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Les Feuilles Mortes

Some of you will recognise that as the title of the original French lyric for the tune widely know in the anglophone world as Autumn Leaves. For the background – including the original French lyrics and a literal translation as well as Johnny Mercer’s English reworking – can be found online.

It came to mind as I was driving back from a jazz gig at The Ferryboat in Whitchurch on Thames this afternoon. Autumn is definitely touching the trees and leaves are beginning to fall. However, it wasn’t one of the tracks we performed, although our two sets did feature plenty of well-known standards.

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