Kenny Clarke

The Paris Bebop Sessions

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This LP, which has not yet been reissued on CD by Fantasy, has three separate sessions led by drummer Kenny Clarke during his first two visits to Paris (which led to him eventually becoming an expatriate). The pair of 1948 sessions mostly feature notable young American boppers including trumpeters Howard McGhee and Benny Bailey, altoist Jimmy Heath, baritonist Cecil Payne and pianist John Lewis. The 1950 date showcases tenor saxophonist James Moody in a quartet with bassist Pierre Michelot and pianist Ralph Schecroun who would later rename himself Errol Parker. These fairly rare titles are valuable for the exciting playing of McGhee, Moody, Bailey and the forgotten altoist John Brown along with the modern and supportive drumming of Clarke.

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