Wikipedia : This day (April 10 , 1930), in Cannes, France, is born Claude Bolling, a French jazz pianist and composer.
Official Site : Claude at some time or other had to have hung out with the wrong people to get the right feeling of soul interpreted in his version, or should I say this version of Black, Brown and Beige. Thank goodness he helps to keep the genius of Duke Ellington alive. (Mercer Ellington)
@ allmusic : Beginning in 1975, Bolling created his own personal micro-genre of classical crossover chamber jazz, composing and recording entire suites that featured several of the world’s most highly acclaimed virtuosi.
@last.fm : Bolling is also noted for a series of “crossover” collaborations with classical musicians. His Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio with Jean-Pierre Rampal, a clever and charming mix of Baroque elegance with modern swing, has been a top seller for many years, and was followed up by other works in the same vein.
Video : Cherokee (2012) . w/ Brigitte Bardot – Everybody Loves My Baby (1968) . Flying Home (1994) . w/ Jean-Pierre Rampal – Javanaise . w/ Oscar Peterson, Michel Legrand – Blues For Big Scotia . w/ Jean-Pierre Rampal – Baroque And Blue . w/ Michel Legrand – Windmills Of My Mind . Les Parisiennes – Borsalino .