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FRANCY BOLAND - PLAYING WITH THE TRIO label: REARWARD (RWCD-148)

 

 

Tracklist

1. Nights in Warsaw
2. I'm all smiles
3. Myriam doll
4. Night lady
5. Gamal Sady'n'em
6. Lonely girl
7. Dierdre's blues
8. The girl and the turk
9. Like someone in love

“There is a two-fold pleasure in listening to the leader of a big band
play in a trio setting. First, there is the satisfaction of hearing a voice
that is normally in the background being brought to centre stage. As
a composer and arranger, Francy Boland typically spoke with many
tongues. Like Ellington, he wrote with specific players in mind and
so, as with a playwright, we usually hear his thoughts interpreted
and given utterance by others. The big band format allows the
band-leader to project their ideas in grand form, and with the widest
range of tones and emphases. It also allows a reserved composer
to hide his own light amidst the blaze of brighter burning stars.
Boland was of famously modest and self-effacing nature, so to hear
him play in this context is something to treasure. And with Klook
and Woode behind him the session is, of course, a perfectly cut
gem: unassuming but wholly flawless, and shining with intelligent
musical light.
Second, there is a more intellectual pleasure, for with an occasional
trio like this one we get to examine the music of a large ensemble in
reduced form, and from the most privileged point of view. In the
company of the composer himself, the trio guides us through
versions of familiar Clarke-Boland numbers that have been pared
back to absolute essentials, allowing us to see the delicate forms
that reside within the complex machinery of Boland’s arrangements.
The thickets of brass and reeds, the star turns by soloists, the sheer
noise and drama of the big band all drop away: the songs are
stripped down to founding principles, to the clear colours and subtle
accents of the compositional heartwood.
And with this trio in particular we also have the privilege of
observing the reactions that take place at the core of the band. Not
only do we get to hear Boland’s piano in the foreground, but we
also hear the quality of his relationship with Klook in direct form.
Their interaction cushioned by the supremely constant Jimmy
Woode, the two leaders of what was unquestionably the premier
European jazz big band of its era can here be heard stretching out
on their own material. There was good reason to separate these
recordings from their original setting on Boland’s Vogue LP Going
Classic, where they had appeared stirred through with orchestral
arrangements, for the private conversation between these three
master musicians has all the wisdom and reserve that befits vast
experience and immaculate good taste. We should feel lucky that
we can listen in.”
Francis Gooding

 

Personnel:
Francy Boland • piano
Jimmy Woode Jr. • bass
Kenny Clarke • drums
Producted by Gigi Campi
Recorded at Lindstrom Studio,
Cologne, February 19th 1967