Claude Bolling has died

The French pianist, composer and conductor Claude Bolling has died aged 90. Inspired early on by Duke Ellington he became famed in the 1950s for his big band. Later he experimented with yéyé and wrote extensively for films. Of his work for the …

Published: 30 Dec 2020. Updated: 17 days.

The French pianist, composer and conductor Claude Bolling has died aged 90.

Inspired early on by Duke Ellington he became famed in the 1950s for his big band. Later he experimented with yéyé and wrote extensively for films. Of his work for the movies Borsalino from 1970 became one of his best known. As too did his 'Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio' that blended elements of the Baroque with jazz in a modern swing style and became popular in the United States, spending a decade in the Billboard charts. Read more in Le Monde.

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French guitarist Tom Ibarra makes a splash with Left Behind

The prospect of Luma from French guitarist Tom Ibarra certainly relieves post-Christmas ennui. On Ibarra's Goatzic label, release date is 29 January 2021. Only 21, Ibarra, born near St Tropez, has picked up a trunk load of awards so far. His …

Published: 30 Dec 2020. Updated: 18 days.

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The prospect of Luma from French guitarist Tom Ibarra certainly relieves post-Christmas ennui. On Ibarra's Goatzic label, release date is 29 January 2021. Only 21, Ibarra, born near St Tropez, has picked up a trunk load of awards so far. His playing résumé has included performing with the likes of French violin great Didier Lockwood and guesting with Miles Davis bass guitar legend Marcus Miller just a few years ago at festivals in Germany and the Ukraine. Ibarra released his first album aged 15, with follow-up Sparkling arriving in 2018, an album that featured a guest appearance from Snarky Puppy leader Michael League. Ibarra's style is an accessible funky amalgam. Think Cory Wong or Tom Misch to jump off from. On 'Left Behind' the feel from drummer Tao Ehrlich and bass undertow is like something steering back to the bustle of Estelle's 2008 hit featuring Kanye West, 'American Boy'. Joining Ibarra on 'Left Behind' are: Jeff Mercadié (sax); Lilian Mille (trumpet); Auxane Cartigny (keys); Noé Berne (bass guitar); Tao Ehrlich (drums). Not an artist for the hardcore improv fan at all but certainly an entertaining player of style, ideas, and character: The guy knows how to stretch out.