1. Invitation
2. Just give me time
3. Con alma
4. Serenata
5. Sconsolato
6. Yah, yah
7. Born to be blue
8. Insensatez
9. Calypso blues
10.Balafon for Marcel Marceau

The Kenny Clarke-Fancy Boland Ensemble has its headquarter and
management in Cologne. Many international recordings and
releases presents the lineup of the Clarke-Boland in trio, quartet,
sextet and in bands with 13 and 21 musicians from all over Europe.
This time, they were a sextet that traveled to Rolandseck, a
German ensemble with no Germans.
Kenny "Klook" Clarke is one of the heads of the bebop movement.
He was also one of the founders of the Modern Jazz Quartet and he
is considered today with Max Roach and Art Blakey one of the most
important jazz drummer. He is involved in most of the essential
recordings of the Forties, Fifties and Sixties. This new album shows
him under a new perspective, casting the great jazz drummer as the
driving force of a sextet playing jazz with some latin influences.
Francy Boland, the small, shy, inconspicuous, efficient man from
Namur, is responsible for piano and arrangements. As a composer
and arranger, he worked with Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Dizzy
Gillespie, Woody Herman and Kurt Edelhagen. Drive and passion
are both forces of his piano playing style and arrangements.
Jimmy Woode, bass and vocals, is one of the excellent American
jazz players in European exile. He worked for six years with Duke
Ellington. Many great musicians have come from that school,
amongst whom are wonderful bass players such as Jimmy Blanton
and Oscar Pettiford. Today James Bryant Woode drives the Clarke-
Boland "Swing-Machine". His vocals display an astonishing jazz
feeling, fresh and immaculate, without superfluous virtuosities.
Fats Sadi, means bongos. His steady rhythm blends with Clarke's
drumming and Woode's bass playing in an unshakable unity.
Joe Harris, percussions, shows here his versatility: he plays congas
on "Con Alma", guiro in "Serenata", vibraphone on "Sconsolato",
timbales in "Calypso". He replaced Kenny Clarke in many
occasions, playing with Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones and Lionel
Sahib Shihab, flute, leads the melody with vibrating swing
throughout all the tonalities. Shihab's previous jazz experiences
were with Fletcher Henderson, Roy Eldridge, Gillespie and
Under Marcel Marceau's patronage a band mixing black and white
people, consisting of America and Europe, performed with this line
up arousing musical influences from Latin America.
Recorded in occasion of Marcel Marceau's Party at the old railway
station of Rolandseck on September 25th, 1965.


Sahib Shihab • flute
Francy Boland • piano
Fats Sadi • bongos, marymba,
Jimmy Woode • bass and vocal
Joe Harris • percussion
Kenny Clarke • drums
Production and supervision: Gigi Campi