Pierre Michelot

Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s


3 March 1928, Saint Denis, France, d. 3 July 2005, Paris, France. Michelot studied classical bass from the age of 16, but it was the playing of Jimmy Blanton and Oscar Pettiford that attracted him to jazz. He played with Rex Stewart in 1948, toured Europe with Kenny Clarke and recorded with Coleman Hawkins. Although such experience must have sharpened his playing, he only gained the chance because he was already an accurate, melodic player who could provide a band with a springy rhythm. Throughout the 50s he worked in Paris clubs with Django Reinhardt, tenor players Lester Young, Don Byas, Dexter Gordon, Zoot Sims and Stan Getz. Among his recordings were sessions with Miles Davis in 1956/7, and pianist Bud Powell in the early 60s. Meanwhile, he was writing arrangements for trumpeter Chet Baker, Kenny Clarke and for session work. For 15 years, from 1959, he worked with Jacques Loussier’s Play Bach Trio. He took part in the filming of Tavernier’s Round...

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