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New Art Ensemble Of ChicagoGreat Black Music – Message To Our Folks (180 gram pressing) ... LP
BYG/Actuel, 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $11.99
A the time they were taking Paris by storm, the Art Ensemble recorded this brilliant message to folks everywhere – one of their best early albums, and a landmark in Chicago avant garde jazz! The record features the group at their best – playing very tightly, but also with a sense of whimsy and imagination. Side two features the extended track "A Brain For The Seine", a real classic by the band – and side one features versions of "Dexterity" and "Old Time Religion", plus the Roscoe Mitchell composition "Rock Out". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Art Ensemble Of ChicagoGreat Black Music – Reese & The Smooth Ones (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
BYG/Actuel, 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $11.99
Beautiful work from the Art Ensemble – and one of their undisputed classics! The record features some of the most perfectly realized moments the band ever cut to wax, with a blend of whimsical multi-instrumental improvisation, and a strong sense of the spiritual tradition in jazz. The album features one long piece – "Reese & The Smooth Ones" – and it's a stunning array of spontanteous instrumentation, with a jagged sound that never stops reinventing itself! LP, Vinyl record album

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New Don CherryMu First Part (180 gram pressing) ... LP
BYG/Actuel, 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $12.99
Don Cherry really breaks out here on his classic Mu sessions from France – using the new freedoms of post-68 Paris to explore themes at a level that would set the tone for generations to come! The album's very spare, and very improvised – with Cherry on pocket trumpet, piano, and wooden flute – plus a bit of percussion too – alongside drummer Ed Blackwell, who's equally unbridled – showing a huge evolution since the time both he and Don spent in the group of Ornette Coleman! There's a few echoes of the global elements that Cherry would later embrace more strongly in the 70s – but the core energy here is mostly improvised jazz, handled at a level that really makes a lot better use of the freedom than some of Don's contemporaries. First part of the sessions feature the tracks "Total Vibration", "Sun Of The East", "Brilliant Action", and "Terrestrial Beings". LP, Vinyl record album

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Don CherryMu Second Part ... LP
BYG/Actuel, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Don Cherry really breaks out here on his classic Mu sessions from France – using the new freedoms of post-68 Paris to explore themes at a level that would set the tone for generations to come! The album's very spare, and very improvised – with Cherry on pocket trumpet, piano, and wooden flute – plus a bit of percussion too – alongside drummer Ed Blackwell, who's equally unbridled – showing a huge evolution since the time both he and Don spent in the group of Ornette Coleman! There's a few echoes of the global elements that Cherry would later embrace more strongly in the 70s – but the core energy here is mostly improvised jazz, handled at a level that really makes a lot better use of the freedom than some of Don's contemporaries. Titles on this second part include "Bamboo Night", "The Mysticism Of My Sound", "Psycho Drama", "Smiling Faces Going Places", "Teo Teo Can", and "Dollar Brand/Spontaneous Composing/Exert Man On The Moon". LP, Vinyl record album

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Burton Greene EnsembleAquariana ... LP
BYG/Actuel (France), 1969. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $19.99
One of the more obscure sessions on BYG/Actuel – recorded in the heyday of 1969, with a free spirit and a transatlantic sense of energy from the mixture of French players and American expatriots. Burton Greene leads the group on piano, and the other players include Arthur Jones, Jacques Coursil, and Beb Guerin. Side one's a long extended "Aquarius Suite", and side two includes "From Out Of Bartok" and "Two One Two Vibrations". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing.)

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New Steve LacyMoon ... LP
BYG/Actuel (France), 1969. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $19.99
A seminal early work in Lacy's European career! The album was recorded in Rome in 1969 – one of the few BYG albums not to be done in Paris – and it features Lacy in a grup with cello by Irene Aebi (one of her first appearances on record with him!), plus drumming by Jacques Thollot, clarinet by Claudio Volonte, and trombone by Italo Toni. The record follows up in the spirit of The Forest & The Zoo – but also points the way more towards the Lacy sound of the 70s. Tracks include "Hit", "Note", "Laugh", and "The Breath". LP, Vinyl record album
(Italian Get Back pressing.)

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Michel PuigStigmates – Dirige Par Rene Leibowitz ... LP
BYG/Actuel (France), Late 60s. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $19.99
A compelling "chamber opera" of sorts by Michel Puig – performed by a group of instrumentalists and vocalists led by Rene Leibowitz. The chamber tag is apt, as the peformance is very spare and intimate – and feels more like the kind of avant jazz of the late 60s European underground than it does a stale overly academic work. A lot nicer than you'd expect, and with the kind of soul that you'd find on the best BYG sets at the time. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole and some light wrinkling – but is nice overall.)

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Archie SheppYasmina, A Black Woman (180 gram pressing) ... LP
BYG/Actuel, 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $11.99
Archie Shepp at his spiritual best – recording in Paris in 1969, and absorbing a heck of a lot of pan-African influences! The centerpiece of the album is the amazing "Yasmina" – a long track that builds with passion and fire, pulsing with an intensity that you'd expect more from Pharoah Sanders than Shepp himself. Next up is "Sonny's Back", a wonderful straight jazz groover with Archie and Hank Mobley on twin tenors upfront – making a rare and memorable recorded appearance together! The set's capped off by a mellow version of "Body & Soul", one that points towards the more soulful side of Shepp's work in the 70s. LP, Vinyl record album

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Archie Shepp & The Full Moon EnsembleLive In Antibes Vol 1 ... LP
Actuel (France), 1970. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $24.99
A seminal live set from tenorist Archie Shepp – and some of his freest, least-structured material ever! Shepp's still a righteous force here on his horn, but there also seems to be equal emphasis on the contributions of all members of the group – woven together in a really rich tapestry of sound, but with less of the structuring righteous concepts of some of Archie's other work – especially his sides for Impulse. Shepp had really been experiencing some new freedoms on the French scene of the late 60s – even more so than in the US avant outfield – and you can definitely hear him taking flight here, with a like-minded group of players that includes Clifford Thornton on trombone and shenai, Alan Shorter on flugelhorn, Joseph Dujean on guitar, Beb Guerin on bass, and Claud Delcloo on drums. This first part of the live set features one long track – "The Early Bird" – a slow building number that goes increasingly outside as it progresses, featuring some very over the top solo work from Shepp, who also plays a bit of piano on the set! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing! Vinyl is great. Cover has a small mark from an old sticker in one corner, but is otherwise nice.)

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New Areski & Brigitte FontaineL'Incendie ... CD
BYG/Actuel/Spalax (France), Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great work by the team of Brigitte Fontaine and Areski Belcam – two of the most enigmatic talents you'll ever hear on record! The album's the only one they ever recorded that wasn't issued by the Saravah label – and it's a fantastic blend of otherworldly vocals with spare instrumentation that includes electric piano, flute, bandoneon, and percussion – wrapped together wonderfully with a haunting sound that's just amazing. Even if you don't understand French, the sound and style of the voices are more than enough to keep you captivated – and the album is some of the most indescribably beautiful music we can think of! Titles include "Le Borgais", "L'Abeille", "Les Petites Madones", "Le 6 Septembre", and "Ragilia". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Sun RaSolar-Myth Approach Vol 1 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
BYG/Actuel, 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Very dark stuff from Sun Ra – one of his records that received wider circulation than most of the Saturn releases of the 70s, and a set that maintains a pretty sharp edge overall! Ra plays some killer keyboards – moog, spacemaster, and acoustic piano – often with these really eerie tones – and other players include Kwame Hadi on trumpet, Akh Tal Ebah on space dimension mellophone, Ali Hassan on trombone, Marshal Allen and Danny Davis on alto and flute, John Gilmore on tenor, and Pat Patrick on baritone – and the whole group vocalizes at points, joined by other singers who include June Tyson and Art Jenkins. Recorded at the Sun studios in New York in 1970, the album features a number of shorter tracks like "Spectrum", "The Satellites Are Spinning", "Seen III, Took 4", "Adventures Of Bugs Hunter", and the longer tracks "Legend" and "The Realm Of Lightning". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Grachan Moncur IIIAco Dei De Madrugada (One Morning I Woke Up Very Early) ... LP
BYG/Actuel, 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Essential stuff – and one of a few albums recorded for BYG/Actual by trombonist Grachan Moncur III – some of his best work after his initial classics for Blue Note! The album features Moncur fronting a European rhythm section – performing one side of interpretations of Brazilian folk tunes: "Aco Dei De Madrugada" and "Ponte Lo"; and another of two originals: "Osmosis" and "Tiny Temper". Anyone familiar with Moncur's style can't help but appreciate his coloristic slides and slurs, or his marvelous textural splashes of tone, or his individual phrasing, shaped more by his unique vision than any standard trombone slide or valve brass tradition. While his wonderful Blue Note sides were very modernist, these BYG sessions find Moncur at his most expansive – more groundbreaking work from one of our favorite "new thing" artists! LP, Vinyl record album

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New Sun RaSolar-Myth Approach Vol 2 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
BYG/Actuel, 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The 2nd volume of the Solar-Myth sessions! Recorded in New York in 1970, with an Arkestra that includes Kwame Hadi, Ali Hassan, Danny Davis, John Gilmore, and Clifford Jarvis – and instrumentation that includes moog, space dimension mellophone, ancient Egyptian Infinity drum, and lots of other weird percussion instruments. Longer titles are "The Utter Nots", "Scene 1, Take 1", and "Strange Worlds", and the whole thing's packaged in a glossy gatefold cover, with good photos of the band, and a good cover shot of Ra wearing cool goofy glasses! LP, Vinyl record album

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New Alan Silva & Celestrial Communication OrchestraLuna Surface (180 gram pressing) ... LP
BYG/Actuel, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Silva leads his Celestrial Communication Orchestra, one of the best of the loose collectives playing around the Paris scene of the 1969/1970 era – and a group that includes Grachan Moncur III, Archie Shepp, Anthony Braxton, Malachi Favors, Dave Burrell, and Bernard Vitet. The group was one of the most successful meetings of the French and African-American avant gardes, as you'll hear on the album's one long track, "Luna Surface". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Art Ensemble Of ChicagoGreat Black Music – Jackson In Your House (180 gram pressing) ... LP
BYG/Actuel, 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the Art Ensemble Of Chicago's all-time classics! If you've ever bought an Art Ensemble album and said "Hmm, what's all the fuss about?", get this one. It'll change your mind. The band is in perfect form – and hits an incredible blend of free thinking modernism and soulful soloing, peppered with a healthy dose of humor. The tracks are shortish, and very tight – and titles include "Jackson In Your House", "Song For Charles", "The Waltz", and "Get In Line". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Sunny MurraySunshine (180 gram pressing) ... LP
BYG/Actuel, 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the most ambitious albums that Sunny Murray ever recorded – a set of large ideas and long explorations – performed here by a group of all-star avant players from the time! Murray's vision is wonderful here – even bolder and more expressive than on his work for ESP – and realized by a mighty lineup of players that includes Lester Bowie on trumpet, Arthur Jones and Roscoe Mitchell on alto saxes, Archie Shepp and Kenneth Terrode on tenors, Dave Burrell on piano, and Alan Silva and Malachi Favors on bass! The strong influence of the AACM can definitely be felt on the set – but Murray's presence really changes things up – taking the mood in a different direction than heard on the BYG albums that Mitchell, Bowie, and Favors recorded with the Art Ensemble. Side one features the extended "Flower Trane", and side two contains "Real" and "Red Cross". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Sunny MurrayEven Break (Never Give A Sucker) (Affinity) ... LP
BYG/Affinity (UK), 1969. Near Mint- ... $9.99
One of the best-ever BYG/Actuel sessions, and one that has the unlikely pairing of east coast avant players Sonny Murray and Byard Lancaster with Art Ensemble bassist Malachi Favors. Murray plays drums, and reads a bit of poetry, while the band wails behind him in powerful turgid lines of hard free jazz. 4 long tracks – "Invisible Blues", "Complete Affection", "Giblets – Part 12", and "An Even Break". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small peeled spot on the back.)

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New Sunny MurraySunshine/An Even Break (Never Give A Sucker) ... CD
BYG/Fuel 2000, 1969. Used ... Just Sold Out!
2 of Sunny Murray's classic sides for the BYG label, on one CD! Sunshine is one of Sunny's rarest from the time – and a full-on session that features Lester Bowie, Arthur Jones, Roscoe Mitchell, Archie Shepp, Kenneth Terroade, Dave Burrell, and Malachi Favors. The large group wails mightily, with a spiritual edge that's a bridge between Murray's New York avant roots and some of the late 60s work of the AACM. Side one features the extended "Flower Trane", and side two contains "Real" and "Red Cross". Even Break is one of the best-ever BYG/Actuel sessions, and one that has the unlikely pairing of east coast avant players Sonny Murray and Byard Lancaster, with Art Ensemble Of Chicago bassist Malachi Favors! Murray plays drums, and reads a bit of poetry, while the band wails behind him in powerful turgid lines of hard free jazz that represent all there is to say about the freedom of the Paris jazz scene in 1969. 4 long tracks – "Invisible Blues", "Complete Affection", "Giblets – Part 12", and "An Even Break". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Gilles Peterson & Stuart BakerFreedom, Rhythm, & Sound – Revolutionary Jazz Cover Art 1960 to 1978 ... Book
Soul Jazz (UK), 2009. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An incredible collection of revolutionary jazz album cover art from the 60s & 70s – bold, vivid and unforgettable art for bold, vivid and unforgettable jazz – compiled and edited by Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker! It's a snapshot of an era in jazz music when cultural and stylistic boundaries were besting wide open – and many of the ones documented are the holy grails of the era – pressed in small quantities and firing up the rare crate diggers since! Iconic art for labels such asa BYG/Actuel, Strata East, Nimbus, ESP and many more, and artists including Sun Ra, Phil Cohran, Pharoah Sanders, Prince Lasha, Hannibal Marvin Peterson, and Marcus Belgrave to name just a few. Gilles Peterson, Stuart Baker and Soul Jazz have done an exceptionally great job with the notes and text, too – much better than other books of its kind! Heavy duty, large format hardcover, to give you true-to-life-size cover art – as it was meant to be seen! 179 pages. Book

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New Jacques Coursil & Alan SilvaFree Jazz Art – Sessions For Bill Dixon ... CD
Rogue Art (France), 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Two giants from the glory days of the BYG/Actuel avant scene in France – working perfectly here on a contemporary set of duets! We haven't heard from Jacques Coursil in a while, but his trumpet work here is really stunning – both in the inventive spirit of Bill Dixon, to whom the record is dedicated – but also flowing with this creative approach to tone and phrasing that goes way beyond Coursil's earlier work – played with a real sense of thoughtful maturity, which turns out to be a perfect match for the equally brilliant bass work of Alan Silva! The record is easily one of the most spiritual moments we've heard from either player – and the kind of record that makes us wish we'd been keeping better tabs on them in recent years – definitely a set to have us start loving both of them all over again. Titles include "An Evening & A Night At The Annex Bar", "Brooklyn Bridge The River The Metal & The Wind", and "Bennington New York Round Trip". CD

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New Sun Ra & His Solar-Myth OrchestraSolar-Myth Approach ... CD
BYG/Affinity (UK), 1970/1971. Used ... Out Of Stock
Both Sun Ra albums for the legendary BYG/Actuel label – back to back as a 2CD set! The material was recorded in New York in 1970, with an Arkestra that includes Kwame Hadi, Ali Hassan, Danny Davis, John Gilmore, and Clifford Jarvis – and instrumentation that includes moog, space dimension mellophone, ancient Egyptian Infinity drum, and lots of other weird percussion instruments. Longer titles are "The Utter Nots", "Realm Of Lightning", "Adventures of Bugs Hunter", "Legend", "Scene 1, Take 1", and "The Satellites Are Spinning" CD
(Out of print.)

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New Full Moon EnsembleCrowded With Loneliness (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
AKT/Disques Dessinee (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A rare spiritual jazz session from the Full Moon Ensemble – a very groovy French group headed up by drummer Claude Delcloo – who was better known for his avant jazz work on sides for the BYG/Actuel series of albums! This time around, Delcloo is working in much trippier territory – a style that still shows some of the freedoms of the post-68 generation of French jazz, but which also takes on some strong spiritual tones too – mixing spoken passages with rich organic sounds on percussion – and these bold, snaking lines on Fender Rhodes and guitar that really help hold the whole thing together! The record works as one long suite on side one, and continues that groove on side two – and although the band's jamming great in the studio, there's still a sense of structure and purpose that really drives the music. In addition to Delcloo on drums, the group also features Jeff Sicard on alto and tenor, Gerard Coppere on tenor and soprano sax, Mratine Tourreil on Rhodes, and Joseph Dejean on guitar – and the vocals bits are by the enigmatic "Sarah". Titles include the side a suite "Tribute To Bob Kaufman" – plus "101 W 85th Street" and "King Kong". CD
(Beautiful Japanese pressing!)
 
 
 



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