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Claude Luter & Barney Bigard - The Paris Session


14 March 2011
Clarinetist, saxophonist and bandleader (1923-2006) Claude Luter towered over the landscape of the Post-War Paris jazz scene. A longtime confederate of American bandleader Sidney Bechet, he championed the sound and spirit of traditional jazz into the 21st century.
In the wake of World War II the French embraced American jazz with new fervour, and the caves of Paris' St. Germain de Prés served as the music's epicentre; Luter's trio was the toast of the intellectual elite, playing to crowds that included Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre, and made their first recordings in 1946. Two years later, at the first Nice Jazz Festival, Luter befriended the great Louis Armstrong, and in the months to follow he recorded with a who's who of visiting American jazz musicians including Willie "The Lion" Smith, Rex Stewart, and Buck Clayton. His collaborations with Sydney Bechet and fellow clarinettist Barney Bigard (both live and recorded) were legendary.
Recorded in 1960, and originally released on the French Vogue label, this sought-after album by collectors, is one of Barney Bigard's most exciting recordings. Teamed with fellow clarinettist Claude Luter and a fine French rhythm section, Bigard and Luter swing their way through dixieland and swing standards, as well as a pair of originals.
1 Struttin' with some barbecue
2 Mood Indigo
3 Double Gin Stomp
4 Sweet Lorraine
5 Royal Garden Blues
6 Doobooloo Blues
7 Honeysuckle Rose
8 China Boy
9 "C" Jam Blues
10 Sobbin' and Cryin'
11 S' Wonderful
12 Promenade aux Champs-Elysées