If you find yourself in the heart of Paris’s 5th district, that it is where Paris’s spotless Jazz trove is. Paris Jazz Corner is for getting hold of archive and rare music, as long as it’s jazz. Given that Paris shares a major geographical influence with the likes of New York, the titles here span from Americana titles through to French editions too.
I know about the place through an Instagram post from a visual artist who films dancers in the city through their choreographed moves. And just recently one of the clips showed a dancer emerging from, voila, Paris Jazz Corner. So I just had to go see for myself.
Although I’m no jazz aficionado I left with a mint pressing of Walter Davis Jr title ‘400 Years Ago, Tomorrow’, Owl Records, 1979, for 20. And the knowledge of the associate owner is also mint; who needs Google or Alexa when there’s a Human Googlexa – a Hooglexa – on hand?!
The collectibles don’t stop at vinyl; downstairs is dedicated to the original CD format, from a time where their mastering of CDs would have been impeccable, pre-dating the over-compressed sound of ‘mp3 to CD/vinyl’ trend of late. So it’s original vinyl and CDs, but there’s also art hanging on the walls from local artists to buy, too. For a more contemporary record hunt, there’s also Le Silence de La Rue (Check article on Le Silence de La Rue).