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It is almost 20 years since Christian Villeboeuf (BBCB) gave me a copy of this recording on tape!
I was playing in his big-band at the time... I've always loved this recording, first of all because of the incredible sound of the two flutists (Frank Wess and Frank Foster), the economy of the piano solos, the balance of the wind instrumental parts , this beautiful ballad played on muted trumpet by Thad Jones, the irresistible swing of "Secrets"... The tape is still running... At the same time,there is an "aristocratic" and childlike sound in the themes and chorus. This is really a music for cats! Small, well behaved, old and grumpy, nonchalant, acrobats...
This is after (before yesterday, actually...) I realized that Basie was one of the pillars of the birth of swing and the most representative symbol of the wave of American big bands, that he multiplied prestigious collaborations : Fats Waller, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Lester Young...

Recording (in the style of '40s Jazz) in 1962, he then created the "Kansas City 7" with Thad Jones, Eric Dixon, Frank Wess, Frank Foster, Freddie Green... So this is the story : exactly 50 years after the release of this legendary album, I have the nerve to create the Chalon/S "Kansas City 7.1"! We will first have the pleasure of playing this album completely and then will arrange and play other Basie jewels.
About the band, I have the distinct impression of having chosen a "crew" for a long trip... I should say "pirates of confidence"...

For the center of the crew, I needed to have a very strong rhythmic. In this type of band, the real boss is the drummer. So, all the way from his Caribbean island, I called on the world's brush specialist, a connoisseur of style, master of tempo, stable, accurate... : Captain Sylvain LAVILLE (drums).
Sebastien BACQUIAS (bass) would be his first lieutenant. Discreet. Concentrated. He noted the exact very special bass lines from Eddie Jones... On guitar: Celine KELLER, elegance and sophistication guaranteed... So much for the captaincy. So much for the captaincy.

I also needed 2 or 3 other pirates...
I needed (also) a « classy » tenor sax, a beautiful sound, velvet and powerful : Joseph LAPCHINE. Bob PLEINET added a free and generous trumpet with his New Orleans sound and culture... And then... a "matey" still surprised to find himself with all these Burgundy old foxes : Jonathan CARETTE - piano and organ. 25 years old, student of Fred Nardin, a very young pianist with everything needed to become a master, including the economic way to play like the Count himself...

Back line:

Patrick RUDANT - flutes
Joseph LAPCHINE - tenor sax
Bob PLEINET - trumpet
Jonathan CARETTE - piano and organ
Celine KELLER - guitar
Sebastien BACQUIAS - bass
Sylvain LAVILLE - drums
 
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Kansas City 7.1 is currently recording to make you wait, we suggest you go listen to the original album on Deezer Count Basie by following this link.
 
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