La Vie de Bohème (album)

La Vie de Bohème is a studio album released by jazz pianist Dave Burrell. The album is Burrell's take on the 1896 operatic adaptation of Henri Murger's 1851 novel La Vie de Bohème by Giacomo Puccini, titled La bohème. The album has been called "a fine example of the similarities between the free jazz and classical worlds." Though this is not a straight performance of the opera, each of the acts are represented with "a great deal of improvisation."[2]

La Vie de Boheme
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Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 21, 1969
ProducerMichael Cuscuna
Alan Douglas
Dave Burrell chronology
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La Vie de Boheme
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]

Track listingEdit

  1. "First Act" — 20:00
  2. "Second Act (1st Part)" — 5:00
  3. "Second Act (2nd Part)" — 12:00
  4. "Third Act" — 5:15
  5. "Fourth Act" — 7:45


  • Dave Burrell — piano
  • Eleanor Burrell — vocals
  • Ric Colbeck — piano, trumpet, harp
  • Claude Delcloo — chimes, drums, tympani
  • Beb Guérin — bass
  • Grachan Moncur III — trombone, chimes
  • Kenneth Terroade — flute, saxophone (tenor)


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  2. ^ Brandon Burke. "La Vie de Boheme at Allmusic". Retrieved 2006-12-26.