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Raymond Fol

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Raymond Fol (* April 9 1928 in Paris , † May 1 1979 ) was a French jazz - pianist and composer of the swing .

Raymond Fol grew up in a musical family and was a student of Henri Challan , Marthe Morhange and Nadia Boulanger . He first played in 1945 in a traditional jazz formation with his brother Hubert Fol and trumpeter Boris Vian , and later with Django Reinhardt (1949-1951). He also worked with Chet Baker , Claude Abadie , Claude Leon , Pierre Michelot , Stéphane Grappelli , Kenny Clarke , James Moody , Roy Eldridge , Guy Lafitte and belonged to the orchestras of Aimé Barelli , Sidney Bechet and Claude Luter on.

Folic created 1965 - by Vivaldi designs - the work of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in jazz and led a big band with 27 musicians, including Johnny Griffin , Fats Sadi and Art Taylor . He remained life the music of Duke Ellington connected, in his 1969 and 1974 he was active as a guest soloist in France tours and played with the Ellington musicians Paul Gonsalves and Cat Anderson .

In the style of pianist folic dive influences of Fats Waller , Erroll Garner , and Duke Ellington on, As an arranger he is Ellington students and has composed numerous swing tracks. Duke Ellington wrote in his autobiography: “Every time I’m there (in Paris), I’ll compose something by Raymond Fol”. in 1970 was able folic the diseased Ellington and a performance by the orchestra at New York’s Rainbow Grill represented at a European tour.

In the 1970s, folic toured often in Germany (most recently 1979), played with René Franc et les Bootleggers, as a solo pianist and with a formation Gerard Badini and Michel Gaudry .

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