Various Artists

Jazz in Paris: Jazz & Cinéma, Vol. 3

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The Jazz in Paris: Jazz and Cinema series of Verve CD reissues examines jazz recorded for French film soundtracks in the late '50s and early '60s. This third compilation is the least successful of the first three, as few of the tracks stand on their own merit away from the movies they accompanied. Written for the film Les Loups Dans la Bergerie, the compositions of Serge Gainsbourg might be labeled cool, though they are rarely given time to develop and feature no major soloists in Alan Gouraguer's arrangements. Less successful are Andre Hodeir's somewhat boppish charts for Les Tripe au Soleil, which have extremely distracting scat vocals by Christiane Legrand that frequently seem off-key. The best of the lot is a remake of four songs composed by Freddie Redd for The Connection, which began life as a play. The potent trumpet of Sonny Grey and sassy trombone of Luis Miguel Fuentes constitute the centerpiece of each selection. This session also marked the recording debut of drummer Daniel Humair as a leader, who recruited René Urtreger to write the arrangements. It is these four tracks that make this anthology worth acquiring.

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