Sound Tour: France

This album is pretty interesting but for two very different reasons. First, its cover opens into a book and then, it’s supposed to be an album of French music, but they used an American composer! Like there aren’t any French composers! The roomie is tad bit obsessed with the French culture so this was definitely picked up as a Mr. Richard addition rather than one for me.

Kenyon Hopkins (January 15, 1912 – April 7, 1983) was an American composer who composed many film scores in a jazz idiom. Although he has been neglected in recent years, he was once called “one of jazz’s great composers and arrangers”.

Hopkins also composed various orchestral works, including two symphonies, the Symphony in Two Movements, Town and County Dances for chamber orchestra, and the jazz ballet Rooms for Anna Sokolow. He recorded several albums for ABC Paramount Records, Cadence Records, Capitol Records and Verve Records during the 1960s. Many of his soundtrack recordings were released on LP, including that for the 1956 film Baby Doll.

Kenyon HopkinsSoundTourFrance

Sound Tour: France

Kenyon Hopkins

Side One

Train Bleu (Sue le Pont D’Avignon)
Voyage a Bicyclette
Port de Peche
Pays des Bikinis
Sce de Rue

Side Two

Theatre (Can Can)
Place Pigalle
Au Revoir Paris (Au Clair La Lune)
Café Terrasse
Place Elegante (Clair de une)
Depart le Havre


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