JEF GILSON
Hard Bop / Big Band / Avant-Garde Jazz / World Fusion / Third Stream • France

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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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Avec Lloyd Miller
Hard Bop 1961
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Enfin!
Hard Bop 1963
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Œil Vision
Avant-Garde Jazz 1963
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Jeff Gilson à Gaveau
Big Band 1965
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New Call from France (aka A Free Call)
Big Band 1966
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Jef Gilson Trio + Montorgueil 46 : Messe Pour Les Halles De Paris
Third Stream 1971
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Malagasy
World Fusion 1972
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Pages D'Écritures (with Chris Hayward)
Hard Bop 1982

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Jef Gilson Big Band
Big Band 1963
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Jef Gilson EP
Hard Bop 2011

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

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The Beginning Of J.L. Ponty
Hard Bop 1975
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Anthology Jef Gilson 1945/1975 : The Big Band Era
Big Band 1975
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Anthology Jef Gilson 1945/1975 : The Beginning of Jef Gilson
Hard Bop 1975
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Zao
World Fusion 2004
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The Best Of
Avant-Garde Jazz 2011
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The Archives
Hard Bop 2013
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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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