Jean-François Jenny-Clark

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Jean-François "J.-F." Jenny-Clark (born July 12, 1944 in Toulouse , † October 6, 1998 in Paris ) was a French double bass player . He was considered one of the most important and accomplished bass players in European jazz of his time.

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His family is from the USA. After two years of self-taught occupation with the double bass, he enrolled at the Paris Conservatoire National de Music , where he completed his studies in 1968 with a first prize. During his studies with drummer Aldo Romano he built a rhythm team that formed the basis for Bernard Vitet's free jazz group in 1965 and for Don Cherry's quintet as well as for concerts with Keith Jarrett (around 1970) and in 1975 for Jasper van ' t Hof's rock jazz group Pork Pie (with Charlie Mariano ). He also worked with Michel Portal , Barney Wilen , Steve Lacy , Charles Tolliver , Steve Kuhn and Slide Hampton .

As a member of Diego Masson's Ensemble Musique Vivante , he also performed works of contemporary music by John Cage , Luciano Berio , Mauricio Kagel , Karlheinz Stockhausen , Pierre Boulez and Vinko Globokar .

From 1984 to 1987 he led the Franco-German jazz ensemble together with Albert Mangelsdorff . Since around 1985 Jenny-Clark has been heard mainly in a trio with pianist Joachim Kühn and drummer Daniel Humair . This fantastically well-rehearsed exceptional group was characterized by a balanced juxtaposition of the finest nuances and power play and was occasionally expanded by Michel Portal (cf. 9-11 PM Town Hall , 1988)

His timing, his intonation, and his feeling for sensitive ensemble playing made Jenny-Clark a sought-after “companion”. For example, he has worked with Don Cherry, Karl Berger , Joe Henderson , Gato Barbieri , Chet Baker , Stan Getz , Helen Merrill , Richard Galliano , Michel Petrucciani, and Martial Solal . Jenny-Clark, who died of lung cancer at the age of 54, has only recorded one album under her own name ( Unison , 1987).

In 1974 he was awarded the Prix ​​Django Reinhardt .


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