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Monday, June 27, 2016

Jumping' At The Executive Suite - Chris Ibenez

This Is Bordeaux
Jumpin' At The Executive Suite
With The Chris Ibenez Trio
Decca DL 74347

Well executed live jazz flavored lounge set from an obscure artist. Ibanez wrote one track on the LP, the sample tune above titled This Is Bordeaux.

From the back cover: In France – whence comes popular jazz pianist Chris Ibenez – they say he does more than play the piano. "True Frenchman that he is," they insist, "he caresses the keys with gentle passion" ...all of which means, quite simply, that this skillful, sensitive and imaginative young instrumentalist plays a whole lot of piano

Chris, who to this day refuses to read music, lost his first piano teacher for that very reason. He trained himself by first imitating, ultimately surpassing, the variety of jazz sounds available to him on radio and recordings. By the time he reached his teens, he was performing professionally at jazz clubs in and around his native Bordeaux.

Making the San Francisco jazz scene via French radio, night clubs, recordings, and motion pictures, Chris later appeared at Las Vegas' Desert Inn and Flamingo, then Lake Tahoe's Nevada Lodge and Wagon Wheel. He returned to San Francisco for the opening of Dave Young's Executive Suite – a "limited" engagement that has to date lasted three years, and if the 'Suite' audiences have their way, will last forever.

Exactly Like You
The Trolley Song
On The Street Where You Live
How High The Moon
But Not For ME
This Is Bordeaux

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