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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers Avec Barney Wilen - "Lis Liaisons Dangereuses 1960"





Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers Avec Barney WilenLes Liaisons Dangereuses 1960
Vinyl LP, Stereo Japanese Pressing
Fontana

One of the last things Boris Vian did before his passing, was to appear in Roger Vadim's Les Dangereuses 1960. A great album with a fantastic soundtrack by Art Blakey and his Jazz Messengers... I think. For some reason the film credits mentions Thelonous Monk doing the score, which as far as I know, is not the case. And also someone else has claimed that they did the score as well. So its a bit of a mystery to me, but on the other hand it sure sounds like Art Blakey.

The album by all means, is a classic. It really conveys to me the importance of Jazz in French films during the 1950s as well as the early '60s. One wonders why it stopped? Nevertheless this updated version of the Libertine classic is the gateway to the morals of the 1960s or at the very least one can hear the door opening to something forbidden. The music is very sexy, and like champagne it can go to one's head, and by next morning one knows you were hit by a small bomb behind the ear lobe.