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The Best of Jef Gilson

Artist: Jef Gilson
Jef Gilson - The Best of Jef Gilson CD
Label: Jazzman
Regular Price: $17.95
On Sale For: $8.98 
Year: 2011
Format: CD


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JazzmanRecords presents one of the most brilliant and productive jazzmen everto have lived: French pianist, composer and arranger extraordinaire Jef Gilson.With his career spanning the best part of a century, Gilson has mademusic with a who's-who of European and American jazz greats, haswritten, performed on and recorded innumerable film scores, albums and45s, ran the Palm jazz record label... yet despite all this, the Frenchjazzman remains criminally under-appreciated by so many jazz fans. Lookhim up on the internet -- there isn't even a Wikipedia entry! Jazzmanaddresses this unfortunate situation by releasing 19 songs spanningdecades of his recording career. High points include the awesome modalmasterpiece "Modalité Pour Mimi"; "Chakan" and "Agnus Dei," whichfeature a cathedral choir, and lesser-known private recordings such as"Valerie's Waltz" and "Valse A Quatre Temps." Jazzman also includesfield recordings made on his trip to Madagascar, including a percussiveversion of the Lloyd Miller favorite "Chant Inca" and an unforgettable version of Pharoah Sanders'cult classic "The Creator Has A Masterplan." All in all, this is one ofthe finest albums Jazzman Records has made to date. Jef Gilson is now84 years-old and wheelchair-bound. This album is all about thelittle-known musical genius, and the label has done their very best torepresent his life story with the best of his music. Includesnever-before-seen pictures, photos and images as well as exhaustive andextensive original liner notes in both English AND French.
Jef Gilson (piano); Jean Louis Chautemps (sax); Jacques Liesse (guitar); Lee Dulamp (double bass)
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