Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Henri Texier "Varech" Disques JMS, 1977

I've listened to this LP quite a lot for the last past months. and i'm still amazed by its musical quality. This is a Jazz LP but not your common urban swing or Jazz/Funk extravaganza, can i describe it ? Let's say modal intimate groove with a rural inclination and occasional wordless vocals.
"Varech" is the second Henri Texier solo album, and when i say solo, i mean solo. Texier is alone on this one and plays all the instruments (Double-bass, Oud, Flute, Bombard, Fender-bass and Percussions) using the rerecording technique. This second solo effort is very similar to its first one, "Amir", shared by Kristof Space Debris last january.

If you are into french Jazz, Bass oriented records or simply men with beard...This is surely one for you !
Oh yes, "Varech" was briefly available on CD about ten years ago but has been deleted and is now unavailable.

See you soon !

The zip file contains high resolution cover scan and tracks encoded at 256 kbps.


Thursday, May 18, 2006

Dominique Laurent & Pinok et Matho "Les pays de tout en tout" Unidisc, 1978

Here is an other LP from the Unidisc label, an abstract and atmospheric electronic record that i found recently in a thrift shop.

Once again, this one was recorded with body expression in mind by a musician named Dominique Laurent upon ideas by two mimes named Pinok et Matho (Monique Bertrand & Mathilde Dumont). The two of them helped to create three LPs for the Unidisc label and quite a lot of informations can be found about them on the web when you try a search (mostly in french).
Don't expect fat electro breaks because there is no drums, only synthesizers and electronic organs, and if you're into experimental synthesizer music in the Paul Bley way you'll also be disappointed, but if what you want is seventies electronic Library sound, i think you might like this one.

See you soon !

The zip file contains high resolution cover scans and tracks encoded at 256 kbps.

Les pays de tout en tout

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Francisco Semprun & Michel Christodoulides "Métamorphoses" Unidisc, 197?

This is a beautiful and abstract LP with percussions, harpsichord, flutes and electronic effects. There is no funky tracks on this one and this is how i like my Library Music most of the time...Sorry, did i say Library Music ? Well, this is not exactly what it is, even if Jonny Trunk includes the Unidisc label in his book.

Unidisc began its activity during the sixties with educational and Christian Music records. During the seventies and most notably the second half of this decade, the label released a serie of very impressive records for mime, body expression or psychomotricity. These records were intended to be used in schools or dance classes, and this is were i first became aware of them (i mean in school, not in a dance class...who knows, if i would have attempted a dance class, maybe i wouldn't have collected records and would have danced to other people's collection !).
When i was at the elementary school during the seventies, my teacher used to play some Unidisc records, it was the soundtrack of our physical exercises.

I'll post more Unidisc records in the future, mostly from the contemporary dance serie. I hope you'll like this one and if so, don't forget to drop me a line...oh yes, i dedicate this LP to Chenard Walcker, i know he likes this label too.

See you soon !

The zip file contains high resolution cover scans and tracks encoded at 256 kbps.


Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Caravelli "April Orchestra vol.16" CBS/April Music, 1977

If you are into Library Music you have already heard about this LP. This is one of the best, if not the best of all the April Orchestra releases.

It takes only one look at Caravelli's discography to understand that this record is an enigma. You can listen to fifty of his dull orchestral records without finding even ten seconds worth of sample so it's quite surprising that the french/Italian conductor released this Hip Hop producer's dream at the end of the seventies. You are about to hear deep dark Funk with a perfect instrumentation, tight drums, fat bass, occasional organ and a string section that has more to do with Bernard Herrmann than André Rieu...and what about those strange titles that look like a catalogue of Grand Guignol Theater plays, "L'étrange Dr. Personne", "Métamorphose démentielle", "Cadence pour un fou"...I really like this record !

See you soon !

The zip file contains high resolution cover scans and tracks encoded at 256 kbps.