Ronnie Scott's Curates 9 Parisian Jazz Greats
Those already hip to Paweł Pawlikowski's new film Cold War will know that music plays a significant part in the story. While it might be a stretch to call it a musical, the film includes frequent performances of folk and jazz numbers, and the soundtrack, which takes in popular tracks as well as original compositions, plays a duet of call and response with the twists and turns of Zula and Wiktor's romance as it grows from the simple and ordered to the complex and scattered.
Wiktor plays piano in the Parisian jazz bar, L'eclipse, where the glad rags are always on and the nights last forever. It's a world we want to share in. Order a tumbler of that sweet nostalgia, a flute of liberté, take a seat at a bistro table for two and, later, dance the night away through a dreamy haze of cigarette smoke.
To help us all slip into the groove, we asked our friends at London's famous Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club to compile a Cold War inspired playlist. This collection takes in recordings of a particularly Parisian flavour, featuring songs from the well known likes of Miles Davis and his soundtrack to Louis Malle's 1958 classic Lift to the Scaffold, to the lesser known Stéphane Grappelli.
Allow this playlist to take you there.
Stompin’ at the Savoy
Relaxin’ on the Grand Balcon
SIDNEY BECHET with CLAUDE LUTER
Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams
Peche a la Mouche
LE JAZZ GROUPE DE PARIS
And if you enjoyed this Ronnie Scott's creation, we've put together a full playlist for you to enjoy on Spotify with even more Paris jazz vibes.
Paweł Pawlikowski's Cold War plays in cinemas and exclusively on demand at Curzon Home Cinema from Friday 31 August.