The jazz pianist, conductor and composer Claude Bolling, who wrote numerous scores for films like that of “Borsalino” and arranged “La Madrague”, a famous song by Brigitte Bardot, has died at the age of 90 , his entourage announced to AFP on Wednesday.
Mr. Bolling, who suffered from various pathologies, died on Tuesday at Saint-Cloud hospital, west of Paris.
Born in Cannes on April 10, 1930, he left Paris for Nice during the Occupation and followed the teaching of Marie-Louise “Bob” Colin, pianist, trumpeter and drummer in one of the many popular female orchestras in between. two wars. She encouraged him to return to Paris where he created his first orchestra at 16 and recorded his first record at 18.
Disciple of Duke Ellington, the famous American jazz composer, he created a jazz “big band” in 1956 which would last until the mid-2010s, an exceptional longevity.
In France, he is considered a benchmark in the world of jazz. Among those who passed in his “big band” were renowned musicians such as his alto saxophonist Claude Tissendier.
In the 1960s, Boris Vian, who nicknamed him “Bollington”, opened the doors to variety and musical direction for many stars such as Brigitte Bardot, Juliette Gréco and Henri Salvador.
“Claude Bolling, my + dubol + left taking with him my youth and 60 years of faithful friendship, joie de vivre, funny songs and a carefree bond,” responded Brigitte Bardot in a statement sent to AFP .
“+ It’s a day like any other and yet you are leaving + I sing it for you today with tears in my eyes”, she added.
He has composed film scores, the most famous of which are “Borsalino” (1970) by Jacques Deray, with Alain Delon and Jean-Paul Belmondo, but also “Le Magnifique”, “Lucky Luke”, or even “Les Brigades du Tigre” “.
This jack-of-all-trades has multiplied the experiences by marrying a jazz trio with a classical soloist. He composed and recorded in particular “Suite pour Flûte et Jazz Piano Trio” with the famous French flautist Jean-Pierre Rampal, a work which broke attendance records in the Billboard charts in the United States (530 weeks) and led Claude Bolling even on stage at Carnegie Hall in New York.