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Album · 1972

Filed under World Fusion
By JEF GILSON

Tracklist

A1 A Tana 5:20
A2 Avaradoha 6:25
A3 Chant Inca 4:12
A4 Sodina 6:35
B1 The Creator Has A Master-Plan 12:12
B2 Malagasy 7:10

Line-up/Musicians

Bass – Jean-Charles Capon (tracks: A1 to A3), Sam (tracks: B1)
Clarinet [Bass] – Arnaud Razafy (tracks: A1 to A3, B1)
Drums – Alain Rahoerson (tracks: A1 to A3), Serge Rahoerson (tracks: A4)
Drums, Organ, Percussion [Malagasian] – Jean-Claude Pourtier (tracks: B2)
Flute [Sodina] – Roland De Comarmond (tracks: A4)
Guitar [Electric] – Arnaud Razafy (tracks: A4)
Percussion [Malagasian] – Jojo (tracks: B1), Pierre Moret (tracks: B2)
Percussion [Malagasian], Piano [Electric Hohner] – Jef Gilson (tracks: B2)
Piano – Jef Gilson (tracks: A1 to A3, B1)
Saxophone [Alto] – Alain Razafinohatra (tracks: A1 to A3)
Saxophone [Baritone] – Roland De Comarmond (tracks: A1 to A3)
Saxophone [Soprano] – Georges Rahoerson (tracks: A1 to A3)
Saxophone [Tenor] – Joel Rakotomamonjy (tracks: A1 to A3), Serge Rahoerson (tracks: A1 to A3)
Xylophone [Malagasian] – Jef Gilson (tracks: A1 to A3)

About this release

Lumen ‎– LD 33 908 / Palm ‎– PALM 1 (France)

Side one recorded between March and April 1969.
Side two is recorded in two sessions, in 1969 and 1971

Thanks to snobb for the addition

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snobb
French keyboardist Jef Gilson is possibly better known by his band from early 60s with still unknown violinist Jean Luc Ponty on board.But in late 60s-early 70s he was one the first European musicians, seriously influenced by African music.

"Malagacy" was a first (of two) albums,recorded by Jef with big team of Madagascar musicians.Whole band includes 5 reeds players (mostly saxes,electric bassist,drummer,few percussionists and Jef on (electric) piano or xylophone. Album's music is presented by quite pleasant,often hypnotic mix of African rhythms,lot of brass sound and some quite free sax soloing.In many moments compositions reminds Sun Ra most "African" works, but better structured and less psychedelic. Twelve-minutes long version of Pharoah Sanders' "The Creator Has A Master-Plan" is an interesting inclusion.

Even if Jef's keyboards' sound is often only on second plan and all music is mostly reeds-dominated,in combination with serious groove and African percussion this album is really rewarding listening especially for those with interest for early fusion of European jazz and African music.

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