Raymond Fol

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Raymond Fol (* 9. April 1928 in Paris ; † 1. May 1979 ) was a French jazz - pianist and composer of Swing .

Live and act

Raymond Fol grew up in a family of musicians and was a student of Henri Challan , Marthe Morhange and Nadia Boulanger . He first played traditional jazz around 1945 in a formation with his brother Hubert Fol and the trumpeter Boris Vian , and later with Django Reinhardt (1949–1951). He also worked with Chet Baker , Claude Abadie , Claude Leon , Pierre Michelot , Stéphane Grappelli , Kenny Clarke , James Moody , Roy Eldridge , Guy Lafitte and was a member of the orchestras of Aimé Barelli , Sidney Bechet and Claude Luter .

Fol created Vivaldi's Four Seasons in Jazz in 1965 - based on Vivaldi motifs - and led a big band with 27 musicians, including Johnny Griffin , Fats Sadi and Art Taylor . He remained connected to the music of Duke Ellington throughout his life ; with him he was in 1969 and 1974 worked for France-tours as a guest soloist and played with the Ellington musicians Paul Gonsalves and Cat Anderson .

In the style of the pianist Fol, influences from Fats Waller , Erroll Garner , and Duke Ellington emerge ; As an arranger he is an Ellington student and has composed numerous swing tracks. Duke Ellington wrote in his autobiography: "Every time I am there (in Paris) I have something composed by Raymond Fol". In 1970 Fol was allowed to represent Ellington, who was ill, at a performance by his orchestra at New York's Rainbow Grill and also on a European tour.

In the 1970s, Fol made frequent guest appearances in Germany (most recently in 1979), playing with René Franc et les Bootleggers , as a solo pianist and with a formation with Gérard Badini and Michel Gaudry . Festival Swinging Paris was the name of a show with which Fol toured Europe in 1978 as a solo pianist and as a member of Sam Woodyard's Jazz Five Europe .

In honor of Raymond Fol, the Raymond Fol jazz festival has been held since 1989 at his home in Matagot ( Chaudeyrolles / Haute-Loire department ) near Mont Mézenc .

Selection discography

As a leader
As a sideman
  • Cat Anderson: Plays Toilet Cell Phone ( Black & Blue Records , 1978)
  • Harold Ashby : Scufflin ' (Black & Blue, 1978)
  • Chet Baker: Chet Baker in Paris - Barclay Sessions, 1955–1956, ( Universal , 2000)
  • Roy Eldridge: The Complete Vogue Recordings in the American Jazz in Paris Series, Vol. 2: French Cooking , 1950–51, ( Disques Vogue )
  • Dizzy Gillespie : Plays In Paris , 1952/53, original vogue masters series ( Bertelsmann Music Group / BMG , 1998)
  • Paul Gonsalves: Just A-Sittin 'And A-Rockin' ( Black Lion Records , 1970)
  • Lionel Hampton : Ring Dem Vibes ( Blue Star , 1976); re-released in 2000 in the Jazz in Paris series (Gitanes / Universal)
  • Slide Hampton : Exodus (Philips Records, 1962), re-released 2001 in the Jazz in Paris series (Gitanes / Universal)
  • Johnny Hodges , Coleman Hawkins : Johnny Hodges, Coleman Hawkins - The Vogue Recordings , 1949/50, original vogue masters series (BMG, 1999)
  • Guy Lafitte: Blue And Sentimental (Club français du disque, 1954), re-released in 2001 in the Jazz in Paris series (Gitanes / Universal)
  • James Moody, Frank Foster : James Moody and Frank Foster in Paris , 1951, (Disques Vogue, 1995)
  • Django Reinhardt: Nuits de Saint-Germain des-Prés , 1951–53, Jazz in Paris series (Gitanes / Universal, 2002)
  • Clark Terry: Clark Terry And His Orchestra Featuring Paul Gonsalves , 1959, ( Storyville Records , 2002)


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Individual evidence

  1. cit. after Kunzler, 368