Jef Gilson et Malagasy

Jef Gilson et Malagasy

  • Label: Jazzman
  • Catalogue number: JMANCD065
  • Format: 4 CD
  • Genres: Jazz, Modal Jazz, Spiritual Jazz
  • Origin: United Kingdom

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  1. A Tana
  2. Avaradoha
  3. Chant Inca
  4. Sodina
  5. The Creator Has a Master-Plan
  6. Malagasy
  7. Newport Bounce
  8. Salegy Jef
  9. Solo Frank
  10. Buddah's Vision
  11. Veloma Lava
  12. Valiha Del
  13. Requiem Pour Django
  14. Dizzy 48
  15. 1973
  16. Valiha Ny Dada
  17. Katramo
  18. Hommage a Rakotozafy
  19. Amore Ny Canal
  20. Del-Light
  21. Ambalavoa
  22. Rotaka (Fais Peter)
  23. Colchiques Dans Les Pres
  24. Unknown 1
  25. Unknown 2
  26. Unknown 3
  27. Chant Inca (Live)
  28. Dizzy 48 (Live)
  29. Prelude En Sol Mineur
  30. Les Touches Noires
  31. Unknown 4

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Real deal ethnic jazz of the first water! Think Mulatu and Ethiopea, Fela Kuti and Nigeria - now think Malagasy and Madagascar!

Over recent years, we at Jazzman have delved deep in into the life and work of the late French jazz pioneer Jef Gilson. The outcome has been two double albums featuring the best of his life’s work, and has included many previously unreleased tracks.

As well as spending his days (and nights) composing, recording, producing, arranging and performing, part of Gilson’s life involved the study and exploration of music, and in the late 1960s his curiosity led him to the ex-French colony of Madagascar, the island just off the south eastern coast of Africa. Indeed, Gilson was fascinated by all kinds of music, not just jazz, and his thirst for musical knowledge led him to make several trips to Madagascar not only to study the indigenous music, but also to spread his passion for jazz.

His absorption of Malagasy culture and the strength of his personality would eventually result in the release of 3 exceptional albums of Malagasy jazz, as well as a string of Malagasy concerts, events and radio shows performed across France.

Here we present in their entirety all 3 of these albums, as well as 2 further albums of previously unreleased Malagasy material, in an attempt to address the profound contribution that Gilson and Malagasy have made to world jazz.

The music is early experiments in Ethnic Jazz created as a direct result of Jef Gilson’s expedition to Madagascar in 1969. Three LPs of super rare Malagasy jazz restored and available again for the first time in 40 years. Two LPs of unheard and previously unissued Afro-Spiritual jazz. An impossibly rare 7” single made available for the first time ever outside Madagascar.

  • All tracks fully licensed and digitally restored
  • 4 CD set with 24 page colour booklet
  • Comprehensive and detailed liner notes with information on each track and stories direct from our interviews with the musicians involved
  • Liner notes in English et en français
  • Free digital download card
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