Pierre Michelot

Pierre Michelot (3 March 1928 – 3 July 2005)[1] was a French jazz double bass player and arranger.

Pierre Michelot
Born(1928-03-03)March 3, 1928
Saint-Denis, Seine-Saint-Denis, Paris, France
DiedJuly 3, 2005(2005-07-03) (aged 77)
Paris, France
GenresJazz
Occupation(s)Musician, arranger
InstrumentsDouble bass
LabelsFontana
Associated actsJacques Loussier

Early lifeEdit

Michelot was born in Saint-Denis, Seine-Saint-Denis, Paris on 3 March 1928.[2] He studied piano from 1936 until 1938. He switched to playing bass at the age of sixteen.[2]

Later life and careerEdit

He played and recorded with visiting American musicians in Paris.[2] He "played with Rex Stewart (1948), performed at Frisco's in Paris with Kenny Clarke (summer 1949), and joined Clarke in a band accompanying Coleman Hawkins (winter 1949–50), with whom he recorded; in 1949 he also recorded with Clarke in an ad hoc band led by Sidney Bechet."[3]

Through his career he played with Django Reinhardt, Stéphane Grappelli, Don Byas, Thelonious Monk, Lester Young, Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz, Bud Powell, Zoot Sims, Dizzy Gillespie, Chet Baker.[4]

With Miles Davis he was responsible for the 1957 soundtrack of Ascenseur pour l'échafaud.[3] He was a member of the Jacques Loussier Trio, known for the Play Bach album series from 1959.[3] For two decades beginning in the early 1960s, he concentrated on arranging and studio work.[2] He also appeared in the 1986 film Round Midnight.[3] In later life he suffered from Alzheimer's disease.[5] He died of Alzheimer's in Paris on 3 July 2005.[1]

DiscographyEdit

As leaderEdit

  • Jazz at the Blue Note with Maurice Vander, Kenny Clarke, (Fontana, 1961)
  • Round About A Bass (Mercury, 1963)
  • Piano for Dance with Steve Anderson, Kenny Clarke, (Musidisc, 1968)
  • Al in Paris with Al Haig (Musica, 1979)
  • Live Au Dreher with Walter Davis, Kenny Clarke (Night and Day, 1981)
  • Vander Michelot Lubat (Owl, 1985)
  • Bass & Bosses (EmArcy, 1990)
  • Viaggio with Richard Galliano (Dreyfus, 1993)
  • Nougaro Sans Paroles with Maurice Vander, Bernard Lubat (Sergeant Major, 2000)

With Daniel Humair & Rene Urtreger

  • Hum! (Vega 1960)
  • Urtreger Michelot Humair (Carlyne, Music 1979)
  • Hum!: Live at Club Saint-Germain-Des-Pres & Two Radio Broadcasts (Fresh Sound 2018)

With Jacques Loussier and Christian Garros

  • Play Bach No. 1 (Decca, 1959)
  • Play Bach No. 2 (Decca, 1960)
  • Play Bach No. 3 (Decca, 1962)
  • Play Bach No. 4 (Decca, 1963)
  • Concert in Jazz: Play Bach (Decca, 1965)
  • Play Bach Aux Champs Elysees (Decca, 1965)
  • Play Bach Aux Champs Elysees No. 2 (Decca, 1965)
  • Play Bach No. 5 (Decca, 1968)
  • Play Bach & Vol. 1 Portrait of Jacques Loussier (London, 1965)
  • Play Bach No. 2 Portrait of Jacques Loussier (London, 1965)

As sidemanEdit

With Claude Bolling

  • French Jazz (Bally, 1956)
  • Les Succes de Duke Ellington (Le Club Francais Du Disque, 1956)
  • Les Succes de La Nouvelle Orleans (Le Club Francais Du Disque, 1958)

With Clifford Brown

  • Clifford Brown Quartet (Vogue, 1954)
  • Blue and Brown & I Can Dream Can't I (Vogue, 1955)
  • The Clifford Brown Big Band in Paris (Prestige, 1970)
  • The Clifford Brown Quartet in Paris (Prestige, 1970)
  • The Clifford Brown Sextet in Paris (Prestige, 1970)
  • Clifford Brown in Paris (Prestige, 1972)

With Sidney Bechet

  • Sidney Bechet Martial Solal (Swing, 1957)
  • 1949 (Barclay, 1972)
  • Spirits of New Orleans (Vogue, 1993)
  • Sidney Bechet et Claude Luter (Gitanes Jazz/Universal/EmArcy, 2000)

With Don Byas

  • Favorites (Seeco, 1952)
  • Memorial (Vogue, 1973)
  • Don Byas (Inner City, 1980)
  • Yesterdays (Moon 1989)
  • Lover Man (Vogue, 1993)

With Miles Davis

  • Ascenseur pour l'échafaud (Fontana, 1958)
  • Jazz Sur L'ecran (Fontana, 1959)
  • Jazz Track (Columbia, 1959)
  • Jazz On the Screen (Fontana, 1965)
  • The Complete Amsterdam Concert (Celluloid, 1984)

With France Gall

  • N'Ecoute Pas Les Idoles (Philips, 1964)
  • Laisse Tomber Les Filles (Philips, 1964)
  • Poupee De Cire Poupee De Son (Philips, 1965)
  • L'Amerique (Philips, 1965)
  • Baby Pop (Philips, 1966)
  • Les Sucettes (Philips, 1966)

With Serge Gainsbourg

  • Bande Originale Du Film L'eau A La Bouche (Philips, 1960)
  • Romantique 60 (Philips, 1960)
  • Gainsbourg Percussions (Philips, 1964)
  • No. 2 (Hallmark 2001)
  • Du Chant A La Une!... (Philips/Mercury/Universal, 2001)

With Stan Getz

  • With European Friends (LRC, 1985)
  • In Paris 1958–1959 (Royal, 1987)
  • Pennies from Heaven (Eclipse, 1990)
  • Sweetie Pie (Philology, 1992)
  • 1959 (Fremeaux, 2018)

With Dizzy Gillespie

  • Dizzy Gillespie Play & Sing in Paris (Vogue, 1952)
  • Plays in Paris (Vogue, 1953)
  • Sweet Lorraine & Dizzy Does It (Jazz Selection, 1954)
  • Jazz from Paris: Dizzy and Django (Verve, 1957)
  • Dizzy (Vogue, 1960)
  • Dizzy Gillespie + The Double Six of Paris (Philips, 1963)
  • Havin' a Good Time in Paris Vol. 1 (Jazz Legacy, 1979)
  • Europa Jazz (1981)

With Dexter Gordon

  • Our Man in Paris (Blue Note, 1963)
  • The Other Side of Round Midnight (Blue Note, 1986)
  • Ballads (Blue Note, 1991)

With Coleman Hawkins

  • Bean and the Boys (Prestige, 1970)
  • Picasso (1929-1949) (Giants of Jazz, 1992)
  • Lausanne 1949 (TCB, 1999)
  • Dear Old Southland (Membran, 2005)

With Andre Hodeir

  • Jazz et Jazz (Fontana, 1960)
  • Saint-Tropez Blues (Fontana, 1960)
  • Anna Livia Plurabelle (Philips, 1966)

With Jacques Loussier and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

  • Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 Etude Pour Trio (Decca, 1972)
  • Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 (Decca, 1969)
  • Play Bach Fur Den Kenner Brandenburgisches Konzert Nr. 5 (Decca, 1970)

With Claude Nougaro

  • No. 2 (Philips, 1963)
  • Bleu Blanc Blues (Barclay, 1985)
  • Sur Scene Olympia 85 (Barclay, 1986)
  • Nougayork (WEA, 1987)
  • Octobre 1985 Concert Integral (Mercury, 2016)

With Bud Powell

  • Memorial Oscar Pettiford (Vogue, 1960)
  • A Portrait of Thelonious (Columbia, 1965)
  • Blue Note Cafe Paris 1961 (ESP Disk, 1968)
  • Bud in Paris (EPM Musique/Xanadu, 1979)
  • A Tribute to Cannonball (Columbia, 1979)
  • Bud Powell Vol. 2 (Jazz Reactivation, 1983)

With Sammy Price

  • U.S.I.S Blues & Hot Club Boogie (Ducretet Thomson, 1956)
  • Sammy Price Avec Lucky Thompson (Polydor, 1957)
  • 1956 Boogie-Woogie A La Parisienne (Pathe Marconi, 2002)

With Stephane Grappelli

  • Stephane Grappelly et Son Quartette (Barclay, 1957)
  • Tea for Two (EMI, 1978)
  • Menuhin & Grappelli Play Jealousy & Other Great Standards (EMI, 1988)
  • Stephane Grappelli (Gitanes Jazz/Verve, 1991)
  • Puttin' On the Ritz (HMV, 1999)
  • Improvisations (EmArcy, 2000)

With Django Reinhardt

  • The Great Artistry of Django Reinhardt (Clef, 1953)
  • Jazz from Paris (Clef, 1954)
  • Django Reinhardt (Decca, 1961)
  • Memorial (Vogue, 1966)
  • Django Reinhardt et Son Quintette (Decca, 1966)
  • Bruxelles 21 Mai 1947 Paris 11 Mai 1951 Vol. 6 (Decca, 1973)
  • Django Reinhardt Au Club St-Germain-Des-Pres (Nec Plus Ultra, 1983)
  • Inedits Vol. 2 (Nec Plus Ultra, 1984)
  • Nuages (Gitanes Jazz, 2002)
  • Djangology (Cleopatra, 2013)

With Zoot Sims

  • Night and Day & Slingin' Hasch (Vogue, 1950)
  • Zoot Sims Quartet (Discovery, 1951)
  • Zoot Sims Goes to Town (Vogue, 1973)
  • Brother in Swing (Inner City, 1979)
  • Zoot Sims & Frank Rosolino (Vogue, 1986)
  • Zoot Sims in Paris (Vogue, 1995)

With others

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Pierre Michelot, Jazz Musician, Dies at 77". Nytimes.com. 6 July 2005. Retrieved 28 September 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d Carr, Ian; Fairweather, Digby; Priestley, Brian (1995). Jazz: The Rough Guide. Rough Guides. p. 437. ISBN 978-1-85828-137-7.
  3. ^ a b c d Kernfeld, Barry; Clergeat, André (2003). "Michelot, Pierre". Grove Music Online. doi:10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.j299700.
  4. ^ Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 1682. ISBN 0-85112-939-0.
  5. ^ Berg, Chuck (25 April 2019). "Bassist Pierre Michelot Dies". JazzTimes. Retrieved 1 May 2020.