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John Lewis & Sacha Distel - Afternoon In Paris

 (Limited Edition )


Sam Records



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EAN: 3700409814310
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It was in Paris that John Lewis co-led this 1956 date with Sacha Distel, a French guitarist who never became well known in the U.S. but commanded a lot of respect in French jazz circles. The same can be said about the other French players employed on Afternoon in Paris — neither tenor saxophonist Barney Wilen nor bassist Pierre Michelot were huge names in the U.S., although both were well known in European jazz circles.

With Lewis on piano, Distel on guitar, Wilen on tenor, Michelot or Percy Heath on bass, and Kenny Clarke or Connie Kay on drums, the part-American, part-French group of improvisers provides an above-average bop album that ranges from “Willow Weep for Me,” “All The Things You Are,” and “I Cover the Waterfront” to Milt Jackson’s “Bags’ Groove” and Lewis’ title song. The big-toned Wilen was only 19 when "Afternoon in Paris" was recorded, but as his lyrical yet hard-swinging solos demonstrate, he matured quickly as a sax man. A mythic LP and one of the best recorded in France!

Side 1
1. I Cover The Waterfront
2. Dear Old Stockholm
3. Afternoon In Paris

Side 2
4. All The Things You Are
5. Bags’ Groove
6. Willow Deep For Me

Customer Reviews (4.56 Stars) 9 person(s) rated this product.

Great release

posted on 12/06/2020
5 Stars
This is a lovely record to play on a quiet Sunday afternoon. The songs and musicianship are first rate. The pressing is quiet and flat. Bass and guitar sound like they're in my room.

Beautiful Sound

posted on 12/04/2020
5 Stars
Reviewer: Elubow
This 1956 French Mono recording has exemplary sound. Each instrument closely miked and yet a nice sense of ambiance. Great bass. The playing is wonderful as well. Can imagine it could get much better. Vinyl quiet and flat.

The HYPE is completely wrong!

posted on 11/16/2020
4 Stars
Reviewer: Kevin J
I recently purchased a few SAMS records including this but compared to AP & MM recordings, this is record is perhaps mediocre. I’d give it a 3 and a half stars. For being $40 record, it needs to do better. Not the hype I thought the records would be. Streaming on Tidal is as good as the analog-remastered record, especially comparing this one. Even records in the TONE POET SERIES are much better.

Sam I Am

posted on 08/08/2020
5 Stars
Great Record. Great sound.

Great Stuff

posted on 06/02/2016
4 Stars
The more I listen to this record the more I like it. Very good recording for the period and well pressed. The contrast between the journeymen American Jazzmen and the up and coming French musicians is fascinating. So much fun, I ordered two more Sams Records a few days after listening to this one.

Sam Records does it again !

posted on 11/07/2015
5 Stars
The copy I received was perfectly flat with no defects. This is a wonderful mono recording - highly recommended.

Had to return.....

posted on 09/05/2015
3 Stars
Upon playing side one, noticed a bad warp thus had to return. Hope it's not a batch issue.

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