Rita Marcotulli: Les 400 Coups


Les 400 Coups


Rita Marcotulli (piano, keyboards)


The Woman Next Door (Label Bleu LBLC 6601)

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Rita Marcotulli (piano, keyboards), Enrico Rava (trumpet), Stefano Di Battista (soprano sax),

Michel Benita (bass), Roberto Gatto (drums)


Composed by Jean Constantin


Recorded: Amiens, France, 1997


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

Italian pianist Rita Marcotulli has devoted this whole record to the movies of French director François Truffaut, whom she admires. This track, like the others, is then mostly about atmosphere. Here it tackles the one conjured up by Jean Constantin's music for Les 400 Coups, a movie about a rebel child. The initial waltz sounds much like one of Nino Rota's scores for Fellini movies, and indeed Marcotulli has summoned mostly Italian musicians to render this mildly nostalgic climate. Her own piano solo, Rava's on muted trumpet and Di Battista's on soprano sax are the highlights of this song aptly adapted to a jazz treatment.

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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