Jean-Louis Chautemps

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Jean-Louis Chautemps (born August 6, 1931 in Paris ) is a French jazz musician (also composer) and author. In addition to the saxophone (tenor, baritone, alto, soprano) he also plays the flute, piano, bass clarinet and double bass.

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Chautemps first studied medicine, then law. He was a member of the band of Jef Gilson (1950), Claude Bolling (1952 to 1954), Jacques Hélian (1956/7) and Jay Cameron . In 1955/56 he accompanied Chet Baker on his European tour. In 1956 he performed with Vera Auer at the German Jazz Festival . He also played with jazz musicians such as Lester Young , Django Reinhardt , Sidney Bechet , Roy Eldridge , Lucky Thompson and Kenny Clarke . In the late 1950s he was employed as a soloist and arranger in the Kurt Edelhagen Orchestra (recordings in 1959) for several years . In the 1960s he played a. a. in the orchestra of Jef Gilson, with Nathan Davis and André Hodeir and led his own groups (album Oeil Vision with Jef Gilson, Jean-Luc Ponty 1963). He tried free jazz and in the 1980s with electronic music in his own quartet (including with Jannick Top ), with Bernard Lubat (1976 to 1980) and in the saxophone quartet "Le Quatuor de Saxophones" with Jacques Di Donato , François Jeanneau , Philippe Maté ("Double Messieurs" 1980, "Mad Sax 2" 1982). He played in the Orchester National de Jazz under François Jeanneau . He continued to play u. a. with Martial Solal (on “Chautemps” 1988, “Solal et son orchester jouent Hodeir ” 1984), Kenny Wheeler , Daniel Humair , André Ceccarelli , René Urtreger (“Darn That Dream” 2006 with Riccardo Del Fra , “Un direct d´Antibes “1980), Jacques Vidal , Lee Konitz (1980), John Lewis (1970), Lester Bowie (1974), Aldo Romano and French Connection (Berlin Jazzfest 1980), Woody Shaw . In 2008 he played several versions of a composition fragment by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart for ARTE .

He also wrote for “Cahiers du Jazz”, of which he was temporarily editor-in-chief. In 1987 he published a book on the saxophone playing "Le Saxophone" (Éditions Lattes).

In 1965 he received the Prix ​​Django Reinhardt .


  • Kunzler Jazz Lexicon 2002

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  1. Philippe Carles , Jean-Louis Comolli Free Jazz, Black Power , Frankfurt am Main 1974: “Since 1965 he has repeatedly participated in free jazz concerts in Paris ... and proves that he has the most important characteristics of the music of Ayler and Shepp has assimilated perfectly. "