Penant, Renaud Trio / I Want To Be Happy
Album: I Want To Be Happy   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Penant, Renaud Trio   Added:Apr 2015
Label:Iti Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2015-06-26 Pull Date: 2015-08-28 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Aug 30 Aug 23 Aug 16 Aug 9 Aug 2 Jul 19 Jul 12 Jul 5
Airplays: 3 3 1 3 1 2 4 1

Recent Airplay
1. Mar 24, 2022: Rebop (rebroadcast from Aug 7, 2015)
I Want To Be Happy
4. Aug 28, 2015: Rebop
The Newest Blues
2. Jul 10, 2021: Music Casserole (rebroadcast from Aug 22, 2015)
Once I Loved
5. Aug 26, 2015: 8-26-2015
I Want To Be Happy
3. Jun 26, 2021: Music Casserole (rebroadcast from Aug 8, 2015)
The Newest Blues
6. Aug 23, 2015: Septagonal Banana
Once I Loved

Album Review
Be Sharp
Reviewed 2015-06-23

This French born, NYC-based drummer isn’t well known: I found no online articles on him nor reviews of this album. Still Penant is working steadily in Manhattan jazz clubs: his web site lists frequent gigs around town. Here he leads a piano-bass-drums trio through a set of upbeat, happy, melodic tunes. We get a couple old Broadway songs; the rest are covers of compositions by famous jazz masters. It’s light going, enjoyable, nightclub jazz.

All instrumental. No FCC issues.

1 * Very fast. Often sung tune from “No No Nanette” (1920s). Bright, galloping piano melodies; quick flourishes on drums. (5:22)
2 * Mid-fast. Hip, swinging melody. Good rhythm. (7:21)
3 Mid-tempo. Easy ramble on the ivories with little ornamentation. Steady rhythm. (6:59)
4 Fast. Cole Porter classic done too fast IMO. A bit heavy handed as well. (8:20)
5 Fast. Spirited toe-tapper by the great bebop pianist Bud Powell. (5:20)
6 Very slow. The only ballad here. Pretty, but sleepy. (9:29)
7 ** Very fast. Another bebop challenge for the pianist (I liked this more than #5). Some nice breaks by the bass and the drums make this fun and interesting. (8:14)
8 Mid-fast. Usually a slow love song (see Shirley Horn), here it’s amped up. (12:07)
9 * Mid-tempo. Swingin’ and pleasant. There’s a rare bass solo. (5:49)

Track Listing
1. I Want To Be Happy   5. Elegy
2. So Do It   6. Autumn In New York
3. Quasimodo   7. Bean And The Boys
4. Love For Sale   8. Once I Loved
  9. The Newest Blues