La Chasse De Shirah Sharibad
02. Pain Et Poupées 3:41
03. Jorda 9:11
04. Telie 8:50
Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Piccolo Flute, Bells – Maurice Merle
Contrabass, Vocals – Jean Bolcato
Gong [Gongs], Drums – Christian Rollet
Piano – Patrick Vollat
Soprano Saxophone, Bass Clarinet – Louis Sclavis
Recorded 09/75 at Studio Diagram, Lyon
A fantastic record by a little-known French group of the 70s – a quintet that grew out of the Free Jazz Workshop in Lyon, and which featured a relatively similar lineup – but with the inclusion of a young Louis Sclavis on soprano sax and bass clarinet! We know (and love) the Sclavis recordings from the 80s, but this is perhaps the earliest we've heard him perform – and his sensitivity is a perfect match for the freewheeling energy of the rest of the group
In France, in the years 1960-1970, musicians pondered over how to transpose the political struggle of free jazz onto a completely different political terrain. One of the first to do so was pianist François Tusques (agitator, theorist and militant) who recorded Free Jazz, and then continued with Le Nouveau Jazz, French equivalents to the American New Thing. The word spread, and was picked up by the Free Jazz Workshop which became the Workshop de Lyon in 1975 with the arrival of clarinetist-saxophonist Louis Sclavis.
Still a source of joy, this lyrically feverish second album maintains a narrative dimension however subtle the textures developed through the contrasting collective improvisations. With their ever-inventive melodicism, the Workshop de Lyon invent an imaginary folklore on this album which is unlike any other. It is a knowing mix of the avant-garde and the traditional, collective playing vying, with panache and complexity, with the inspired urgency of the soloists. Even without filmed images the theatricality and humour of the group's live performances, essential components of their identity, can be felt during the long thematic suites which are both expressive and full of joy.
What better way to honour their imaginary mentors, Albert Ayler or the Art Ensemble of Chicago! More, More!