JEF GILSON

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When Jean-François Quiévreux aka Jef Gilson died in February 2012, he was still unknown to most of his French countrymen, even to many of the French jazz world. Yet he began his professional career in the mid-’40s alongside Boris Vian, the famed novelist/musician who connected Duke Ellington and Miles Davis with the French scene, and remained in the game until 2002.

In Gilson’s fifty-year career, he did virtually all possible jobs in music: composer, conductor, arranger, vinyl-cutter, pianist, singer, writer, sound engineer, producer, teacher, theorist, and label manager.

During those fifty years, the French pioneer was either ahead of his time or consciously old fashioned. Who else in France can claim to have played bebop, modal, religious, Eastern, free, Afro, spiritual, blues, big band… And all of them using his own compositions, as Gilson almost never recorded standards.

As a talent spotter, Gilson was the equal of Miles Davis, bringing forth numerous soon-to-be
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JEF GILSON Avec Lloyd Miller album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Avec Lloyd Miller
Hard Bop 1961
JEF GILSON Enfin! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Enfin!
Hard Bop 1963
JEF GILSON Œil Vision album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Œil Vision
Avant-Garde Jazz 1963
JEF GILSON Jeff Gilson à Gaveau album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jeff Gilson à Gaveau
Big Band 1965
JEF GILSON New Call from France (aka A Free Call) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
New Call from France (aka A Free Call)
Big Band 1966
JEF GILSON Jef Gilson Trio + Montorgueil 46 : Messe Pour Les Halles De Paris album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jef Gilson Trio + Montorgueil 46 : Messe Pour Les Halles De Paris
Third Stream 1971
JEF GILSON Malagasy album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Malagasy
World Fusion 1972
JEF GILSON Pages D'Écritures (with Chris Hayward) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Pages D'Écritures (with Chris Hayward)
Hard Bop 1982

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JEF GILSON Jef Gilson Big Band album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jef Gilson Big Band
Big Band 1963
JEF GILSON Jef Gilson EP album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jef Gilson EP
Hard Bop 2011

JEF GILSON live albums

JEF GILSON Le Massacre Du Printemps album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Le Massacre Du Printemps
Avant-Garde Jazz 1971
JEF GILSON Concert A La M.J.C. Colombes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Concert A La M.J.C. Colombes
Avant-Garde Jazz 1972
JEF GILSON Malagasy At Newport-Paris album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Malagasy At Newport-Paris
World Fusion 1973
JEF GILSON Les Touches Noires album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Les Touches Noires
Hard Bop 1997
JEF GILSON Gilson et Malagasy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gilson et Malagasy
World Fusion 2014

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JEF GILSON The Beginning Of J.L. Ponty album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Beginning Of J.L. Ponty
Hard Bop 1975
JEF GILSON Anthology Jef Gilson 1945/1975 : The Big Band Era album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Anthology Jef Gilson 1945/1975 : The Big Band Era
Big Band 1975
JEF GILSON Anthology Jef Gilson 1945/1975 : The Beginning of Jef Gilson album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Anthology Jef Gilson 1945/1975 : The Beginning of Jef Gilson
Hard Bop 1975
JEF GILSON Zao album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Zao
World Fusion 2004
JEF GILSON The Best Of album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best Of
Avant-Garde Jazz 2011
JEF GILSON The Archives album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Archives
Hard Bop 2013
JEF GILSON Chanson De Jazz album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chanson De Jazz
Vocal Jazz 2013

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JEF GILSON Malagasy

Album · 1972 · World Fusion
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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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