BERNARD VITET

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Bernard Vitet (26 May 1934 – 3 July 2013) was a French trumpetist, multi-instrumentist and composer, co-founder of the first free jazz band in France (1964) together with François Tusques, Michel Portal Unit (1972) and Un Drame Musical Instantané with Jean-Jacques Birgé and Francis Gorgé in 1976.

Born in Paris, France, Vitet was involved in the early fusion of jazz and contemporary music with Bernard Parmegiani and Jean-Louis Chautemps. In the 1960s, he accompanied singers such as Serge Gainsbourg, Barbara, Yves Montand, Claude François, Brigitte Bardot, Marianne Faithfull, Colette Magny, and Brigitte Fontaine. He played with jazz musicians such as Lester Young, Archie Shepp, Anthony Braxton, Don Cherry, Chet Baker, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Steve Lacy, Gato Barbieri, Jean-Luc Ponty, and Martial Solal. In his early years, he performed with Django Reinhardt, Gus Viseur, Eric Dolphy, and Albert Ayler.

Under his own name he recorded Surprise-partie avec Bernard
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BERNARD VITET La Guêpe album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
La Guêpe
Avant-Garde Jazz 1972
BERNARD VITET Mehr Licht! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mehr Licht!
Avant-Garde Jazz 1979
BERNARD VITET Supposons Le Problème Résolu (with Hélène Sage) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Supposons Le Problème Résolu (with Hélène Sage)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1984

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BERNARD VITET La Guêpe

Album · 1972 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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Contrary to beautiful phrases, drenched in dangerous flavour with risky shots. The first breaking shot (ah suitable to call as a breaking one) "Et Cetera" is the navigator of Zeuhlish avantgarde mission for us listeners. Superior piano theatre can make this short story finer and more gracious. Anyway, this is only a prologue for a complete madness of life.

The following part "Balle De Fusil Pt. 1 / Hymenoptere" notifies us that the curtain of a trippy fantasia opens, along with aggressive and crazy string dances. As though we would get upon a pink Cadillac, sticky female voices and indescribable beautiful shout (or meaningless original language?) show us scape of psychedelic harmony. Sounds like her voices would get dressed with many pieces of instrumental soundscape ... no scatter nor distortion can be found, amazingly. We should be blown down just upon this moment at first. The next "Trolley Gresilleur" is another wall of sound, flooded with deep horns, an active xylophone, and freaky killa voices. Wonder why we get crazy so easily but no difficulty here. Yes because they get crazy completely, that's the reason, simply. On the other hand, enthusiasm we can get definitely via this craziness ... oh fascinating.

"La Guepe Et Le Fruit", a real avantgarde jazz dreamland, is percussive and funky tribal ceremony. The light-touched percussion is not deep nor rhythmical, but obscure power in it can push us into another dimension. Enough is enough, for colourful experiments in a magical stuff "Toujour Fourree Dans La Nectarotheque", regardless of their simple formation and musical construction. In the last "Balle De Fusil Pt. 2", our freakout spiritual uplift has got higher and higher. Let me say this "La Guepe" is an authentic collection and splendid pioneer of experimental jazz. Surely they drive us mad, through their enthusiasm. Recommended.

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