The Mezzo TV station presented a documentary and concert excerpts featuring bassist Henri Texier. Born in 1945 Texier became known in the 60s and 70s when he worked with several American jazz players who were singing in the Paris hot jazz clubs.

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Famous friends from the French art scene like film director Bertrand Tavernier and photographer Gui Le Querrec shared their memories about the artist. He talked about great musicians he played with, about his art, about the feeling of freedom when improvising on stage.

Above he plays at the festival ‘Jazz Sous les Pommiers’. When hearing musicians like him one realizes what a complex instrument bass can be and has the feeling that this very difficult instrument can be mastered and made flexible and expressive.

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Here is a gem I found on youTube. The very young Didier Lockwood and Henri Texier playing Gershwin’s ‘Summertime’ in 1980 at Cascais in Portugal.

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This is a 1995 recording of a composition of Henri Texier in a septet formula that comprises his son Sebastien playing the saxophone.

And below is the full La Nuit broadcast at Mezzo featuring Henri Texier.

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