Michel Warlop

Profil:
b : January 23 1911, Douai
d : March 6, 1947, Bagnères de Luchon
Violinist, arranger & composer.
Michel Warlop is probably, with Stéphane Grappelli and Eddie South, the greatest swing violin player of the '30s and '40s even if he seems to have been the complete antithesis of the "gentle" Grappelli (exalted, nervy, music and alcohol enthusiast, Warlop was a peculiar character).
Educated at the Conservatoires of both Lille and Paris, and expected to have a successful classical career, by 1930 he had secured a place with one of Paris' leading jazz ensembles, Gregor Et Ses Gregorians of the Tabac Pigalle.
Even if billed as a jazz player, he also occasionally worked for french pop singers like Maurice Chevalier or Germaine Sablon.
During the war, Michel Warlop turned more into composing and orchestrating, and conducted a jazz string septet, what's considerated today as his most original and exciting work. His masterpiece, "Swing Concerto", recorded in 1942 with a symphonic orchestra, will only see the light as a release in 1989.
After the Second World War, Michel Warlop left the Parisian scene, due to unproved murmurs of collaboration, on account of his wartime involvement in broadcasts on Radio Paris and the Raymond Legrand Orchestra, which toured Germany successfully in 1942.
He died at the age of 36 years only, no doubt because of his alcoholism.
He is thought to have played on approximately 400 recordings of jazz and variétés Françaises, comparatively few of which appear to have survived.
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Singles & EPs

SW. 40 Michel Warlop - Swinging With Django / Paramount Stomp illustration d'album Quintette Du Hot Club De France Avec Michel Warlop Quintette Du Hot Club De France Avec Michel Warlop - Swinging With Django / Paramount Stomp(Shellac, 10") Swing (3) SW. 40 France 1937 Vendre cette version
SW. 43 Michel Warlop - Sweet Sue / Organ Grinder's Swing illustration d'album Michel Warlop / Michel Warlop Et Son Orchestre Michel Warlop / Michel Warlop Et Son Orchestre - Sweet Sue / Organ Grinder's Swing(Shellac, 10") Swing (3) SW. 43 France 1938 Vendre cette version
SW. 13 Michel Warlop - Christmas Swing / Tea For Two illustration d'album Michel Warlop Christmas Swing / Tea For Two(Shellac, 10") Swing (3) SW. 13 France 1938 Vendre cette version
EGF 669, 7 EGF 669 Michel Warlop - Tea For Two / Oui, Si Tu Me Dis Oui / Tempêtes Sur Les Cordes / Mi, La, Ré, Sol illustration d'album Michel Warlop Tea For Two / Oui, Si Tu Me Dis Oui / Tempêtes Sur Les Cordes / Mi, La, Ré, Sol(7") La Voix De Son Maître, La Voix De Son Maître EGF 669, 7 EGF 669 France 1964 Vendre cette version
RFX 77 Michel Warlop - Swing Concerto illustration d'album Jazz Symphonique De Paris*, Michel Warlop Jazz Symphonique De Paris*, Michel Warlop - Swing Concerto(Shellac, 12") Columbia RFX 77 France Unknown Vendre cette version

Compilations

1727281 PM 231 Michel Warlop - Michel Warlop 1934-1938 Avec Django Reinhardt - Tome 1 illustration d'album Michel Warlop Michel Warlop 1934-1938 Avec Django Reinhardt - Tome 1(LP, Comp) Pathé Marconi EMI 1727281 PM 231 France 1983 Vendre cette version
251272-2 Michel Warlop - Special Michel Warlop 1934-1943 illustration d'album Michel Warlop Special Michel Warlop 1934-1943(CD, Comp) EMI Pathé Marconi 251272-2 France 1989 Vendre cette version
Michel Warlop - Modernistic 1933 / 1943 illustration d'album Michel Warlop Modernistic 1933 / 1943 (Comp) EPM Musique, Jazz Archives (2) France 1996 Vendre cette version
066 451-2 Michel Warlop - Two Of A Kind illustration d'album Django Reinhardt - Michel Warlop Django Reinhardt - Michel Warlop - Two Of A Kind(CD, Comp) Saga 066 451-2 France 2003 Vendre cette version
2C 054 - 16.025 Michel Warlop - Swing Sessions 5 - 1940-1943 illustration d'album Aimé Barelli, Michel Warlop, Noel Chiboust, Hubert Rostaing, Harry Cooper Aimé Barelli, Michel Warlop, Noel Chiboust, Hubert Rostaing, Harry Cooper - Swing Sessions 5 - 1940-1943(LP, Comp) Pathé 2C 054 - 16.025 France Unknown Vendre cette version