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William Albimoor (Composer, Arranger)

Born: December 28, 1924 - Wevelgem, Belgium
Died: December 11, 2004 - Waremme, Belgium

William (Willy) Albimoor was a Belgian composer, arranger and pianist.

Willy Albimoor was a fruitful composer and arranger. In the beginning of his career he was very active in the Jazz world: he was part of the trio of Roger Vanhaverbeke for 50 years. He accompanied many artists, including: Jack Salts (tenor saxophone), Etienne Verschueren (alto saxophone), Baby Suong (vocals), Herman Sandy (trumpet), David Bee (clarinet), Sadi (vibraphone), and Fud Candrix (tenor saxophone) (1969-1971). He appeared on the big band album of Sadi "Swing a Little", as well as on the LP "Jazz in Little Belgium" (1958, on Decca), along with Etienne Verschueren, Jean Warland and Freddy Rottier and also with Sandy Herman.

In the following decades, Willy Albimoor's career became more varied, as a piano accompanist, composer and arranger. Exceptional instrumentalist, cultivated pianist, full of finesse and imagination, sensitivity and imagination, he excelled in the subtle and difficult art of musical accompaniment. He accompanied either solo or with a trio, quartet or quintet choice, a large number of performers including Fud Leclerc, Josephine Baker, Baby Suong, Johan Verminnen and Paul Louka, on an international basis, for nearly 20.

Willy Albimoor was the composer of many tunes for the songs of Louis Neefs, Ann Christy, Etta Cameron, Will Tura, Bobbejaan Schoepen, etc ... He also composed 4 mini-concertos for piano solo and orchestra, which were performed more than a hundred times in Japan by the Caravelli Orchestra in the years 1972-1978. Finally, with his compostion Jungle Fever for the group Chakachas, Albimoor had stalled on a 1972 Gold Disk "millionaire" in the USA (Hit No. 3 in Billboard and Cash Box). Since its inception until 1992, he also accompanied all the "Revues" of the Compagnie des Galeries. Holder of numerous awards and international Belgian, he received in 1977 the prize of SABAM. He died in 2004 as a result of several thrombosis.


Source: Jazz in Belgium Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (January 2008)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (January 2008)

William Albimoor: Short Biography | Piano Transcriptions: Works | Recordings

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Willy Albimoor (Jazz in Belgium) [French]




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