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.

 Joanna Kulig as Zula in  Cold War (2018)

Joanna Kulig as Zula in Cold War (2018)

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.  

 Tomasz Kot as Wiktor and Joanna Kulig as Zula in  Cold War (2018)

Tomasz Kot as Wiktor and Joanna Kulig as Zula in Cold War (2018)

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.


MILES DAVIS

Générique

HENRI SALVADOR

Stompin’ at the Savoy

RENE THOMAS

Relaxin’ on the Grand Balcon

SIDNEY BECHET with CLAUDE LUTER

Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams

EDDY LOUISS

Bag’s Groove

DJANGO REINHARDT

Peche a la Mouche

HUBERT ROSTAING

Bonjour Benny

STEPHANE GRAPPELLI

Le Tien

LE JAZZ GROUPE DE PARIS

Parisian Thoroughfare

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.

Ryan Hewitt