Chip Deffaa - New York Post (1989)
"It was the kind of thing you hardly
expected to happen, but it was 16 French musicians bringing American arrangements to life
with more richness, exuberance and finesse than most American band you're apt to
encounter. Claude Bolling big band making its American debat Aug. 26 at New York's South
Sun Valley Journal (1989)
"The audience delighted in the rich
sounds by a band that one knowledgeable local described as "the best big band in the
R.T. Rapport (1993)
"This Parisian import features two
outstanding soloists -Bolling on piano and Grappelli on violin with big band support. Need we
say more ? Recorded in France, the whole disc runs the gamut of what the two of them must
have been playing for years. Whats amazing here is that theres still plenty of
life in their renditions and the arrangements by Bolling are exemplary.... ... We rarely
give the ultimate -five stars- to any disc, but if we had six, wed award it.
Its a knock out."
Mercer Ellington (1989)
"Little would one suspect that a
gentleman from the land of the tricolor distinguish himself so well with three shades of
brown, that is. Claude at some time or other had to have hung out with the wrong people to
get the right feeling of soul interpreted in his version, or should I say this version of
"Black, Brown and Beige". Thank
goodness he helps to keep the genius of Duke Ellington alive. And one further word : it
takes a genius to know a genius"
Nancy Sundstrom - Traverse city Record Eagle
"There is much to appreciate about
Claude Bolling's music, and there's much to enjoy about this Big Band. Last night concert
was a true delight for classical, crossover, jazz and big band fans alike. Whatever the
preference for musical genre, we all left saying "Vive le Bolling !"
Stu Ogletree - Columbus news (1991)
"The band was fantastique, Bolling is
a big jeenyez (genius), and I almost forgot the "soviets are on the brink of civil
war". Ok, I'm better now"
Eddie Cook - Jazz Journal International (1995)
"This is a film of the
Victory Concert performed
by Claude Bollings Big Band before more than 300,000 people at the Place de la
Concorde in Paris on August 25, 1995, the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Paris...
... This is certainly one of the greatest big band videos I have seen and it will be
appreciated by all swing band enthusiasts. The sound and picture are excellent and the
soloists first class."
R.T. Rapport (1995)
The Victory Concert :
"50 years after D-Day which led to the end of World War II in Europe, the disc is an
outgrowth of a concert Bollings band performed earlier which was greatly
applauded... ... Begin the Beguine is performed here in the same arrangement Artie Shaw
turned out when he made it into a hit. But the Bolling band plays it with such verve and
high spirit that it sounds like new."