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November 21, 2010


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Tom Buckley

Marc - The Al Hirt-Ann Margret album does seem like a strange pairing, but it is actually fantastic, one of the best that either of them did.

The Bear Family Ann-Margret box set has additional, previously-unreleased tracks from that session, along with lots of cover art photo session shots.


as a french jazz fan, I own all the records of the "double six of Paris" ( they are not so many ) except one : the double six sing ray charles. If ever someone knows something about this album and/or where it is available I would be very please.


by the way it's interesting to know that mimi perrin, after giving up music due to health problems, had a great carrer as a translator . she translated for instance all the books of the english novelist john le carré from english to french. of course she also translated in french the autobiography of her friend dizzy gillespie .

Rab Hines

Ms Perrin was a translator of Anglo-Saxon literature as well, and she also contibuted notes for a Billie Holiday volume in the excellent Masters of Jazz series


One of the singers on the "Les Double Six" album pictured above was a teenage Eddy Louiss, who some readers will recognize as a brilliant and highly eclectic organist who recorded with Rene Thomas, Kenny Clarke, Stan Getz, and others. (Getz called him a "genius.")

John Wilson

I'm with Tom on this. "Beauty and the Beard" is flat out one of my all time favorite albums. Loved it as a kid wanna-be trumpet player and was delighted a few years ago to find most of it on a CD.

Bruce Armstrong

When I first heard the Double Six tribute recording to Dizzy Gillespie I was awestruck!
I still am today. I was especially impressed with those fantastic high notes of Mimi's.I am glad to hear that she had a productive career after she retired from singing. Thank you, Mimi. Au revoir!

Steve Provizer

There was one spin-off group you didn't mention: Quire, led by Christiane Legrand. Beautiful record on RCA BGL1-1700

Also, I own the Ray Charles album and if it's any comfort to Gaston, the poster above, I think it's their weakest effort. The album w. Dizzy. Bud and co. I consider their best.

Bob Jones

Splendid - thank you - I was looking for Eddy Louiss references and found all this! Maervellous!

Ed Etkins

Mimi Perrin lived in Philadelphia in the late 1960's. Her husband worked for Dupont and her son attended the Philadelphia Musical Academy where she directed the vocal jazz ensemble. A supportive mom and a a jazz legend.

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