Barretto.
    Finally, from 1975 "Gail" is featuring Richard Davis, Billy Hart and Leopoldo Fleming and although not reaching the same heights as the two previous outings, still a rock solid trio date.

    1. Don't forget Five Cats Blues which is still available as Japan Import (check the FNAC wesite if you're in Europe).

  6. and available here (kind of vacuum-cleaner site, I guess ?) :

    1. Je l'avais posté aussi il y a peu, au prix ou sont les imports japonais autant poster un rip!
      Je me mefie de ces sites russes ... vaccum-cleaner, comme tu dis!