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Bolling: Suite for Flute & Jazz Piano Trio Import, Original recording remastered

4.9 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

The Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio was a true revolution in the classical world in the US when it was firs released on LP in 1976 . Firstly because Claude Bolling had the idea of mixing the greatest musical movement of the 20th century - jazz - with classical music. America's appreciation of this cross-breeding raised the Suite to head the hit-parade for two years and to be ranked in the Billboard for 10 years (530 weeks). Through this work, Claude Bolling can be considered as the creator of 'crossover music'. His musical partner, Jean-Pierre Rampal, is now esteemed as the great classical flautist of the 20th century.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Baroque And Blue
  2. Sentimentale
  3. Javanaise
  4. Fugace
  5. Irlandaise
  6. Versatile (With Bass Flute)
  7. Veloce


Product Details

  • Performer: Claude Bolling, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Max Hediguer, Marcel Sabiani
  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Claude Bolling
  • Audio CD (June 10, 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: FREMEAUX & ASSOC. FR
  • ASIN: B00006329Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,062 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Robert G. Leroe VINE VOICE on March 15, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I bought this on cassette over 20 years ago, and it continues to be #1 in my top ten list of favorite recordings. It is a perfect blend of baroque and jazz. I remember playing this in my car and my passenger was amazed at the structure of the music, particularly transitions within the pieces. I like all of Bollings series of "_____ and jazz piano" but this is the best of all. It remains fresh & creative. How could anyone not find this music compelling?
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As a flutist, this is one of my favorite pieces of music both to play and to hear. There are other recordings available, but none with the upbeat, jazzy flair of the original Bolling-Rampal collaboration, and I did not want to remix my 30-year-old vinyl copy into a CD. I bought the Music Minus One version several months ago and it sounded almost funereal compared to the original. A strong recommendation for jazz and classical music lovers as well as for those just beginning to explore these genres.
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First heard this record in a restaurant in 1978. Had to go get it immediately. Finally, we can get in on CD too!
Mostly uptempo lounge jazz (poor description, I know), SFFAJPT will become a favorite of yours, I'll bet. Good melodic hooks, thunderous piano, and expressive flute playing.
One's taste in music is so subjective it can be difficult or impossible to denote it words, so therein lies the flaw. But this is a low-risk purchase. There is almost no way you won't like SOMETHING on this disc.
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It's Absolutely magnificent. I've never hard before this kind of variation of jazz. It's so elegant and so emotive at the same time!!!. I personally recommend it.
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I'm a fan of all sorts of music, from film music to pop/rock, folk, some country, vocal, opera, classical, and even some heavy metal. I don't have ANY music like this other than some of the other Bolling suites. This and "Suite No. 2" for Flute and Jazz Piano are ESSENTIAL. They never get old, and are like old friends every time you hear them, as they never fail to deliver. Whatever type of music you like or don't like, if you try this disc out and don't find yourself feeling happier than you were before you put it on, there's something wrong with you. One of those rare discs (like the Beach Boys' "Pet Sounds") that should be in every person's music library, to pop on from time-to-time as they go through life. I'm sure I will be listening to this and other Bolling jazz suites for decades and decades to come. He is the master of this art form as far as I'm concerned.
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Recorded by Disques Erato in France in 1975, the original U.S. release of the Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano was on the Columbia Masterworks label. The Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano is a jazz-inspired trio piece written in seven-movement baroque-classical sonata format. Flautist Jean-Pierre Rampal, pianist Claude Bolling and drummer Max Hediguer convey a priceless level of joy and enthusiasm in this music.

Per the original 1975 Columbia LP liner notes, also reproduced in the earlier CD release as CBS Masterworks MK 33233 issued back in 1984: "One floor in the CBS Building...houses Columbia Records' Artists & Repertoire divisions - pop, jazz and classical. A feeling of camaraderie generally exists among the workers but the sound of a tape or disc reference denoting a new release can, and often does, lead to patient shrugs or tempered verbal exchanges between people of widely differing musical persuasions. A happy exception to this attitude of reluctant laissez-faire occurred recently when pianist Claude Bolling's Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano was played in a producer's office. The universal appeal of this record became immediately apparent when other producers and secretaries from all divisions converged spontaneously in an expression of enthusiastic interest."

For unknown reasons, Sony (Columbia/CBS) no longer has the contract rights for this album. However, this Milan re-issue is the EXACT same performance and album as the one sold by Columbia in the 1970s and 1980s, albeit the cover art is slightly different. Sound quality of this album remains excellent, as it was on the previous CBS/Sony LP and CD releases.

Almost 40 years have passed since the initial release of this album.
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By A Customer on July 31, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I bought this record when it came out back in late '74 or early '75 when I was 11 years old. I was already a pianist and it inspired me to take up the flute as well. It's probably the best collection of flute/jazz piano songs I've ever heard. Rampal's playing is smooth and flawless, and Claude Bolling's instrumentation on the piano is a perfect complement. The songs vary in tempo and style, and every cut is worth listening to. Highly recommended.
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This is the disc that started the rave for Claude Bolling's jazz in the 1970's. The French jazz is light, sweet and captivating. It lead to, among other pieces, the Suite for Violin and Jazz Piano commissioned by Pinchas Zukerman; the Picnic Suite for Flute, Classical Guitar and Jazz Piano; and what may be the best of the lot, the under-appreciated masterpiece, the Concerto for Classical Guitar and Jazz Piano. A great introduction to Bolling's delightful French twist on American jazz.
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