(Georges Ulmer - actually from Denmark but no one seemed to mind)
Another virtual unknown here in the States, but a huge artist in France in the 1940s and 50s. Georges Ulmer actually migrated to France via Spain from Denmark where he established a long and successful career and singer, songwriter and actor. His biggest hit was the 1944 "Pigalle" which actually was translated and recorded over here by many American artists at the time and has been reissued quite a lot in France over the years.
This track, a 1946 recording for French Columbia called Nuits de Paris features the band of Alix Combelle who was best known over here for his association with Django Reinhardt in the 1930s and 40s. Another very popular figure in French Jazz throughout the world, Combelle also worked with numerous American musicians, including Coleman Hawkins, Lionel Hampton and Stan Kenton who were visiting and gigging around Paris in the 1940s and 50s.
Listening to this track you can understand why.