2017/06/24

Francy Boland - Playing With The Trio (1967)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 37:43 | Size: 86.24 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
Side 1
1. Nights In Warsaw 2:40
2. I'M All Smiles 3:41
3. Myriam Doll 4:15
4. Night Lady 3:55
5. Gamal Sady'N'Em 5:01

Side 2
1. Lonely Girl 2:50
2. Diedre's Blues 5:00
3. The Girl And The Turk 4:02
4. Like Someone In Love 6:48

Recorded in Lindström Studios, Cologne, February 19th 1967

Bass – Jimmy Woode
Drums – Kenny Clarke
Piano – Francy Boland
 
It is truly commendable the activity of the Milanese label Ishtar, which combines the production of contemporary artists with a valuable work of re-publishing albums that can not be found. Now, under the trademark of the subsidiary Schema Rearward, publishes a rare record of the trio by Francy Boland with Kenny Clarke and Jimmy Woode, who at the time (we talk about 1967) had little spread in Italy.

Francy Boland has disappeared, half-forgotten, on August 12, 2005, at the age of 75. In the 1960s, he was one of the few jazzmen in Europe able to hold a confrontation with US colleagues and with drummer Kenny Clarke one of the greatest orchestras of the time (winning the Down Beat Critics Poll in 1969). Funded by Italian entrepreneur Gigi Campi, the Clarke-Boland Big Band was born on the core of the rhythmic section here, featuring a formidable swing machine thanks to Boland's orchestrations.

Born in Namur (Belgium), he had made bones as a pianist beside Rene Thomas, Bobby Jaspar and Jacques Pelzer, beginning writing arrangements for Henri Renaud. At the end of the 1950s he was in the United States writing for Count Basie, Benny Goodman and Mary Lou Williams. Back in Europe, he began working with Clarke.

This record, recorded in Cologne on February 19, 1967, was born in a break of orchestral work and highlighted both the abilities of Boland as a soloist and the fanciful work of the trio. The most striking aspect in these performances is the strong collective cohesion and the contagious swing that characterizes the music track. Except for the lullaby "Like Like Someone in Love", which closes the work, in all the songs is seen the propulsive and colorful rhythmic game of the protagonists. The role of Kenny Clarke is exemplary in supporting and suggesting new paths to Boland's solism that reveals rhapsodist pianist and capable of long narratives. In his style emerge lucidity of phrasing, resolute touch, glowing swing and mastery in managing volumes and colors.

A trio still today, which is listened to with great pleasure and embodies the essence of the modern piano jazz school of Powell.
 

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