In the mid 90s, I was lucky enough to be involved in the design of the audiovisual archiving system of the National French Archives INA, soon to be installed at the TGB, also know as the Bibliothèque François Mitterrand , designed by French architect Dominique Perrault.
At the time, I was distributing in France a German made CD Jukebox from a company called NSM. The rapid advance of hard drive capacity and the cost and lack of speed of access of a physical CD archive killed the project for me, but I made very good friends at INA and I was allowed to buy this collection at a very special price. Pity I never got to buy the other 25 CDS alf the collection at the time. If anybody has any I will be interested to talk to you!
My favourites are Bill Evans live in Paris, Vol 1 and 2, top left, Chet Baker, top right (I have a great vinyl of his "tournée en Europe", as well as Memphis Slim that we used to go and listen to at Les Trois Mailletz, one of top jazz clubs in Paris in the 70s, and actually talk to him, my elbow resting on his piano...Priceless! My great friend and a very good pianist Cyril L himself. introduced me to these places when we were together at IUT de Cachan where we were learning electronics together. I just discovered today that Cyril was actually in the audience for the Bill Evans Vol 1 recording at ORTF in 1972! And although, we have talked music, wine (his Dad was a famous Burgundy wine merchant (Ah ces Aloxe-Corton, Cyril...) and girls, not necessary in that order! We ended up working together at Hewlett-Packard for many years. Great friend!
Et pour finir, a video from the INA archives, a tour of the Paris Jazz clubs of the time, including Tabou, Blue Note, Les Trois Mailletz and the Club Saint-Germain. Enjoy with no moderation!
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.