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Barney Wilen

ts, ss, 1937-1996 FR, Nice
Musician / Composer of Jazz
A.k.a. Bernard Jean Wilen

Bop-jazz saxophone player. b : Mar 4, 1937 in Nice, France d : May 25, 1996 in Paris, France Born in Nice, of an American father and a French mother, the young Barney begins to perform in the clubs of his city on the encouragement of the writer Blaise Cendrars, who is a friend of his mother. His career intensified in 1957: the trumpet player Miles Davis, in Paris, was in charge of creating the music for Louis Malle's first feature, Ascenseur Pour l'Echafaud, and he recruited Barney Wilen, then 20 year old, as well as pianist René Urtreger, bassist Pierre Michelot and drummer Kenny Clarke. It's the eyes fixed on the screen installed in the studio that they improvise together and record the soundtrack of the film, in one night, "on the ideas sketched by Miles Davis: a perfect counterpoint to the images of the film". Two years later, in 1959, he recorded with the quintet of the pianist Thelonious Monk, then was chosen by the drummer Art Blakey to interpret the music of Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960, by Roger Vadim. That year, he appeared in the TV show Jazz Memories, archived by the INA, in the episode "Live Club Saint Germain." Along with Clark Terry, Kenny Clarke, Pierre Michelot and Bud Powell. He (...) participated in the Newport Jazz Festival with pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi, bassist Tommy Bryant and drummer Roy Haynes. During the 1960s, Barney Wilen became interested in rock and recorded in 1968 a record devoted to Timothy Leary. In 1969, he went to Africa with Caroline de Bendern, musicians and a film crew; he brings back a record, Moshi (1972), synthesis of jazz and African music, that Pierre Barouh (...) qualify as "superb album passed unnoticed". A period of silence followed until the 1980s, when he composed, as well as in the following decade, several music for French films. Wilen also works with punk rockers, before returning to jazz in the 1990s. He died of a heart attack in Paris on May 25, 1996, at the age of 59.

  • Tenor sax
  • Soprano sax
  • Saxophone
  • Jazz
  • Soundtrack
  • Rock
Popular Tracks   
Zombizar on Moshi by Barney Wilen
Témoin Dans La Ville - Bof Un Temoin Dans La Ville on Jazz & Movies by Miles Davis, Art Blakey & Alain Goraguer
L'Ame des Poètes - 2021 Remastered on French Ballads by Barney Wilen
Un Eté 42 - 2021 Remastered on French Ballads by Barney Wilen
Sous le Ciel de Paris - 2021 Remastered on French Ballads by Barney Wilen
What Are You Doing The Rest of Your Life - 2021 Remastered on French Ballads by Barney Wilen
Yaad on Jazz Meets India by Various Artists
Melodie pour les radio-taxis - Remastered on Swing 39 by Barney Wilen
Syracuse - 2021 Remastered on French Ballads by Barney Wilen
Menilmontant on Jazz Sur Seine by Barney Wilen

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Title Artist Year Type
Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers Avec Barney Wilen2019Album
Paris NoirMiles Davis / Barney Wilen / Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers2017Compil.
Four BrothersLucky Thompson & Barney Wilen2015Album
Ascenseur Pour L´échafaud / Un Témoin Dans La Ville - Two Original Soundtrack AlbumsMiles Davis / Barney Wilen2015Compil.
Premier Chapitre 1954-1961Barney Wilen2015Compil.
Moshi Too - Unreleased Tapes Recorded In Africa 1969-70Barney Wilen With Caroline De Bendern2012Album
Jazz In CameraDonald Byrd & Barney Wilen2012Album
Essential BestBarney Wilen2011Album
Un Témoin Dans La Ville (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)Barney Wilen2011Album
Live In Paris 8 Janvier 1983Barney Wilen & Dièse 4402007Album
DreamtimeBarney Wilen2004Album
Le Jardin Aux Sentiers Qui BifurquentBarney Wilen, Jazz-Hip Trio2004Album
Eje Thelin 1966 With Barney WilenEje Thelin With Barney Wilen2003Album
Flash BackBarney Wilen, Philippe Petit2003Album
Double actionJimmy Gourley & Barney Wilen1999Album
The Osaka ConcertBarney Wilen1999Album
More From Barney At The Club Saint-GermainBarney Wilen1997Album
Besame MuchoBarney Wilen1997Album
TalismanBarney Wilen1994Album
Inside Nitty = GrittyBarney Wilen1993Album
The Master Saxes - Club Convert Vol.1 : 48/61Barney Wilen / Charlie Parker / Lucky Thompson / Lee Konitz / Cecil Payne / Zoot Sims / Budd Johnson Meet Bud Powell1993Album
Essential BalladsBarney Wilen1993Album
Modern Nostalgie - Starbust ForeverBarney Wilen1992Album
Le Grand CirqueBarney Wilen1992Album
Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960 (Original Sound Track Recordings From)Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers With Barney Wilen1992Single
Dream TimeBarney Wilen, Alain Jean-Marie1992Album
SanctuaryBarney Wilen1991Album
French StoryBarney Wilen With Mal Waldron1990Album
Never Let Me GoJacques Pelzer, Open Sky Unit Featuring Eric Legnini Guest Stars : Barney Wilen / Michel Graillier1990Album
Movie Themes From FranceBarney Wilen with The Mal Waldron Trio1990Album
Wild Dogs Of The RuwenzoriBarney Wilen1989Album
French BalladsBarney Wilen1987Album
Un Témoin Dans La Ville - Jazz Sur Seine (Original Soundtrack)Barney Wilen1987Compil.
La Note BleueBarney Wilen1987Album
Le Jazz A Joe / EstrellaMoko, Barney Wilen1981Single
Zombizar / Gardenia DevilBarney Wilen1972Single
MoshiBarney Wilen1972Album
Auto Jazz - Tragic Destiny Of Lorenzo BandiniBarney Wilen1968Album
Le Nouveau JazzFrançois Tusques Avec Barney Wilen1967Album
Jazz Meets IndiaDewan Motihar Trio, The Irene Schweizer Trio, Manfred Schoof, Barney Wilen1967Album
ZodiacBarney Wilen1966Album
Paris Jam SessionArt Blakey • Bud Powell • Barney Wilen • Wayne Shorter • Lee Morgan1961Album
Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers Avec Barney Wilen1960Album
Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Bande Originale Du Film De Roger Vadim)Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers Et La Participation De Barney Wilen1960Single
Jazz Sound-Track (From The Schmidhauser -Film Production "Mental Cruelty")George Gruntz Featuring Kenny Clarke – Barney Wilen1960Album
BarneyBarney Wilen1960Album
Un Témoin Dans La VilleBarney Wilen1959Album
Un Témoin Dans La VilleBarney Wilen1959Single
Jazz Sur L'écranThe Miles Davis Quintet / Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers / Barney Wilen1959Compil.
Jazz Sur SeineMilt Jackson / Percy Heath / Barney Wilen / Kenny Clarke1958Album
TiltBarney Wilen1957Album
France - U.S.A.Billy Byers, Kenny Clarke, Curley Hamner, Lionel Hampton, Percy Heath, Connie Kay, Al Levitt, John Lewis, Sy Oliver And His Orchestra, Sacha Distel, Benoit Quersin, Bobby Jaspar, Pierre Michelot, Paul Rovère, René Urtreger, Barney Wilen1957Compil.
Jazz Sur L'écranThe Miles Davis Quintet / Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers / Barney WilenCompil.
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