A really special album from French tenorist Barney Wilen
– a set of tunes originally recorded to accompany a graphic novel about his troubled life – done at a time when Wilen
had emerged from years of obscurity, and was opening up a whole new chapter in his music! The presentation here is a bit different than some of his other records of the time – as Wilen
blows tenor on a set of tracks that follow the musical journey of his life – early standards, French new wave soundtrack themes, and even some of the global experiments he did while in Africa – before turning to some of the strong work that he did on his return. The group is wonderful – the great Alain Jean Marie on piano, Philippe Petit on guitar, Ricardo Sel Fra on bass, and Sangoma Everett on drums – and titles include "Besame Mucho", "Goodbye", "Triste Again", "Whisper Not", "Un Baiser Rouge", and "Les Jours Heureux". This great package features plenty not with the original record – new mastering of the album, 40 page booklet of liner notes and photos, a bonus CD with a live 1989 performance with Jacky Terrasson on piano, and the 88 page graphic novel Barney
Et La Note Bleue, by Jacques De Loustal and Philippe Paringaux – all wrapped up in a very cool box!
(Individually numbered limited edition pressing – with heavyweight LP, live recording CD, 40 page book and the comic "Barney Et La Note Bleue"!)