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Jean-Claude Vannier is a French musician, composer and arranger. He was born during a bomb scare in Courbevoie, Hauts-de-Seine in 1943. He was particularly well known as an associate of Serge Gainsbourg and for arranging scores for film in the 1960s, though he later became a solo recording artist in his own right. His musical style was influenced by jazz, baroque, klezmer, Asian and rock forms.Read More...
He was originally a record producer but was kept from working with more "commercially important" clients and forced to produce for Arabic clients. This was, according to Vannier, an opportunity to explore further the musical genres he had formed a keen interest in. He later went on to work as an arranger for Brigitte Fontaine, Johnny Halliday and Michel Polnareff before being approached by Serge Gainsbourg after Gainsbourg's association with composer Alain Goraguer had disintegrated. Perhaps Vannier's most popular contribution to music was his arranging for Gainbourg's landmark album Histoire de Melody Nelson in 1971, a concept album based around a funk rhythm section with a string and chorus accompaniment. He also composed the scores for some of the films in which Gainsbourg starred — Pierre Koralnik's Cannabis and André Cayatte's Les chemins de Katmandou.
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