02. Guilde's Song To Binkirri
03. Gardenia Devil
04. 14 Temps
05. Bamako Koulikaro
06. Afrika Freak Out
08. El Hadji
10. Tindi Abalessa
11. El Hadji
12. Balandji In Bobo
13. Sannu Ne Gheinyo
14. El Hadji
Bass – Christian Tritsh, Simon Boissezon
Drums – Micheline Pelzer
Electric Guitar – Pierre Chaze
Electric Piano – Michel Graillier
Lute – Didier Léon
Saxophone [Tenor] – Barney Wilen
Vocals – Babeth Lamy, Caroline De Bendern, Laurence Apithi, Marva Broome
Completely bonkers mash up of afro to free jazz with field recordings and vocal harmonies - out there and all the better for it.Recommended.
A wild and groundbreaking record recorded by the great French tenor player Barney Wilen! Although he got his start as a bebopper in the 50's, Wilen sort of dropped out of sight by the end of the 60's and only emerged from time to time to cut strangely experimental sides. This record is unlike anything he ever made, and features a wild mix of African rhythms, ambient sound, and Wilen's deep deep tenor. By this point, Wilen had been absorbing a lot of different influences, from Coltrane, to Pharoah Sanders, to some of the European free players, and his sound is a weird mish mash of styles that weaves in and out of all the stuff on the record. It's a haunting bit of afro jazz and funky noise, with some cuts that are spacey, and others that are nice and funky. Dusty Groove.
During the fifties Wilen was in great demand as a jazz saxophonist, playing with moguls like Miles Davis, Art Blakey and Thelonious Monk. Then in the sixties something must have happened. Probably he began taking drugs or had a kind of enlightment which led him musically into a more psychedlic direction culminating in albums like "Dear Prof.Leary" and "Moshi".
"Moshi" is recorded in 1973 and mainly the result of an africa trip in 1971. He might have recorded singings of africans their during his trip and used these recordings to put together a a kind of soundcollage, mixing orignally recorded african music and his funky, psychedelic jazz funk. On some of the tracks this works perfectly, for example on the title track (lasting more than 16 minutes) and on "Chechaoun".
But not all the songs (or sounds ?) work as good as the mentioned ones. Some of his collages are a bit directionless. They are more a pose, than interesting music. And I'm not sure, if his tries to make a pop song like "Zombizar" and "Gardenia devil" really convince me. But anyway, more than 30 minutes of nearly perfect psychedelic jazz funk. Very entertaining.