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Claude Bolling Pianist, bandleader Claude Bolling is highly respected in the jazz world for both his small ensemble and big band work, and for his ambitious renditions of Duke Ellington compositions. In addition, his classical crossover recordings have been widely acclaimed, as have his soundtracks and work for French television.
Bolling was born on April 10, , in Cannes, France, but has spent his entire life in and around Paris. He began studying classical music as a youth, but when he was a teenager a friend introduced him to the music of Fats Waller , and he discovered that his true passion was jazz.
In he formed his first professional ensemble, a Dixieland band, and made his first recording two years later at the age of He served for a time in the French military, where he played trombone and percussion in military ensembles.
When he returned from his service, he began playing in French jazz clubs. He also formed his own ensemble, the Show Biz Band, during the post-war years. Bolling recorded and performed throughout the s and s, making a name for himself in France. Bolling was called upon to score films as well. Bolling became a major name in the United States after the release of Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio, recorded with flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal , who would become a long-time collaborator.
In Bolling released a tribute to composer, pianist, and band leader Duke Ellington in the form of a two-part collection titled Bolling Plays Ellington, Volumes 1 and 2. And further…it takes a genius to know a genius. The work was captured on a live album released by Milan in Bolling has remained ever ambitious into the new milennium, continuing to tour and record with his big band and releasing additional ensemble pieces as well.
In alone, he released eight albums. Today Bolling is regarded as one of the French jazz masters. Nuances, DRG, Original Ragtime, Polygram, Jazz a la Francaise, Columbia, Jazz Brunch, Columbia, Sonatas Nos.
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Sonatas for two pianists
Claude Bolling – Sonata for Two Pianists No. 1