Georges Arvanitas plays Duke Ellington (1993)
Release Date: Jan 30, 2007
Bitrate: mp3 320 kbps
The web abounds with excellent jazz blogs who present major jazz masters, past and present, in a most comprehensive and respectful manner. As regular visitors of this blog should know by now, what we do here is try to raise awareness for lesser-known jazz artists who, either due to luck ( or lack thereof ) or choice never earned the recognition they so rightfully deserved.
One such artist is Georges Arvanitas, a French pianist born in 1931 in Marseilles from Greek immigrant parents, a figure of cult status in his native country as well as among visiting US musicians as a respected session contributor; he earned the nickname "Georges Une Prise" ( "One-take George" ) for his reliable efficiency and mastery.
He accompanied and recorder with the likes of Don Byas, Mezz Mezzrow, Dexter Gordon, Chet Baker, Slide Hampton and many others; LPs with his name command astronomical prices in France among collectors. Rumor has it that on Psychiemotus, a 1964 Impulse! Yusef Lateef date on which Arvanitas performed piano duties, Lateef was so smitten by his playing that the album's last piece is an unaccompanied piano rendition of Fats Waller's Ain't Misbehaving.
He was the recipient of the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres award in 1985 for lifetime services; Arvanitas was at home with every jazz piano idiom as I had the chance to witness during the various times I've seen him live and as these offerings from the 90s amply demonstrate.
Georges Arvanitas (piano);
Luigi Trussardi (bass, picolo bass);
Christophe Marguet (drums).
Georges Arvanitas plays Duke Ellington (1993) Tracks:
01 It Don't Mean a Thing
02 Pour Duke
03 Take the A Train
04 Warm Valley
05 Satin Doll
07 Come Sunday
08 C Jam Blues
09 Prelude to a Kiss
10 Drop Me off in Harlem
11 Lush Life