Jazzactuel [Box Set]

Jazzactuel [Box Set]


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The release of Jazzactuel reclaims from obscurity a remarkable period of avant-garde music. Compiled by devoted fans Thurston Moore and Byron Coley, this three-CD box set compiles free jazz, electronic, and psychedelic rock tracks originally released in the late '60s and early '70s by the French label BYG. According to the informative, but at times overzealous, liner notes, the BYG sessions originated from a music festival held in Paris in 1969 that was headlined by such American free jazz legends as Sunny Murray, Dave Burrell, Grachan Moncur III, and Archie Shepp. The music is just as wild as one might expect from such a roster. Sunny Murray's "Red Cross," which opens the first disc, is a near-perfect document of late-'60s free jazz battery, with the leader's drums scrambling and crashing underneath Kenneth Terroade's foghorn tenor drones and the siren-like altos of Arthur Jones and Roscoe Mitchell. Archie Shepp's "Blasé" shocks through brooding intensity, as Jeanne Lee coolly recites a chilling indictment of machismo over a spooky Dave Burrell piano vamp; in the context set by Lee's words, Shepp's burly tenor obligatos take on a predatory quality. Other highlights of the set include Sonny Sharrock's "Soon," on which the guitarist's ferocious tangle of distortion spurs his wife Linda to primitive, orgasmic wails; Dewey Redman's "Tarik," where Redman's snaking muzette lines dance over Ed Blackwell's relentless, often polyrhythmic march beat; and lastly the sublimely noisy "The Seasons Part 6," a 22-minute free workout by Alan Silva's Celestrial Communications Orchestra, comprised of most of the BYG crew and special guests like the elusive trumpeter/flugelhornist Alan Shorter. Admittedly, this music can be numbingly extreme, but there are enough surprises to merit close listening all the way through. A delightful moment is the Art Ensemble of Chicago whooping their way through a parody of military music called "Get in Line" that captures perfectly the revolutionary spirit that infuses seemingly the entire BYG catalog. It should also be mentioned that though free jazz dominates here, the listener is also treated to tripped-out psychedelia courtesy of Daevid Allen and Gong, and electronic exploration by Musica Elettronica Viva. These oddball tracks reveal the period from 1969-1971 as a true renaissance of "out" music, to which Jazzactuel serves as a wonderful introduction.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/28/2001
Label: Snapper Music
UPC: 0803415570720
catalogNumber: 9707
Rank: 57680

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gong   Track Performer
Gary Wright   Piano
Robert Wyatt   Guitar,Drums,Vocals
Barry Altschul   Drums
Art Ensemble of Chicago   Track Performer
Paul Bley   Piano
Lester Bowie   Trumpet,Bass Drums,Flugelhorn,Horn
Anthony Braxton   Clarinet,Flute,Chimes,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Dave Burrell   Piano
Don Cherry   Track Performer
Jerome Cooper   Percussion,Drums
Andrew Cyrille   Percussion,Drums
John Gilmore   Percussion,Tenor Saxophone
Philly Joe Jones   Drums
Joachim Kühn   Piano
Steve Lacy   Soprano Saxophone
Jimmy Lyons   Track Performer
Roscoe Mitchell   Clarinet,Flute,Conga,Gong,Oboe,Piccolo,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Bass Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Human Whistle,Steel Drums,Bells,Logs,Siren
Sunny Murray   Drums
Dewey Redman   Tenor Saxophone,Musette
Sonny Sharrock   Guitar
Archie Shepp   Tenor Saxophone
Clifford Thornton   Conga,Cornet
Burton Greene   Piano
Robin Kenyatta   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Michel Portal   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Marcello Melis   Bass
Grachan Moncur   Track Performer
Musica Elettronica Viva   Track Performer
Alan Silva   Bass,Sarangui,Electric Violin,Bowed Bass
Daevid Allen   Guitar,Vocals
Jacques Thollot   Drums
Marshall Allen   Percussion,Alto Saxophone
Ronnie Boykins   Bass
Malachi Favors   Bass,Percussion,Log Drums,Fender Jazz Bass
Clifford Jarvis   Drums
Steve McCall   Percussion,Drums,Darbouka
Linda Sharrock   Vocals
Irene Aebi   Violin,Celeste,Cello,Vocals
Ed Blackwell   Percussion,Drums,Bells
Chicago Beau   Harmonica
Kent Carter   Cello
Christian Tritsch   Bass Guitar
Jacques Coursil   Trumpet
Claude Delcloo   Drums
Didier Malherbe   Flute,Saxophone,Shenai
Dieter Gewissler   Bass,Electric Violin
Bobby Few   Piano
Julio Finn   Harmonica
Earl Freeman   Bass,Percussion,Gong,Bells
Gilli Smyth   Vocals,Space Whisper
Beb Guérin   Bass
Wayne Harris   Trumpet
Ali Hassan   Trombone
Arthur Jones   Alto Saxophone
Jeanne Lee   Vocals
Famoudou Don Moye   Percussion,Drums
Pat Patrick   Percussion,Baritone Saxophone
Sun Ra   Piano
Jean-Pierre Sabar   Piano
Alan Shorter   Trumpet
Charles Stephens   Trombone
Kenneth Terroade   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Frank Wright   Tenor Saxophone
Mark Levinson   Bass
Burton Greene Ensemble   Track Performer
James Jacson   Log Drums
Leo Smith   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Horn,Logs,Siren
Sun Ra & His Solar Myth Arkestra   Track Performer
Acting Trio   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Anthony Braxton   Sound Machine
Thurston Moore   Annotation
Byron Coley   Annotation
Matt Robin   Reissue
Kam Tang   Artwork

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