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Daniel Humair was born in Geneva, Switzerland in 1938, but has been a fixture on the French jazz scene since the late 50???s, playing with American expatriates, such as Chet Baker, Kenny Dorham, Oscar Pettiford and Anthony Braxton and French legends, like Stephane Grappelli and Jean-Luc Ponty. He has also appeared on many soundtrack albums, including 1972???s ???Last Tango in Paris???.
Little information is available about his solo release, ???Drum Vocalo???. It may or may not have been originally released in 1970 or 1974 (depending on the source). I’d wager on ’70, though. It may or may not be soundtrack music, as the subtitle ???Drums for Screen No. 1??? would imply. It is a very hip and cool record, however, of that there???s no doubt in my mind. Drums, scatting, recording and tape effects are incorporated into 16 very different tracks that run the gamut from jump blues to psychedelic workouts.
Every track is in the 2-minute range and every track is worth a spin, so roll the dice, see where it lands and let it ride.
This is a French Library (LP) here now miraculously on CD. The original LP was pressed in a very small quantity pressing (possibly 500) and not 1 of them were ever released to the general public as were with all Library LP’s from countries such as France, Germany, UK, no matter the “Label or Library”, whether it be DeWolfe, KPM, Harmonic, Montparnasse, Golden Ring etc .
Daniel Humair not only was the composer, arranger and drummer/vocalist on all of these tracks, but was also a phenomenal studio drummer who recorded with numerous other great Library composers from primarily France 1960′s/1970′s and beyond.
Though I am not certain of the recording studio used to create this masterpiece LP, many French library LP’s were recorded in some of the finest recording studios in France such as Pathe Marconi.
Does that mean that this was “library music”, i.e. music which can be used by any television producer for free or a nominal fee?
Yes loun, that is exactly what it means.
Another example: Say you make a film but you don’t have enough money for a soundtrack composer to create a soundtrack. So, you go to a music library (or numerous libraries) telling them what you are looking. The may tell you KPM #’s 1002 – 1017, DeWolfe DP #’s 5 – 12, Chappell DMM Series 3002 – 3019.
You (or they) then play the tracks for the sounds for the scenes you are seeking and you decide upon what you want and then pay them a licensing fee for each track or may pay a set amount for “X” amount of tracks and VOILA ! You’ve got a soundtrack.
I have seen numerous European films where there was no listing whatsoever for the music “soundtrack” which I would bet dollars to donuts is Library Music or a few times I have seen the “soundtrack” listed simply as Library Music with no credits given whatsoever for the composing artist.
Did you find this Daniel Humair reissued on CD somewhere?
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