The Double Six of Paris: For Lena and Lennie

Track

For Lena And Lennie

Group

The Double Six of Paris

CD

Les Double Six (BMG/RCA Victor 65659)

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Musicians:

Mimi Perrin, Christiane Legrand, Jean-Claude Briodin, Jacques Denjean, Claude Germain & Ward Swingle (vocals), Art Simmons (piano), Elek Bascik (guitar), Michel Gaudry & Daniel Humair (drums)

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Composed by Quincy Jones. French lyrics by Mimi Perrin

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Recorded: Paris, early 1960

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Rating: 98/100 (learn more)

I have a shocking confession. I flunked high-school French! How, then, can I review a track sung in a language I don't understand? Well, I have seen all the Inspector Clouseau films at least twice. So here goes. After Count Basie recorded Quincy Jones's tribute to singer Lena Horne and her husband, pianist Lennie Hayton, Mimi Perrin supplied French lyrics and covered Q's chart with six gorgeously harmonized singers, each overdubbing a second part to create l'illusion d'une douzaine. I have no idea what that means, but they won Down Beat's poll as best vocal group four years running in the mid-1960s, so they must've been très magnifiques. (How'd I do?)

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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