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Donald Byrd & Barney Wilen: Jazz In Camera (The Original Score)

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Unreleased soundtrack album of an aborted film project, produced 1958 by Sandro Bocola and Dennis Bailey in Paris. Excellent hard bop and modern jazz session featuring Donald Byrd (trumpet), Barney Wilen (tenor saxophone), Jimmy Gourley (guitar), Walter Davis (piano), Doug Watkins (bass) and Al Levitt (drums).

"Jazz in Camera - Bande 1-6", transferred and mastered from unique transcription discs (acetates), recently discovered in the estate of Barney Wilen as only remaining source . Lost "nouvelle vague" soundtrack with a combination of true jazz legends, finally released after more than 50 years, including original session photos by the producers.

Sandro Bocola: about the soundtrack Jazz in Camera

Shortly after the start of a multi-year sojourn in Paris, I designed the project of an avantgarde jazz film in 1958 together with my friend Dennis Bailey, as a modern version of the legendary short film Jamming the Blues with Lester Young, with a group of musicians in a recording studio who produced a record. We had planned to first record the soundtrack. Then the musicians should be filmed in a studio with multiple cameras, as they repeat their original sound recording in a kind of playback. The resulting footage was then alienated in colour, as rhythmic montage cut to the original soundtrack.

After I had found a sponsor in one of my clients, who would finance the project, I put a little band together with the help of my friend Barney Wilen, which ultimately included the musicians Donald Byrd (tp), Walter Davis (p) Jimmy Gourley (g ), Al Levitt (dr), Doug Watkins (b) and Barney Wilen (ts). Boris Vian, who held a senior position at the record company Phillips, provided the recording studio where we met the musicians in July 1958 for the recording of the soundtrack. It should start with a quick piece, followed by a slow blues, and eventually followed by another quick piece, A Night in Tunisia.

Unfortunately, the unexpected bankruptcy of the sponsor François Peyron finished our project. The only thing we had were the shellac records of the soundtrack, of which Dennis and I kept one copy to listen to them from time to time for our pleasure.

As Patrick Wilen worked up the musical legacy of his late father this year, he came across the soundtrack of the aborted project Jazz in Camera at my place, which he, after more than fifty years, now makes accessible to the public for the first time on this CD and LP in collaboration with the Berlin based label Sonorama Records.

Sandro Bocola
Zurich, October 2011

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1. Bande I
Producers: Sandro Bocola; Dennis Bailey
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2. Bande II
Producers: Sandro Bocola; Dennis Bailey
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3. Bande III
Producers: Sandro Bocola; Dennis Bailey
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4. Bande IV
Producers: Sandro Bocola; Dennis Bailey
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5. Bande V
Producers: Sandro Bocola; Dennis Bailey
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6. Bande VI
Producers: Sandro Bocola; Dennis Bailey
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