Bolling: Concerto for Guitar & Jazz Piano Trio
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Through the composer, pianist and big band leader Claude Bolling, American music represented by Duke Ellington and Count Basie, became known and respected in Europe. Bolling, the pupil who became master, representing European music, introduced the ingenious mixture of jazz and classical music to the United States through his Suite for the flute and a piano jazz trio with Jean-Pierre Rampal which beat all records by staying in the Billboard charts for 530 weeks. Alexandre Lagoya, a leading guitarist of the XXth century, commissioned Claude Bolling for this concerto, another masterpiece of crossover Alexander Lagoya, Michel Gaudry, Marc Michel, Marcel Sabiani, Andre Arpino
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That is not a criticism by any means. In a way, this is some of the most inventive music Bolling ever penned. Many of these are idiomatically "guitarish". AFRICAINE touches on several themes - jazz, blues, tango, classical whereas INVENTION sought after Bach (was the name a pun?) This is a more private album, one that benefits from a solitary rather than public listening, perhaps due to the detailed playing that is difficult to grasp in the public social setting.
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