Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band

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Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band
OriginParis, France
Genres Jazz
Years active1960–1980
Labels Atlantic, MPS

The Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band was one of the most noteworthy jazz big bands formed outside the United States. [1]

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History

American drummer Kenny Clarke and Belgian pianist Francy Boland started the band in Paris in 1960. [2] A sextet became an octet before expanding into a big band that combined European musicians with American jazz expatriates. [2] The debut album, Jazz Is Universal , was released in 1962. [2]

Kenny Clarke American jazz drummer

Kenneth Clarke Spearman, nicknamed Klook, was an American jazz drummer and bandleader. A major innovator of the bebop style of drumming, he pioneered the use of the Ride cymbal to keep time rather than the hi-hat, along with the use of the bass drum for irregular accents.

François Boland was a classically trained Belgian jazz composer and pianist.

<i>Jazz Is Universal</i> 1962 studio album by Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band

Jazz Is Universal is an album by the Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band featuring performances recorded in Germany in 1961 for the Atlantic label. The album was the first by the Big Band although earlier recordings by Kenny Clarke and Francy Boland's Octet had been released previously.

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Zoot Sims jazz musician

John Haley "Zoot" Sims was an American jazz saxophonist, playing mainly tenor but also alto saxophone. He first gained attention in the "Four Brothers" sax section of Woody Herman's big band, afterward enjoying a long solo career, often in partnership with fellow saxmen Gerry Mulligan and Al Cohn, and the trombonist Bob Brookmeyer.

Derek Roy Watkins was an English jazz, pop and classical trumpet player. Best known for his lead trumpet work on the soundtracks of James Bond films, Watkins recorded with every notable British jazz bandleader as well as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra and The Beatles. Dizzy Gillespie called him "Mr. Lead".

Personnel

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Discography

<i>Handle with Care</i> (Clarke-Boland Big Band album) 1963 studio album by Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band

Handle with Care is an album by the Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band featuring performances recorded in Germany in 1963 for the Atlantic label.

<i>Now Hear Our Meanin</i> 1965 studio album by Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band

Now Hear Our Meanin' is an album by the Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band featuring performances recorded in Germany in 1963 and released on the Columbia label in 1965.

<i>Swing, Waltz, Swing</i> 1966 studio album by Carl Drevo and the Clarke-Boland Big Band

Swing, Waltz, Swing is an album by Carl Drevo and the Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band featuring performances recorded in Germany in 1966 for the German Philips label. The album features big band interpretations of classical waltzes interspersed with jazz standards and original compositions.

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References

  1. Berendt, Joachim (1976). The Jazz Book. Paladin. pp. 366–367.
  2. 1 2 3 Ankeny, Jason. "Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Bandy". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 July 2019.
  3. Encyclopedia del Jazz: Kenny Clarke accessed September 20, 2016

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"Fats" Sadi Pol Lallemand was a Belgian jazz musician, vocalist, and composer who played vibraphone and percussion. He chose the name "Sadi" because he disliked his last name, which means "the German" in French. He had his own quartet and nonet. Sadi won the Belgian Golden Django for best French-speaking artist in 1996.