Barney Wilen

Real Name:
Bernard Jean Wilen
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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.
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Barney Wilen - Tilt album art Barney Wilen Tilt (Album) Swing (3) France 1957 Sell This Version
Barney Wilen - Jazz Sur Seine album art Milt Jackson / Percy Heath / Barney Wilen / Kenny Clarke Milt Jackson / Percy Heath / Barney Wilen / Kenny Clarke - Jazz Sur Seine (Album) Philips UK 1958 Sell This Version
Barney Wilen - Un Témoin Dans La Ville album art Barney Wilen Un Témoin Dans La Ville (Album) Fontana France 1959 Sell This Version
Barney Wilen - Barney album art Barney Wilen Barney (Album) RCA France 1960 Sell This Version
Barney Wilen - Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960 album art Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers* Avec Barney Wilen Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers* Avec Barney Wilen - Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960 (Album) Fontana France 1960 Sell This Version
Barney Wilen - Jazz Sound-Track (From The Schmidhauser -Film Production "Mental Cruelty") album art George Gruntz Featuring Kenny ClarkeBarney Wilen George Gruntz Featuring Kenny ClarkeBarney Wilen - Jazz Sound-Track (From The Schmidhauser -Film Production "Mental Cruelty") (Album) Decca Switzerland 1960 Sell This Version
Barney Wilen - Paris Jam Session album art Art BlakeyBud PowellBarney Wilen • And The Jazz Messengers* Art BlakeyBud PowellBarney Wilen • And The Jazz Messengers* - Paris Jam Session (Album) Fontana France 1961 Sell This Version
FON-5007 Barney Wilen - Paris Jam Session album art Art BlakeyBud PowellBarney WilenWayne ShorterLee Morgan Art BlakeyBud PowellBarney WilenWayne ShorterLee Morgan - Paris Jam Session(LP, Album, RE) Fontana FON-5007 Japan 1961 Sell This Version
CLVLX 91 30 Barney Wilen - Zodiac album art Barney Wilen Zodiac(LP, Album) Disques Vogue CLVLX 91 30 France 1966 Sell This Version
Barney Wilen - Le Nouveau Jazz album art François Tusques Avec Barney Wilen François Tusques Avec Barney Wilen - Le Nouveau Jazz (Album) Disques Mouloudji France 1967 Sell This Version
Barney Wilen - Jazz Meets India album art Dewan Motihar Trio, Irene Schweizer Trio*, Manfred Schoof, Barney Wilen Dewan Motihar Trio, Irene Schweizer Trio*, Manfred Schoof, Barney Wilen - Jazz Meets India (Album) SABA Germany 1967 Sell This Version
Barney Wilen - Auto Jazz - Tragic Destiny Of Lorenzo Bandini album art Barney Wilen Auto Jazz - Tragic Destiny Of Lorenzo Bandini (Album) MPS Records Germany 1968 Sell This Version
Barney Wilen - Moshi album art Barney Willen* Moshi (Album) Saravah France 1972 Sell This Version
Barney Wilen - French Ballads album art Barney Wilen French Ballads (Album) IDA Records France 1987 Sell This Version
Barney Wilen - La Note Bleue album art Barney Wilen La Note Bleue (Album) IDA Records France 1987 Sell This Version
Barney Wilen - Wild Dogs Of The Ruwenzori album art Barney Wilen Wild Dogs Of The Ruwenzori (Album) IDA Records France 1989 Sell This Version
Barney Wilen - Movie Themes From France album art Barney Wilen with The Mal Waldron Trio Barney Wilen with The Mal Waldron Trio - Movie Themes From France (Album) Timeless Records (3) Netherlands 1990 Sell This Version
Barney Wilen - French Story album art Barney Wilen With Mal Waldron Barney Wilen With Mal Waldron - French Story (Album) Alfa Jazz Japan 1990 Sell This Version
Barney Wilen - Never Let Me Go album art Jacques Pelzer, Open Sky Unit Featuring Eric Legnini Guest Stars : Barney Wilen / Michel Graillier Jacques Pelzer, Open Sky Unit Featuring Eric Legnini Guest Stars : Barney Wilen / Michel Graillier - Never Let Me Go Igloo Belgium 1990 Sell This Version
IDA 029 CD Barney Wilen - Sanctuary album art Barney Wilen Sanctuary(CD, Album) IDA Records IDA 029 CD France 1991 Sell This Version
ALCR-145 Barney Wilen - Modern Nostalgie - Starbust Forever album art Barney Wilen Modern Nostalgie - Starbust Forever(CD, Album) Alfa Jazz ALCR-145 Japan 1992 Sell This Version
53029 2 Barney Wilen - Le Grand Cirque  album art Barney Wilen Le Grand Cirque (CD, Album) Wan +Wan 53029 2 France 1992 Sell This Version
ZZ 84108 Barney Wilen - Dream Time album art Barney Wilen, Alain Jean-Marie Barney Wilen, Alain Jean-Marie - Dream Time(CD, Album) Deux Z ZZ 84108 France 1992 Sell This Version
Barney Wilen - Inside Nitty = Gritty album art Barney Wilen Inside Nitty = Gritty (Album) Venus Records (5) Japan 1993 Sell This Version
ALCR-281 Barney Wilen - Essential Ballads album art Barney Wilen Essential Ballads(CD, Album) Alfa Jazz ALCR-281 Japan 1993 Sell This Version