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Michel Herr & Archie Shepp
Michel Herr & Archie Shepp
Just Friends
Record Labels AMC
Phonographic reference AMC 50.047
Released 1993
Media cd
Recorded 1993

The original soundtrack of the Belgian movie "Just Friends"(1993), by film director Marc-Henri Wajnberg, composed and arranged by Michel Herr, featuring US saxophonist Archie Shepp.


Archie Shepp - Tenor saxophone    
Michel Herr - Piano, Composer, Arranger, Musical Director    
Silvia Droste - Vocals    
Riccardo Del Fra - Double bass    
John Engels - Drums    
Eric Verhaeghe - Trumpet    
Edmond Harnie - Trumpet    
Nic Fissette - Trumpet    
Richard Rousselet - Trumpet    
Phil Abraham - Trombone    
Marc Godfroid - Trombone    
Claude Remacle - Trombone    
Jan De Backer - Bass trombone    
Michel Massot - Tubas    
Peter Vandendriessche - Alto saxophone, Bb clarinet    
Frank Vaganée - Alto saxophone    
Pierre Vaiana - Soprano saxophone, Tenor saxophone    
Kurt Van Herck - Tenor saxophone    
Johan Vandendriessche - Baritone saxophone    
Jeanfrançois Prins - Guitar    
Philippe Aerts - Double bass    
Jean-Louis Rassinfosse - Double bass    
Jan de Haas - Drums    


1.   Just Friends      
  Klenner, Lewis
2.   Song for Lucy Quartet version  
  Michel Herr
3.   Something of Me    
  Michel Herr
4.   Perdido      
  Juan Tizol (music), arrt Michel Herr (arrangement)
5.   Jeff's Funeral      
  Michel Herr
6.   Club Groove      
  Michel Herr
7.   Besame Mucho      
  Consuelo Velasquez
8.   Cherokee      
  Ray Noble
9.   Song for Lucy Quartet version    
  Michel Herr
10.   Bass Boom double bass choir    
  Michel Herr
11.   Marche Funèbre      
  F. Chopin
12.   Black Rose Stomp      
  Michel Herr
13.   Song for Lucy Big band version    
  Michel Herr
14.   Medicine      
  Michel Herr
15.   Something of me      
  Michel Herr
16.   Good Guess      
  Michel Herr
17.   Cri      
  A. Shepp
18.   Jeff's Funeral version with Archie Shepp    
  Michel Herr
19.   Song for Lucy solo piano version    
  Michel Herr
The acclaimed soundtrack composed by Michel HERR for a Belgian movie (which received no less than 12 awards). The story, during the fifties, of Jack, a talented Belgian tenor sax player who dreams of a career in the US. Although the main character was inspired by the figure of the late Antwerp saxophonist Jack SELS, the story is pure fiction. "Just Friends" is a movie filled with jazz sounds, an emotional trip through the feelings of friendship and love as well as through the hard sides of the music scene and the difficulties of being an artist, an innovator in Belgium. It came out in 1993 and received no less than 12 prizes both in Belgium and abroad (In 1994, it was the Belgian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards in the US).
MORE on this movie on the WEB SITE of the producer, Wajnbrosse Productions.

The cast : Josse DE PAUW, Charles BERLING, Ann-Gisel GLASS, Sylvie MILHAUD, etc...

If you pay attention, you may even spot Belgian jazz musicians who play a little part in the movie, such as Edmond HARNIE, Philippe AERTS, Jeanfrançois PRINS, Bart DEFOORT, Bo VAN DER WERF, Michel MASSOT, etc... as well as brief appearances of a big band which includes many top Belgian musicians (see above). There is also a very funny scene featuring 20 bassists playing together on the Antwerp Market Place...
The musical counterpart of actor Josse DE PAUW for the soundtrack is US tenor saxophonist Archie SHEPP, who greatly contributes to the emotional quality of the movie.
Michel HERR also called upon top European and Belgian jazz players to give this soundtrack an authentic jazz flavour, with musical compositions ranging from the solo to the big band.

For more infos about the movie, contact :
Phone : ++32 2/381-28-31
Fax : ++32 2/381-28-32

PS : In the fall 2004, the movie has enjoyed a second career in the movie theaters of China. A new poster and the reissue of the CD with a new cover, and a DVD will be items for collectors to search after...!



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