Pierre Michelot

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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

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

Early life[edit]

Michelot was born in Saint-Denis, Seine-Saint-Denis, Paris on 3 March 1928.[1] He studied piano from 1936 until 1938. He switched to playing bass at the age of sixteen.[1]

Later life and career[edit]

He played and recorded with visiting American musicians in Paris.[1] 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."[2]

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.

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

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

  • 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 sideman[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ a b c d Kernfeld, Barry; Clergeat, André (2003). "Michelot, Pierre". Grove Music Online. doi:10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.j299700.
  3. ^ Berg, Chuck (25 April 2019). "Bassist Pierre Michelot Dies". JazzTimes. Retrieved 1 May 2020.