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Claude Bolling

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1930

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The filmcomposer Claude Bolling belongs to the busiest musicians in France who works together with artists from jazz, pop and classic.

He acquired first musical knowledges at the age of 12 and soon became soon an esteemed jazz pianist.

Bolling studied musical harmony by Maurice Furufle and counterpoint by André Hodeir in the next years.

When World War II broke out he had to go to the underground because it was forbidden by the Nazis to play jazz. There he could collect many experiences which he could develop after 1945 when many important personalities from the jazz came to Paris. There he met Duke Ellington who became his teacher and friend.

In the period following he toured through France, gave concerts and made music recordings with jazz artists like Buck Clayton, Lionel Hampton and Bill Coleman.

His talent as an arrangeur brought him together with performers of the popular mucis. He worked together with Sacha Distel, Mirelle Mathieu, Juliette Greco, Brigitte Bardot, Jerry Lewis or Liza Minelli.

His variety led him to the film business too where he already made his first compostitions in the 50's and 60's. From the 70's he became a regular supplier of impressive soundtracks.
To his most popular movies belong "The Hands of Orlac“ (61), „Borsalino“ (70), „Daisy Town - Lucky Luke“ (71), „Le magnifique“ (73), „Le gitan - Der Zigeuner“ (74), „Borsalino & Co.“ (74), „Flic Story“ (75), „La ballade des Dalton“ (78), „California Suite“ (78), „Willie and Phil“ (80), „The Awakening“ (80), „Credo“ (83), „Le léopard“ (84), „La gitane“ (86), „Plaisir d‘amour“ (91) and „Antoine“ (96). 

But the jazz remainded his great love. As a solist or in groups he prefers to set foot on unknown territories. His works for movies became rarer today instead he concentrates more to new experiments which will surely produce interesting combinations.
 

Other movies from Claude Bolling: 
Cette nuit-là (58) L'homme à femmes (60) An einem Freitag um halb zwölf (61) Le jour et l'heure (63) Constance aux enfers (63) Moi et les hommes de 40 ans (66) Du mou dans la gâchette (66) Con la muerte a la espalda (67) Qui? (70) Le mur de l'Atlantique (70) Serie "Christa" (71) Doucement les basses (71) La grande maffia (71) To Catch a Spy (71) La mandarine (72) Le solitaire - Im Alleingang (73) Monsieur Pompadour (73) Deux grandes filles dans un pyjama (74) Dites-le avec des fleurs (74) Dis-moi que tu m'aimes (74) Serie "Les brigades du tigre" (74) Vous ne l'emporterez pas au paradis (75) Il faut vivre dangereusement (75) L'ordinateur des pompes funèbres (76) L'ânnée sainte (76) Les passagers (77) Le mille-pattes fait des claquettes (77) Chantecler (77) Silver Bears (78) Un papillon sur l'épaule (78) L'horoscope (78) L'homme en colère (79) Serie "L'étrange monsieur Duvallier" (79) Les trois mousquetaires ou L'escrime ne paie pas (79) Serie "Miss" (79) Le plus heureux des trois (79) La gueule de l'autre (79) Georges Dandin (80) Trois hommes à abattre (80) Une merveilleuse journée (80) Le vol d'Icare (80) Le calvaire d'un jeune homme impeccable (81) Fais gaffe à la gaffe (81) La revanche (81) Les secrets de la princesse de Cadignan (82) Le braconnier de Dieu (83) Les Dalton en cavale (83) Louisiana (84) The Bay Boy (84) Le tueur triste (84) On ne meurt que 2 fois (85) Serie Race for the Bomb" (86) La rumba (87) La garçonne (88) Try This One for Size (89) Serie "Renseignements généraux: Vengeance (89) Passez une bonne nuit (90) Le dernier du colt (90) Netcha!iev est de retour (91) L'amant de ma soeur (91) Ce que savait Maisie (95) Une femme explosive (96) Le veilleur de nuit (96) Maintenant ou jamais (97) Hasards ou coincidences (98)


 
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