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Souffle Continu

Malagasy / Gilson - Malagasy

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  • The sound of Paris and Madagascar on a steaming hot evening, the sense that revolt is in the air, the passion of two cultures intertwining, the rawness of the recording and the silkiness of the delicate remaster. This record in a phenomenon, it is a picture in sound and it captures the spirit of the late sixties / early seventies with ease. we'll let Souffle Continu take the rest from here......

    Paris, May 13th 1968. There was a general strike. One last plane left the runway, strewn with flaming oil drums. On board were three jazz musicians wondering whether they would be able to return home one day. But for the time being they really want to make it to Madagascar where concerts and workshops with young local musicians were waiting for them. Pianist and bandleader Jef Gilson was accompanied by his bassist Gilbert "Bibi" Rovère (Martial Solal Trio) and the young drummer Lionel Magal (Crium Delirium). Gilson, who already had a reputation for finding new talent (it was thanks to him that, amongst others Jean-Louis Chautemps, Henri Texier, Jean-Luc Ponty or Michel Portal first became known) was literally blown away by the standard of the young Malagasy musicians, all capable of imitating their American idols by ear. Their names were known only to jazz fans on the island; Serge, Allain and Georges Rahoerson, Arnaud Razafy, Roland de Comarmond, Joel Rakotomamonjy, Alain Razafinohatra, Samuel Ramiara... Gilson then had a vision: he wanted to encourage them to play jazz which was truly Malagasy and which would find its’ soul in the island’s culture and traditional instruments (Sodina flute, valiha, various percussion instruments...). 

    Label: Souffle Continu

    Cat No: FFL066

    Format: 180g 12" Vinyl LP w/ Booklet (Reissue)

    Genre: Jazz / Contemporary Jazz

    Released: 7th July 2021


    A1. A Tana

    A2. Avaradoha

    A3. Chant Inca

    A4. Sodina

    B1. The Creator Has a Masterplan

    B2. Malagasy