Saturday, April 4, 2015

Weidorje - 1978 - Weidorje

Weidorje 
1978 
Weidorje




01. Elohim's Voyage (16:31)
02. Vilna (12:19)
03. Booldemug (7:10)
Bonus tracks:
04. Rondeau (live) (8:48)
05. Kolinda (live) (12:27)

- Bernard Paganotti / bass, vocals
- Patrick Gauthier / keyboards
- Michel Ettori / guitar
- Kirt Rust / drums
- Alain Guillard / saxophone
- Yvon Guillard / trumpet, vocals
- Jean-Phillipe Goude / keyboards



WEIDORJE, formed in 1977 by two ex-MAGMA members, Bernard Paganotti and Patrick Gauthier (also keyboardist for HELDON, a group that featured Richard Pinhas) is one of Zheul's children, probably the most faithful and the closest musically and spiritually to MAGMA. One can find a mythology close to MAGMA's one : "the wait of a flying saucer that would come one morning take us with its new values, sane and safe".

WEIDORJE means "celestial wheel". This word appears for the very first time in MAGMA's album "Üdü Wüdü" in the form of a short track (4:30) composed by Paganotti and Blasquiz, the latter being the second master brain in MAGMA, along with Vander (Blasquiz achieved by the way WEIDORJE's cover art).

This tune foreshadows what WEIDORJE's music will be :
- same hypnotical power as MAGMA but more rock-based, more accessible at first listen even if by mistake (as was the case with MAGMA) the music was regarded as dark or even unhealthy despite the melodical beauty of the themes.
- incantatory repeats with a powerful bass and put very forward, brass and MAGMA-esque voices (although lyrics are not in Kobaïan they are a kind of Zheul scat)
- polyrhythmicity in keyboard and guitar playing

For some people, WEIDORJE would be a follower to "Üdü Wüdü", Bernard Paganotti forming his band just after MAGMA released this album. First and only album released in 1978, "Weidorje", even if some new stuff was ready for a second album. But following difficulties to find a producer, WEIDORJE disbanded, although they were popular with the French audience. Initially constituted with three long tracks : "Elohim's Voyage", "Vilna" and "Booldemug" on the Ep released for Cobra, two new tracks "Rondeau" and "Kolinda" appeared on the CD reedition by Musea in 1992 (these two tracks were released live with a bad sound but the bass solo is wonderful, waving between jazz-fusion and Zheul accents).

The spirit of WEIDORJE will remain in the first solo albums of some of its members :
- Patrick Gauthier "Bébé Godzilla" (1981) : Christian Vander appears on one track
- PAGA (B. Paganotti) "Paga" (1985)
- J-P Goude "Drones" (1980)

As with most of productions by ex-MAGMA members, the music will be less Zheul-oriented and leanings rather towards jazz-rock, fusion or electronic music.

Weidorje's self-titled and only EP (now consisting of two live tracks, on the Musea CD reissue), released in 1978, is certainly a treat for Magma fans. Especially those who like Bernard Paganotti's bass playing and the Üdü Wüdü" (Jannick Top & Paganotti on bass) sound. Unlike many listeners and fans of Zeuhl music, I came across Weirdorje before Magma. However, I believe this album is much easier on the ears than some Magma albums, so it was indeed a good choice for me to begin my Zeuhl journey. The music is mostly instrumental and the voices that are present (supplied by Bernard Paganotti and Yvon Guillard) is mainly scat, so it leaves my ears free to listen to the wonderful music being played. The really exciting factor about Zeuhl is the fuzz-bass. Bernard Paganotti is a master of the style (along with Jannick Top and non-Zeuhl musician Hugh Hopper), so naturally when I first heard this album, I was immediately struck by the thumping bass. Of course, there is more to Weidorje than just the fuzz-bass, because another former Magma personality is present on this album in the name of Patrick Gauthier. He and Jean-Philippe Goude (both on keyboards) add some very dark and gloomy polyrhythmic sounds which add superb atmosphere and rhythm, as does Michel Ettori on guitar who plays along with Paganotti's bass lines in many places.

The opening track, Elohim's Voyage starts off, as one would suspect, with a crunching bass sound but soon Gauthier's keyboard adds a chilling touch. The main rhythmic charge then begins, with the aforementioned scat vocals, the slowly increasing heavier drumming and then the guitar. This assault continues on throughout the 16 minutes but with added surprises, such as Alain Guillard's avant-garde saxophone. Approaching the halfway mark, the band are in full flow and then everything slows down once more yet the track keeps together solidly. With four minutes to go, the tune reprises with trumpet and saxophone accompaniment. This reflects classic Magma but feels darker and more disturbing, and is a strong track to start precedings. Vilna is the strongest track of the album, beginning with a catchy keyboard riff that leads on until Paganotti's bass. Vilna is not as heavy as Elohim's Voyage, yet is just as catchy (if not more so), continuing on in true Zeuhl-style with a relentlessness of rhythmic sound. This is another difficult track to describe, so I shall leave it for the listener. Originally, the album would have finished with Booldemug, a softer track that reminds sometimes of Third era Soft Machine (though Hugh Hopper's bass never got this fuzzy!). This is jazzier than the previous tracks - bordering on jazz rock/fusion - featuring much more saxophone and guitar and is a welcome break from what has gone before, making the band sound more diverse than one would initially expect. It is also here that you realise how much the keyboards dominate Weidorje's sound without overwhelming the rest. Ettori also unleashes his guitar skills here, so listen out, as his playing is exceptional. As previously stated, French label Musea released Weidorje in 1992 with bonus tracks. Unfortunately the cuts here are aurally inferior to the studio ones heard previously. Thankfully, the music is just as great and proves they could perform live as well. Rondeau sounds ethnic and medieval in places, dominated by the keyboards. Due to the sound quality, the bass is not so strong in the mix but doesn't lessen the charm of this cut. Expect the same kind of catchiness as previous tracks just more sedated and laid-back, and listen out halfway through as there is some rather nice jazzy moments thanks to the trumpet and guitar. A studio version of this selection would have sounded marvelous, so it is a shame they never released another album. Kolinda mostly consists of an astounding bass solo by Bernard Paganotti. The track starts off with yet more memorable rhythms and when the solo begins, it often reminds quite a bit of the late Berry Oakley, Jr.'s (Allman Brothers' Band) playing style which when I first heard it, came as a very pleasant surprise.

Despite their use of catchy rhythms, Weidorje never get dull or boring, continuously and subtly changing things. The changes are often so subtle, you do not notice them. I have listened to the album many times and I always forget there is a trumpet and saxophone used as they are used scarcely, yet without them, the tracks would sound completely different. I have given this album a 5/5 (4.8) rating, even with the poorly recorded bonus tracks, because an album of this quality does not come about very often. This is a gem of a record and is still an essential release for those who have discovered Magma, or who want to discover Magma in the future and a great introductory level album if not always the easiest of listens.

Claude Engel - Teddy Lasry - Bernard Lubat - 1971 - More Creative Pop

Claude Engel ~ Teddy Lasry ~ Bernard Lubat
1971
More Creative Pop





01. Claude Engel - Freedom Fiesta (2:51)
02. Teddy Lasry - A Song For Leila (3:20)
03. Claude Engel - Bear's Walk (2:39)
04. Teddy Lasry - Happy Street (2:31)
05. Claude Engel - That Good Old Shuffle (2:12)
06. Teddy Lasry - Fiction Melody (2:21)
07. Bernard Lubat - Beat It Hard (2:21)
08. Claude Engel - Indian Reflexions (2:56)
09. Teddy Lasry - Yellow Mood (3:36)
10. Bernard Lubat - Dancing Penguins (2:34)
11. Claude Engel - West Coast Memories (2:23)
12. Bernard Lubat - Pop A Bossa (2:34)



This seriously fantastic library music LP intersperses cuts from early Magma members Teddy Lasry and Claude Engel alongside those of top notch jazz drummer Bernard Lubat (featured on the Laurent Petitgirard LP I posted a while back), who would himself shortly thereafter record a live album with Engel as part of the Lubat/Louiss/Engel group (soon to be posted here). As you'd expect, this being a library music album, none of what's contained here really qualifies as zeuhl, despite the pedigree. The back cover's description of the contents as "hard pop light" perhaps comes a bit closer, provided that you're definition of pop is Wolfgang Dauner's The Oimels or the soundtrack to Vampiros Lesbos. Yes, some of this is that groovily swinging, notably Engel's album opener "Freedom Fiesta". Engel also turns in two other exquisite bits here, both in a sort of poignant Alain Markusfeld cum Total Issue psych mode that's really rib-sticking. Other stellar turns here include the doomy Besombes-like acid rock blowout of Teddy Lasry's "Fiction Melody" that closes out side A and two of Lubat's cuts ("Beat It Hard" and "Dancing Penguins") which traffic in a species of jazz rock grooviness that wouldn't be out of place on one of Roberto Colombo's albums. An essential missing piece of the puzzle for this wing of the French 70's underground.

Zabu - 1972 - My Coffin's Ready

Zabu 
1972 
My Coffin's Ready



01. Yellow Girl     3:58
02. Doctor Moonshine     3:42
03. Coffin's Ready     8:27
04. Subversion Blues     5:26
05. Informer Blues     4:10
06. Silent Angel     5:10
07. Ice-Pick Blues     1:39

Backing Vocals – Serge Grünberg* (tracks: 1, 5)
Bass – Edouard Magnani (tracks: 1, 2, 3), Richard Siltich (tracks: 6, 7)
Drums – B.B. Brutus (tracks: 7), Christian Vander (tracks: 6), Michel Santangelli* (tracks: 1, 2, 3, 5)
Electric Piano – Lahouari Benne Djadi (tracks: 2, 4)
Flute, Voice [Roars Of Laughter] – Eric Langeberteaux (tracks: 4)
Guitar [Lead & Rhythm], Bells – Dominique Frideloux
Guitar [Lead, Slide, Rhythm] – Marc Perru (tracks: 1, 2, 5, 6)
Lead Vocals – Zabu*
Organ – Teddy Lasry (tracks: 6)
Piano – Francis Moze (tracks: 5)
Rhythm Guitar – Zabu* (tracks: 3, 7)
Saxophone – Jeff Seffer (tracks: 5, 6), Teddy Lasry (tracks: 5)

Producer – Laurent Thibault



 I have just come across this fine French blues album – though you wouldn’t know it’s French – performed by Lucien Zabuski who used to be the vocalist for Magma, though I think he left before their first release. Not sure; still learning.

For the vocal think Edgar Broughton and you’d have a perfect reference point for the sound in its growl and emotion. The songs are basically a rock blues with some soulful singing, but also generic rather than original – not that this matters at all because that is what you should expect and want if listening to this: and Zabu’s vocal is superb in that style already noted.

Track five Silent Angel is a delightful exception, a jazz number enlivened by the saxophone playing and Zabu’s more expressive vocal, here sounding like Roger Chapman. The French band is excellent [and if you want the full cast list, check it out here], but it is the sax soloing that plays wonderfully off the voice, though I’m not sure if the lead is Teddy Lasry or Yochk’o Seffer [and there is a Laurent Grangier who plays too], and I like the guitar work woven amongst the saxophone, presumably played by Dominique Frideloux.

Sixth Subversion Blues is another song sticking its head above the rest, a gothic/horror riff [you just recognise it, don’t you?] and the manic shrieks and ringing bell add a further sense of menace – a song that really must be used is any one of the zombie films/series so popular at the moment: The Waking Dead meets Zabu.

The album closes on a punk amalgam of country and rock, Yellow Girl, the opening bluegrass fiddle disappearing as a sound as quickly as it has started. What a tease.


Francis Moze - 1982 - Naissance

Francis Moze
1982
Naissance



01. Jocelyn
02. Sophia    
03. Chanson Pour Les Enfants    
04. Mort D'un Homme
05. Naissance    
06. Attention    

Bass Guitar [Fretless],Piano, Clavinet Composed By – Francis Moze
Drums – Marc Hazon
Guitar – Marc Ducret
Percussion – Max Façon
Piano, Synthesizer – Andy Emler



Francis Moze is one of many ex-Magma alumni to have pursued a short career in the fusion field. Perhaps the most overt of these attempts was the collaboration of Lockwood, Top, Vander & Widemann, and their 1981 album so subtlety entitled "Fusion". It's not overly surprising, given that Magma were at heart a jazz group right from the beginning. However by the time of "Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandoh", the band had become so creative, it spawned an entire music movement that still survives today: Zeuhl.

Moze was a veteran of the early Magma lineups, and later turned up on a couple of the more fusion oriented Gong ensembles. Thus his one sole album flew under the radar, unlike his bass playing brethren such as Paganotti and Top. The album really gains momentum as it goes. Personally I'm a big fan of the McCoy Tyner styled staccato piano, and Moze's band utilizes this technique to great effect, propelling the music forward at an exciting rate. Very nice record from perhaps a surprising source.

Laurent Thibault - 1979 - Mais On Ne Peut Pas Rever Tout Les Temps

Laurent Thibault 
1979
Mais On Ne Peut Pas Rever Tout Les Temps



01. Oree - 11:30
02. Aquadingen - 4:25
03. La Caravane De L'Oubli - 7:07
04. Mais On Ne Peut Pas Rêver Tout Le Temps - 8:19

Laurent Thibault / bass, guitars, vocals, sound effects, mixing;
Francis Moze / fretless bass;
Dominique Bouvier / drums;
Jacqueline Thibault / keyboards;
Serge Derrien / vocals, flute;
Lisa Bois / vocals;
Amanda Parsons / soprano vocal;
David Rose / violins;
Richard Raux / reita (Indian flute), tenor sax;
Guy Renaudin / soprano sax



After producing MAGMA's "Attahk" album Laurent Thibault decided to make his own solo album. He got help from Lisa Bois who sang on the MAGMA album he had just produced, as well as former MAGMA members Francis Moze and Richard Raux. Interesting that Laurent was the original bass player for MAGMA prior to their first album release, and was replaced on bass by Francis Moze. Lionel Ledissez helps on vocal melodies, he was the singer for ERGO SUM who were the first band Laurent signed to his then record label. Interesting that Lionel helped out on vocals with UNIVERSIA ZEKT who also put out an album on Laurent's label back then. That band of course was pretty much MAGMA under a different name in order that they could release on Laurent's label(see my review for that album for full explanation). Amanda Parsons lends her beautiful vocal melodies to the first track. She of course sang with HATFIELD AND THE NORTH and NATIONAL HEALTH. Laurent met her through Francis Moze who in turn had met her in the UK when he was with GONG. The music itself does not have an obvious Zeuhl flavour, but we do get a taste of it along with Arabic, Indian, African, Folk and Jazz all blended together. I have to say that the music here far surpassed my expectations.

"Oree" opens with a pastoral setting as gentle guitar and Amanda's soprano vocal melodies create paradise for the ears. Cymbals then light drums and keys are added to the melody. Laurent's wife Jacqueline plays the keys. Lisa adds her vocal melodies to Amandas' and violin comes in. Flute after 5 minutes. The tempo picks up a minute later with drums outfront. This is a beautiful passage. Lionel, Amanda and Lisa sing together in this Indian inspired passage that follows. The bass is fat and the music is uptempo. Suddenly it calms right down to the original melody with flute, gentle guitar, keys and violin all eventually taking part. Liquid keys after 10 minutes. The song ends with Laurent's 8 year old daughter playing a toy piano(can you say dissonant). That was actually the same toy piano David Bowie played on the original version of "China Girl" by IGGY POP on his "The Idiot" album that was recorded at Laurent's studio.

"Aquadingen" starts so calmly and builds with drums and bass leading the way. A full sound 2 minutes in with crazy vocals from Serge Derrien. It settles back down a minute later as we get sax, odd metered drumming, violin and animal sounds. This sounds amazing by the way. "La Caravane De L'Oubli" has a strong Arabic flavour. It opens with a catchy melody with drums leading the way. The sound is building until we get female vocals taken from a religious record of Laurent's of a muezzin calling for evening prayer. "Mais On Ne Peut Pas Tout Le Temps" opens with a dark mood as drums beat away. It calms down as female vocal melodies and the sound of water can be heard. Children are heard playing before the pace picks up. Check out the fretless bass of Moze ! Drums lead the way as the dark mood returns with vocal melodies. Sax comes in as the melody temporarily stops then returns just as fast. Derrien comes in yelling and laughing as that fantastic dark melody continues. Incredible song. The first and the last songs are truly genius.

This is a spellbinding release that I can't say enough good things about. A must have.


Stella Vander - 2004 - Le Coeur Allant Vers

Stella Vander 
2004
Le Coeur Allant Vers




01. L'Or, Le Safran
02. Cavatina
03. Follement Doux
04. Le Coeur A L'Envers
05. La Fée Aux Chansons
06. Vigne Vierge D'Automne
07. Après Un Rêve
08. Il N'y A Plus D'amandes
09. Blackbird
10. La Révolte Des Joujoux
11. Tanguement
12. God Give Me Strength
13. Ondes

Accordion – Viviane Arnoux (tracks: 3)
Bass Clarinet – Yves Gourhand (tracks: 4, 6, 7)
Bassoon – Marie Gondot (tracks: 4, 6, 7)
Cello – Marc Latarjet (tracks: 4, 6, 7), Valentine Duteil (tracks: 1, 3)
Clarinet – Philippe Leloup (tracks: 1, 4, 6, 7)
Contrabass – Yves Torchinsky (tracks: 4, 6, 7)
Flute – Denis Barbier (tracks: 4, 6, 7)
Guitar – Alex Ferrand (tracks: 1, 8), Didier Guegdes (tracks: 3), James Mac Gaw (tracks: 1, 8)
Oboe – Philippe Grovaugel (tracks: 1, 4, 6, 7)
Percussion – Christian Vander (tracks: 13), Stella* (tracks: 13)
 Piano – Michel Graillier (tracks: 10), Sophia Domancich (tracks: 5, 11)
Piano [Fender] – Frédéric D'Oelsnitz* (tracks: 1, 9, 13)
Piano, Piano [Fender] – Simon Goubert (tracks: 2, 12)
Recorded By, Mixed By – Francis Linon
Violin – Didier Lockwood (tracks: 1), Florence Roussin (tracks: 4, 6, 7)
Vocals – Stella*

Notes
Enregistré et mixé par Francis Linon à EX studio entre avril 2003 et mai 2004.
"La Révolte Des Joujoux" enregistré le 14 septembre 1994.
Mastering Francis Linon

Stella Vander - 2002 - D'Epreuves D'Amour

Stella Vander
2002
D'Epreuves D'Amour





01. J'ai vu le roi 3:42
02. La nuit du chasseur 1:58
03. Ma seule enfant 4:57
04. Ronde de nuit 8:27
05. Hello 11:22
06. I Have a Love 2:57
07. Anahë 8:05
08. Colors of the Rainbow 4:05
09. Nature Boy 2:50
10. Innocent 2:45

Stella VANDER: vocals, backing vocals, arrangements, flute
Pierre-Michel SIVADIER: keyboards, arrangements, Fender Rhodes, piano, backing vocals
Emmanuel BORGHI: keyboards, piano
Christian VANDER: piano, keyboards, arrangments, percussions
Julie VANDER: backing vocals, percussions
Isabelle FEUILLEBOIS: vocals, percussions
Alex FERRAND: saxophone, backing vocals
OGUN: percussions
Philippe BUSSONNET: percussions



"D'ÉPREUVES D'AMOUR" is an album of pure poetry, innocence, light charm and reserve which appeals to the child within each of us. It is a magic and unqiue work. Accompanied by Christian VANDER and the musicians from OFFERING, Stella sings, in her evanescent and innocent voice, with its aura of secret melancholy, melodies which ring like the echo of a distant chiming bell. A beautiful, moving and spellbinding album.

Eclectic (she sings in French, English ... and Kobaian, songs by Christian Vander, Sondheim, Lonnie Liston Smith ...), dreamy (lot of echo), on arrangements dominated by keyboards. A complete artist, Stella Vander also conceived the elegant packaging (inspired by the style of a famous French publishing house).

Vander Top Blasquiz Garber - 1993 - Sons Document 1973

Vander-Top-Blasquiz-Garber
1993
Sons Document 1973





01. 'Nënèh (Këhr)

 Voice, Percussion – Klaus Blasquiz
Voice, Percussion, Bass Clarinet – René Garber "Stundehr"*
Voice, Percussion, Drums – Christian Vander
Voice, Percussion, Organ – Jannik Top


Improvised music, mix of free-jazz, musique concrète, modern classical and everything you can think of. I thought it would be noisy, but it is not, it is mostly ambient and psychedelic.

Welcome - 1996 - Bienvenue

Christian Vander & Simon Goubert (Welcome)
1996
Bienvenue




01. Dear Mac    
02. Tensions        
03. Reverend King        
04. Anahe "Rayon De Lune"        

Arranged By – Christian Vander (tracks: 2,3,4), Simon Goubert
Composed By – Christian Vander (tracks: 4), Emmanuel Borghi (tracks: 2), John Coltrane (tracks: 3), Michel Graillier (tracks: 1)

Double Bass – Michel Zenino, Philippe Dardelle
Drums – Christian Vander, Simon Goubert
Electric Piano – Michel Graillier
Piano – Emmanuel Borghi
Saxophone – Jean-Michel Couchet, Yannick Rieu



SIMON GOUBERT

Born in Rennes in 1960 he began studying the piano at the age of 3. He discovered the drums on the 4th February 1970, when Kenny Clarke played a concert in his home town.
He studied percussion, first at the Conservatory in Rennes, then, from the beginning of 1976 with Sylvio GUALDA at the Conservatory in VERSAILLES. He studied harmony, and won his spurs as a percussionist playing with ORTF's l'Ensemble Polyphonique, conducted by Charles RAVIER.
However he also spent his nights in jazz clubs, notably RIVERBOP, where he was able to sit in, thanks to Aldo ROMANO, Jacques THOLLOT, Bernard LUBAT and Christian VANDER.
In 1979 - 80 he played in the quartet lead by guitarist Philip PETIT, along with Emmanuel BEX and Dominique LEMERLE.
In 1981 he formed his first group, with Dominique LEMERLE and Eric BARRET. The year following, he founded, along with Arrigo LORENZI and the pianist Jean Claude LUBIN, the group SPIRAL, which played in the pure Coltrane tradition. Between 1982 and 1987 he also played keyboards in Christian VANDER's OFFERING, which he rejoined in 1992, to work with Les Voix de MAGMA.
With his growing reputation he was often called to accompany such notables as Steve GROSSMAN, Michel GRAILLIER, Alby CULLAZ, Francis LOCKWOOD, Kim PARKER, Sonny FORTUNE, Andy LAVERNE, René URTREGER, Alain JEAN-MARIE, Michel BENITA, Rick MARGITZA, Christian ESCOUDE, Riccardo DEL FRA, Dave LIEBMAN, Harold DANKO, Joackim KUHN, Eric LE LANN, Jean François JENNY CLARKE...
In 1987 Simon GOUBERT formed a sextet, which he reduced to a quintet in 1989.
In 1991 he recorded his first album "Haïti" with: Jean Michel COUCHET, Laurent FICKELSON, Stéphane PERSIANI, and as guest star, Steve GROSSMAN.
He brought out his second album, Couleurs de peaux, in 1993. On 17th November 1995 he released his third album, L'Encierro.
Since 1994 Christian VANDER and Simon GOUBERT have co-directed WELCOME, with a line-up comprised of two drummers, two double bass players, two saxophonists and piano. An album by this group has been released under the title Bienvenue


Welcome is a project led by Simon Goubert and Christian Vander.

This is an album of thrashing frenzy and gut-wrenching power. Sixty minutes of boiling lava which will leave you dazed, haggard and astounded. It is a long time since Christian VANDER and Simon GOUBERT orbited the sun. That sun is John COLTRANE. Coltrane the sorcerer, Coltrane the magus, Coltrane, who gets into your blood like a blast of pure oxygen. As a result of orbiting the sun, they have become the sun itself!

Lockwood Top Vander Widemann - 1981 - Fusion

Lockwood-Top-Vander-Widemann
1981 
Fusion



01. GHK Go To Miles     23:56
02. Overdrive     4:58
03. 767 ZX     6:47
04. Reliefs     8:12

Christian Vander / drums
Didier Lockwood / violin
Benoit Widemann / keyboards
Jannick Top / bass



Well, this is a Magma album that won't openly say it for a few reasons, namely because it's instrumental, and sometimes wanders away from the Zeuhl genre? But make no mistakes, all four participants were at one time or another in Magma, and most likely simultaneously together in the late 70's. That was a few years before this album's release in 81, though. Yup, Jannik's instantly recognizable bass thumps, Christian's distinctive skin banging instantly reminds you of the Kobaian bunch, and Benoit's Rhodes and assorted Kb reinforces the déjà-entendu feeling. Of course, the main difference is that this is only a quartet, and it's without the typical Kobaian Orff-ian choirs.

The album opens on the 24-mins sidelong epic "GHK Go To Miles" (Davis??), a very moody piece that oscillates between very calm piano to wild fusion, while remaining typically Zeuhl at all times, but that doesn't go without some typical flaws: Vander's drums are often too present in the calmer moments. There is a brief Bolero moment around the 20-mins mark as well. The shorter flipside features three tracks, starting with its Harley Davidsonian-opening Overdrive (I can tell you that it's rather panicking when you're driving), a 100 MPH piece that has Jannick blowing all four cylinders (uh, I mean bass strings ;o)))) down the highway. The quieter (at first) 7-mins 767 ZX pieces features more Lockwood than all that had gone on beforehand in the album. The album closing slow-starting Reliefs (in French it, means hilly landscapes or sculptural elements or even meal leftovers) slowly climbs up the heavy slopes and even gets quite riffy, but the middle section suddenly drops intensity, tries to capture back the old momentum, but has to find another goat trail, to end up some place else

Does Didier have a presceance as to why this album bears his name (outside the obvious alphabetical order) or why it's classified under his name? I can't really say that his presence is determinant and that he's a bigger cylinder than his other three team mates. Nevertheless, the album is certainly worth a good investigation for Magma aficionados, but it's relatively unrepresentative of Lockwood's solo output. BTW, I've seen this album with a very different grey, yellow and blue tyre imprint artwork as well.

Offering - 2014 - Concert Triton 2013

Offering 
2014
Concert Triton 2013




101. Offering
102. Joïa
103. Tilim m'dohm
104. Love in the darkness
105. Auroville (Michel Graillier)

201. La nuit du chasseur (Walter Schumann)
202. Les vagues (Simon Goubert)
203. Another day (part 1)
204. Le temps a passé (Simon Goubert)
205. Another day (part 2)
206. An Bara Wa (Pierre Marcault)
207. Ehn deïss

Christian Vander : chant, batterie
Stella Vander : chant, percussions, flûte
Isabelle Feuillebois : chant, percussions
Hervé Aknin : chant, percussions
Frédéric d'Oelsnitz : piano, Fender Rhodes, clavier, percussions
Tony Paeleman : piano, Fender Rhodes, clavier, percussions
Jean-Marc Jafet : basse, percussions
Philippe Gleizes : batterie
Pierre Marcault : Maître percussions



In 1983, motivated by a strong artistic desire to return to his roots in the 'Coltrane' sound, Christian Vander created the ensemble "Offering", focused on vocals, keyboards and percussion. More experimental, leaving much more space for improvisation, this group allowed the musicians to explore new avenues. Thirty years have flown by, removing Offering from the sight and hearing of younger generations. Now they also can benefit from this wonderful "gift" that was "Offering", Christian Vander and his musicians having decided to celebrate this anniversary by recreating the music with the same enthusiasm of the original. This initiative will delight all fans of the MAGMA experience, regardless of their age. Open your ears, Offering is back! ...