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Barney Wilen


Barney Wilen’s mom was France, his father an effective American dentist-turned-inventor. He was raised mostly in the French Riviera; the family members left during Globe Battle II but came back upon its bottom line. Based on Wilen himself, he was confident to become musician by his mother’s friend, the poet Blaise Cendrars. As an adolescent he began a youngsters jazz membership in Fine, where he performed often. He transferred to Paris within the middle-’50s and caused such American music artists as Bud Powell, Benny Golson, Mls Davis, and J.J. Johnson on the Membership St. Germain. His rising reputation received a lift in 1957 when he used Davis in the soundtrack towards the Louis Malle film Lift towards the Scaffold. 2 yrs afterwards, he performed with Artwork Blakey and Thelonious Monk in the soundtrack to Roger Vadim’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses (1960). Wilen started employed in a rock-influenced design through the ’60s, documenting an record entitled Dear Prof. Leary in 1968. In the first ’70s, Wilen led a failed expedition of filmmakers, music artists, and journalists to go to Africa to record pygmy music. Afterwards Wilen played within a punk rock-band known as Moko and founded a French Jazzmobile-type firm that had taken music to the people surviving in outlying areas. He also worked well in theater. From the middle-’90s, he was operating once again inside a bebop vein inside a band using the pianist Laurent de Wilde. A lot of Wilen’s later on work was recorded on japan Venus label.

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Full Name Barney Wilen
Died May 25, 1996, Paris, France
Profession Film Score Composer, Saxophonist
Music Songs Témoin dans la ville, Zombizar, Chechaoun, Gardenia Devil, Tindi Abalessa, La vie n'est qu'une lutte, Balandji In Bobo, Bamako Koulikaro, Minor Swing, Poursuite et métro, Mélodie pour les radio taxis, Blues de l'antenne, Moshi, S.O.S. Radio Taxis, Zombizar Reloaded, Ambiance pourpre, Wild Dogs of the Ruwenzori, Final au jardin d'acclimatation, Moshi Too, Que reste-t-il de nos amours, Swing 39, Jazz in Camera, Epistrophy, Blue Hubert, Eternel Desir, Préméditation dans l'appartement, Quiet Temple, Valse Hot, J'ai ta main, Sur l'antenne, John's Groove, Moving Out
Albums New York Romance, La Note bleue, French Ballads, Auto Jazz (Tragic Destiny of Lorenzo Bandini), More From Barney at the Club Saint Germain, Movie Themes From France, Inside Nitty = Gritty, Modern Nostalgie, Passione, Le Grand Cirque, French Movie Story, The Osaka Concert, Un témoin dans la ville / Jazz sur Seine, Newport '59, Wild Dogs of the Ruwenzori, Live in Paris - 8 Janvier 1983, Jazz Classics Series: Tilt, Gleamy and Glow, Double Action, Barney (Remastered 2015), Tilt, Le Nouveau Jazz, Tilt (My Jazz Collection), Les Liasons Dangereuses (Remastered), Quintet (Remastered 2015), Um témoin dans la ville - J'irai cracher sur vos tombes, Vol. 7, Sanctuary, Flashback, Barney, Talisman, Moshi Too - Unreleased Tapes Recorded In Africa 1969-70, Moshi, Nuages, Jazz in Paris: Jazz sur Seine, Moshi Too, Essential Best, Amsterdam Concert, December 8, 1957, Broken Colour, UpGraded Masters (All Tracks Remastered), In The Wild West, Remastered Hits (Remastered 2015), Express Yourself, Tilt (Remastered 2015), Menilmontant, Sax Classics, Barney Wilen, Jazz Stars, Id Like To Hear That Song Again, Be With Me, Up And Down, Talkative Friend, 94 Barney/newport 1959
Movies Emergency Kisses, Si J'Avais Quatre Dromadaires, The Phantom Heart

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Music Department

Music Department

Le coeur fantôme 1996 musician: saxophone
Les baisers de secours 1989 musician: saxophone
Seelische Grausamkeit 1963 musician: tenor and soprano sax
Les liaisons dangereuses 1959 musician
Un témoin dans la ville 1959 musician: saxophone / musician: tenor sax/soprano sax
Elevator to the Gallows 1958 musician: tenor sax



Le coeur fantôme 1996
Les baisers de secours 1989
Fun and Games for Everyone 1968
Si j'avais quatre dromadaires 1966 Documentary
À propos d'un meurtre 1963 Short
Un témoin dans la ville 1959



Vic + Flo ont vu un ours 2013 as B.Wilen, "Pretty Day"
Les liaisons dangereuses 1959 performer: "Prelude In Blue À L' Esquinade"
Un témoin dans la ville 1959 writer: "Témoin Dans La Ville", "La Pendaison", "Mélodie Pour Les Radio-Taxis", "Poursuite Et Métro", "Ambiance Pourpre", "Préméditation Dans L'Appartement", "La Vie N'est Qu'une Lutte", "Complainte Du Chauffeur", "Sur L'Antenne", "Blues De L'Attente", "S.O.S Radio-Taxis", "Final Au Jardin D'Acclimatation"
Elevator to the Gallows 1958 performer: "Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud Générique", "L'Assassinat De Carala", "Sur L'Autoroute", "Julien Dans L'Ascenseur", "Florence Sur Les Champs-Élysées", "Dîner Au Motel", "Évasion De Julien", "Visite Du Vigile", "Au Bar Du Petit Bac", "Chez Le Photographe Du Motel"



47 rue Vieille-du-Temple 1960 Documentary short Himself

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