Monday, November 30, 2015

Pierre Michelot - Round About a Bass

Pierre Michelot was one of the very best jazz bassists in Europe, though few fans think of him as a bandleader, composer, or arranger. This reissue of an LP made for Mercury dates from 1963, where Michelot is joined by some of the top players on the continent. In addition to fresh arrangements of standard fare like "Cherokee" and "Bye, Bye Blackbird," the leader penned five compositions, including the tasty blues "Akkilino," which is an extended feature for his bass and Roger Guerin's muted trumpet. "Elephant Green" showcases flutist Raymond Guiot and Pierre Gossez's robust baritone saxophone in a melancholy ballad setting. Like many of Verve's Jazz in Paris CD reissues, this recording is a sleeper that is well worth acquiring, even if its running time is a tad miserly at around 32 minutes. - by Ken Dryden, AMG

Artist: Pierre Michelot
Album. Round About A Bass
Year: 1963 (Mercury)
Label: Gitanes Jazz (24-bit remastered, 2000)
Runtime: 32:47

1.  Cherokee (Ray Noble) 3:19
2.  Gavotte (Roger Guérin) 3:26
3.  Akkilino (Pierre Michelot) 3:17
4.  Elephant Green (Pierre Michelot) 3:59
5.  Sous Les Ponts de Paris (Jean Rodor/Vincent Scotto)3:05
6.  Chet (Pierre Michelot) 3:50
7.  Bye Bye Blackbird (Mort Dixon/Ray Henderson) 3:50
8.  Sweet Feeling (Pierre Michelot) 4:00
9.  Klook's Shadow (Pierre Michelot) 4:01

Pierre Michelot (Double Bass)
Maurice Vander (Piano)
Christian Garros (Drums)
Roger Guerin (Trumpet) - 1,3,4,7,9
Maurice Thomas (Trumpet) - 1,3,4,7,9
Fred Gerard (Trumpet) - 1,3,4,7,9
Charles Verstraete (Trombone) - 1,3,4,7,9
Raymond Kataczynski (Trombone) - 1,9
Benny Vasseaur (Trombone) - 3,4,7,8
Raymond Guiot (Flute, Piccolo) - 1,3,4,7-9
Georges Grenu (Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone) - 4
Michel Portal (Alto Saxophone) - 1,3,4,7-9
Pierre Gossez (Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone) - 1,3,4,7-9
Armand Migiani (Baritone Saxophone) - 1,3,4,7-9


  1. Hi itr,

    Part 1 is failing.


  2. Hi Soyo,
    I checked the links, all parts are working.

  3. It works well for me in Explorer.

    Thank you!

  4. Thanks a lot ! (and let's not forget his impressive part in the "Ascenseur pour l'Echafaud")



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