Jazzactuel [Box Set]

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All Music Guide - Henry M. Shteamer
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Henry M. Shteamer
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/28/2001
  • Label: Snapper Uk
  • UPC: 803415570720
  • Catalog Number: 9707
  • Sales rank: 255,291

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Red Cross - Sunny Murray (7:49)
  2. 2 Blase - Archie Shepp (10:25)
  3. 3 Note - Steve Lacy (4:27)
  4. 4 Memories - Daevid Allen (3:36)
  5. 5 Soon - Sonny Sharrock (7:53)
  6. 6 Exploration - Grachan Moncur III (10:40)
  7. 7 Pan-African Festival - Clifford Thornton (7:48)
  8. 8 Black Suite, Pt. 2 - Jacques Coursil (6:30)
  9. 9 Echo - Dave Burrell (20:02)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Utter-Nots - Sun Ra & His Solar Myth Arkestra (11:18)
  2. 2 Brother B - Arthur Jones (7:23)
  3. 3 Out of Bartok - Burton Greene Ensemble (5:06)
  4. 4 Get in Line - The Art Ensemble of Chicago (4:45)
  5. 5 Pioneering - Andrew Cyrille (4:33)
  6. 6 Ramblin' - Paul Bley (5:45)
  7. 7 One for John/China, Pt. 2 - Frank Wright (16:40)
  8. 8 Cello Discordato No. 9 - Acting Trio (7:40)
  9. 9 Tarik - Dewey Redman (4:47)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Teo-Teo Can - Don Cherry (4:16)
  2. 2 B-Xo No147a - Anthony Braxton (6:24)
  3. 3 Premonitions - Jimmy Lyons (7:35)
  4. 4 Africanasia, Pt. 1 - Arthur Jones (6:08)
  5. 5 The Sound Pool, Pt. 1a - Musica Elettronica Viva (3:42)
  6. 6 Blessing - Kenneth Terroade (17:55)
  7. 7 Squeezing Sponges Over Policemen's Heads/Foghat Digs Holes in Space - Gong (6:34)
  8. 8 The Seasons, Pt. 6 @@Alan Silva and the Celestrial Communication Orchestra (22:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gong Track Performer
Gary Wright Piano
Robert Wyatt Guitar, Drums, Vocals
Barry Altschul Drums
The 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 III 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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