NEW YORK (AP) — Claude Bolling, the French pianist, composer and arranger who attained a worldwide following by his melodic mix of jazz and classical influences and stayed on the Billboard classical charts for greater than a decade together with his 1975 album “Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano,” has died.
Bolling’s representatives introduced on his web site that he died Tuesday in Garches, France, at age 90. A reason for dying was not offered.
A lifelong admirer of Duke Ellington, the Cannes native was an expert musician by his teenagers and over the next many years would carry out with everybody from Lionel Hampton to Yo-Yo Ma. He organized music for Brigitte Bardot and Juliette Greco amongst others, wrote soundtracks for tons of of French movie and tv productions and his compositions could possibly be heard on such American releases as “The Vacation” and “Joker.”
Bolling’s three Grammy nominations included one for greatest chamber music for “Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano,” a collaboration with flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal which featured the playful “Baroque and Blue” and the extra reflective “Irlandaise” and offered greater than 1 million copies. He would later collaborate with Angel Romero on “Concerto for Traditional Guitar and Jazz Piano” and with Yo-Yo Ma on “Suite for Cello and Jazz Piano Trio.” In 1984, Bolling was joined by American flutist Hubert Legal guidelines for a efficiency on the “Tonight Present” with Johnny Carson.
Bolling’s spouse of 48 years, journalist Irène Dervize-Sadyker, died in 2017. They’d two sons, David and Alexandre.
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