Rare soundtrack work from Parisian guitarist Henri Crolla – best known as a straight jazz artist, but sounding plenty darn great here in a cinematic setting! The CD brings together 3 soundtrack sessions from Crolla – two shorter dates that feature orchestrations by Hubert Rostaing, and one longer set with especially great charts from Andre Hodier! First up is Cette Sacre Gamine from 1955, a quartet of tracks that have Crolla's guitar alongside Rostaing's clarinet – cutting warmly graceful lines on tracks that include "Boidi Boidi Boidi Boi", "Jardin Dans La Nuit", "Des Filles Sensass", and "Dans Ma Tete". Next are four more tracks from Une Parisienne, recorded in 1957 – again with Rostaing, who plays alto sax here, in a larger, jazzier group that also include Martial Solal on piano and Roger Guerin on trumpet, as well as some great scat vocals from Christine Legrand on one number! Legrand sings on the dynamic "Paris BB", and other titles include "Valse Du Roi", "Duo Du Balcon", and "La Parisienne". Last up is the full score for Saint Tropez Blues – co-written by Crolla and Andre Hodier, and featuring an array of players that includes George Arvanitas and Maurice Vander on piano, Michel De Villers on baritone sax, Raymond Guiot on flute, Nat
Peck on trombone, Roger Guerin on trumpet, Pierre Michelot on bass, and Jean-Pierre Drouet on vibes. Crolla's guitar isn't nearly as prominent as on some of the other tunes, but the soundtrack is still a great one – and some of the best numbers have the vibrant jazzy feel of some of the better-known scores from the French New Wave. Titles include "Piano Mechanique", "Pot Pourri", "La Ponche", "Petit Mambo", "Blues Pour Flute", "Mambo", "Barbecue 1", "Paris Saint Tropez", and "Tumbleweed" – which features vocals by Marie Laforet.