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Francois Tusques - Free Jazz
Francois Tusques
Free Jazz
LP | 1965 | UK | Reissue (Cacophonic)
18,99 €*
Release:1965 / UK – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
As Finders Keepers disobedient little-sister-label reaches her 20th (release) anniversariesCacophonic Records are proud to present a record that will not only leave rare recordcollectors salivating but will open ambitious ears to a truly pioneering album from the seldomcelebrated and individualistic micro-genre that is French free Jazz. Comprising some of theearliest uninhibited performances from key musicians behind records by Serge Gainsbourg,Jef Gilson, Triangle, Don Cherry, Barbara and countless other groundbreaking European jazzrecords and freakish films, this LP captures the birth of an exciting movement that wouldsoon earn its Parisian birthplace as the go-to European spiritual home of improvised andavant-garde music. Spearheaded by polymath pianist and composer François Tusques this1965 French LP coined the phrase “free jazz” before the American genre of the same namehad fully taken shape and packed its suitcase; laying the foundations (alongside Jef Gilson’sEnfin!) for a unique satellite brand of jazz that would later provide visiting afro Americanavant-gardeners with a vibrant Parisian platform. Having recorded a very rare single incelebration of the architect Le Corbusier in late 1964 Tusques was lucky enough to playlive with Don Cherry (a key player on Ornette Coleman’s 1961 Free Jazz LP) thus planting apedigreed seed for this vibrant cultivar.With this record we not only hear the unique differences within the Gallic approach to the artform (combining masterful sombre cinematic changes with aerated free-form percussion anderratic reed and brass) but we also get to witness the early lesser savoured secret ingredientsthat would carry France’s mainstream pop culture into truly uncharted and unrivalledterritories throughout the following decades. Best known to faithful Finders Keepers fans asthe soundtrack composer to the horrortica films of Jean Rollin, Tusques is joined here by saxand flute player Francois Jeanneau, who’s electronic jazz album Such A Weird Plane” wouldlater lead to his own band Triangle gaining recognition as France’s leading French languageprig-jazz-rock act. Featuring three players from the aforementioned Enfin! LP by French jazzpioneer and producer Jef Gilson, Free Jazz combines the skills of Jeanneau, with clarinetplayer Michel Portal (Gainsbourg Percussions/Claude Nougaro) and trumpeter Bernard Vitet(whose avant-garde appearances on the Futura label are indispensable). In addition to this,Free Jazz also boasts the inclusion of Tusques’ sidekick and double bass master Bernard“Beb” Guérin (of Sonny Sharrock Monkey-Pockie-Boo infamy) who had also appeared onthe earlier Don Cherry/Le Corbusier recording providing further kudos to this LPs historicalimportance.It is by no coincidence that this carefully selected ensemble would around this time becomeenlisted as the backing group for politically driven singer-songwriter Colette Magny (an actionwhich would arguably later influence Brigitte Fontaine’s choice to adopt The Art Ensemble OfChicago as her backing band after the Actuel records Pan-African Jazz festival and recordseries). The fact that Colette Magny would provide the art direction for this very LP is a cutesmall-print signifier of this LPs intended manifesto status. This album also captures a rareglimpse of percussionist Charles Saudrais in free-form mode after his departure from theBarney WIlen Quartet (Moshi) - an inclusion that would surely galvanise the relationshipbetween WIlen and Tusques resulting in the follow-up record Nouveau Jazz for actor MarcelMouloudji’s privately funded Disques Mouloudji label (on which both rare LPs were originallypressed).This glimpse into a seldom documented underground of a domestic, revolutionary,uncompromised spiritual art-form successfully reveals the other-side of abstracted Frenchmusic which alongside musique concrète, protest pop, symphonic rock and Zeuhl-skoolelectronic prog created a homegrown, self-contained music industry that went on to influencea universe of Gallic magnetic inspiration. “This is free jazz, Jim; but not as we know it.”
Francois Tusques - La Reine Des Vampires 1967
Francois Tusques
La Reine Des Vampires 1967
LP | 2014 | UK | Original (Cacophonic)
17,99 €*
Release:2014 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Unreleased collection of compositions by avant-garde musician François Tusques for Jean Rollin's vampire movies.
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