19 December, 2012

René Thomas - The Real Cat (Jazz in Paris) (1954-56)

René Thomas - The Real Cat (Jazz in Paris) (1954-56)
jazz | 1cd | eac-flac-cue-log-cover | 330MB
Rene Thomas was a Belgian guitarist who hoped to make it big on the international jazz scene following his move to Paris and a flurry of recording activity in the 1950s and early 1960s, though his goal ultimately eluded him. This CD in Verve's Jazz in Paris reissue series combines two separate dates originally made for Barclay and Polydor. For the most part, Thomas' approach to the guitar is rather laid back, particularly in his spacious arrangement to "All the Things You Are." As a result, the music throughout both dates is enjoyable though it falls short of being an essential purchase.

-01. "L' Imbécile" - René Thomas - 3:13
-02. "How About You?" - Ralph Freed / Burton Lane2:37
-03. "All the Things You Are" - Oscar Hammerstein II / Jerome Kern3:41
-04. "Relaxin' at the Grand Balcon" - René Thomas3:17
-05. "The Continental" - Con Conrad / Herbert Magidson2:54
-06. "There Will Never Be Another You" - Mack Gordon / Harry Warren2:27
-07. "Lover Man" - Jimmy Davis / Roger "Ram" Ramirez / Jimmy Sherman3:38
-08. "If I Had You" - Jimmy Campbell / Reginald Connelly / Ted Shapiro4:15
-09. "Shine" - Lew Brown / Ford Dabney / Cecil Mack2:59
-10. "My Old Flame" - Sam Coslow / Arthur Johnston4:47
-11. "Goodnight, Wherever You Are" - Al Hoffman / Dick Robertson / Frank Weldon4:01
-12. "Easy to Love" - Cole Porter2:42
-13. "The Real Cat" - René Thomas4:18
-14. "Someone to Watch over Me" - George Gershwin / Ira Gershwin3:19
-15. "Get Happy" - Harold Arlen / Ted Koehler3:16
-16. "A Night in Tunisia" - Dizzy Gillespie / Frank Paparelli4:41

* Double Bass – Benoît Quersin, Jean-Marie Ingrand
* Drums – Jean-Louis Viale, José Bourguignon
* Guitar – René Thomas
* Piano – René Urtreger, Roland Ronchaud
* Saxophone – André Ross, Serge "Bib" Monville



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