Sacha Distel: Guitarist-Singer - JazzWax

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May 01, 2012


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Good article!

Do you know that one?

I think the orchestra is Ted Heath's.

Gerard Lozier

I agree, though only to a certain extent. In the 50's and early 60's, Sacha Distel was all class indeed, an excellent songwriter and highly talented jazz guitarist. As a pop vocalist, he recorded far too many forgettable tunes, maybe a sign that he was spoiled by the good life and only cared for the money then, maybe a sign that he simple didn't take music very serious anymore.

CTI Fanblog

Thank you for this nice article on Sacha Distel.
It's a shame to have to translate from the English to read a tribute to one of the best French guitarists.
You're right to point out that in France he is only known as a pop singer.
It's true that in the end his legendary smile was not an advantage for him... with the male audience.
Shirley Horn did a very beautiful version of one of his songs, "The Good Life".


Sacha Distel on stage with Louis Armstrong:


Sacha with Bobby Jaspar & Kenny Clarke:


Sacha Distel began as a serious jazz musician and ended as a pop singer.
It's a pity that someone with so much jazz potential recorded only a handful of albums in his original musical idiom.

In Germany, there are many examples of artists, who had their roots in jazz but later focused on writing and performing mediocre musical material.

Most of them never again recorded jazz—and even when they added blue notes, their original and new fans didn't appreciate those halfhearted efforts.

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