The Double Six of Paris: For Lena and Lennie


For Lena And Lennie


The Double Six of Paris


Les Double Six (BMG/RCA Victor 65659)

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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)


Composed by Quincy Jones. French lyrics by Mimi Perrin


Recorded: Paris, early 1960


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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