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Art Ensemble Of ChicagoReese & The Smooth Ones ... CD
BYG/Actuel/Fuel 2000, 1969. Used ... $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! CD
(Out of print.)

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Don CherryMu First Part (180 gram pressing) ... LP
BYG/Actuel, 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $11.99
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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Grachan Moncur IIIAco Dei De Madrugada (One Morning I Woke Up Very Early) ... LP
BYG/Actuel, 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $9.99
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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Sunny MurraySunshine (180 gram pressing) ... LP
BYG/Actuel, 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $9.99
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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Clifford ThorntonKetchaoua ... LP
BYG/Actuel, 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $9.99
An early gem from the great Clifford Thornton – maybe his best-known album over the years, thanks to its placement on the post-68 series of French free jazz releases on the BYG/Actuel label – but a set that's got a much more New York vibe overall, and stands as a key precursor to so many loft jazz recordings of the 70s! The style is very open and organic – not nearly as bombastic as some of the other Actuel sets of the period – with an earthy energy that really allows the players to come together naturally, collaboratively, and not combatively. The lineup of players shifts from track to track – again echoing some loftish modes – and the lineup includes Thornton on cornet and percussion, with Grachan Moncur on trombone, Archie Shepp on soprano sax, Arthur Jones on alto, Beb Guerin and Earl Freeman on bass, Sunny Murray on drums, and Dave Burrell on piano. Titles include "Pan African Festival", "Brotherhood", and "Ketchaoua" – plus "Speak With Your Echo", a cool track that has Clifford's cornet playing in a spare setting with only 2 basses! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jimmy LyonsOther Afternoons ... LP
BYG/Actuel (France), 1969. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Jimmy Lyons' recordings for BYG/Actuel are among some of the best for the label, and this one from 1969 is a stellar session that features Lester Bowie on trumpet, Alan Silva on bass, and Andrew Cyrille on drums. All players are excellent, and they play together in a set of free tracks in which Cyrille drives everyone onto new heights with a steady singing pulse. Bowie and Lyons trade beautiful lines back and forth, and the set includes the tracks "Other Afternoons", "My You", "Premonitions", and "However". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Vinyl has a few marks from the pressing, but is OK overall.)

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✨✧ Sunny MurrayHommage To Africa (180 gram pressing) ... LP
BYG/Actuel, 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the more spiritual sessions for BYG, and a large ensemble session that brings together players like Archie Shepp, Malachi Favors, Roscoe Mitchell, Grachan Moncur, and Clifford Thornton. "Suns Of Africa" takes up all of side one, and although it begins slow, and with spare soloing, it moves into a slow rhythmic pulse that pulls along all players in a moving ensemble passge that sparkles with feeling and spirituality. Side 2 has two shorter pieces entitled "R.I.P.", which is more intense, and "Unity", which again moves into a mellower ensemble space. Certainly one of our favorite albums on BYG, and one that we find ourselves returning to more than others on the label! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Archie SheppPoem For Malcolm (180 gram pressing) ... LP
BYG/Actuel, 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Beautiful work from Archie Shepp – a record that's filled with meaning and power, and which really stands out as a freer expression of his ideals while working on the European scene! The players here are an array of other BYG/Actuel luminaries – including Burton Green on piano, Grachan Moncur on trombone, Malachi Favors and Alan Silva on bass, and Philly Joe Jones and Claude Delcloo on drums. Hank Mobley makes a surprising appearance on a version of "Oleo" – joining Shepp's tenor after the first half of the track, which is titled "Rain Forrest". That side-long track is complemented by another long number on the flip – "Mamarose/Poem For Malcolm" – a very spiritual track with some nice vocalizations too. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ 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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✨✧ Art Ensemble Of ChicagoGreat Black Music – Message To Our Folks (180 gram pressing) ... LP
BYG/Actuel, 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Art Ensemble Of ChicagoGreat Black Music – Reese & The Smooth Ones (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
BYG/Actuel, 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
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
Also available Reese & The Smooth Ones ... CD 11.99

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✨✧ Alan Silva & Celestrial Communication OrchestraLuna Surface ... 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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Fille Qui MousseSe Taire Pour Une Femme Trop Belle (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
Monster Melodies (France), 1971. New Copy Gatefold ... $34.99
One of the most far-out French groups we've ever heard – a freely jamming group who are in their very own space away from the typical prog or psych of the time! At some level, these guys are almost like an avant jazz group – given that there's no vocals at all on the record, and these guys jam pretty openly. Yet the instrumentation is also more rockish, too – lots of guitar, electric bass, and drums – although the instruments are often used in ways that are farther from melodic, making some ultra-cool sounds in some of the odder moments. The whole thing almost feels like some of the few rock outings from BYG/Actuel – and titles include "Resistance Instinctive", "Transplantation", "L'Eau Etait Vitage", "Cantate Disparate", and "Esplanade". LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful red marbled vinyl!)

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✨✧ Gunter Hampel8th Of July 1969 ... LP
Flying Dutchman, 1969. Very Good Gatefold ... $14.99
One of Hampel's best sessions – a spiritually infused, freely structured session that feels like the best late 60s work on BYG/Actuel! Of course, it helps that the group on the record includes Anthony Braxton, Steve McCall, and Willem Breuker – plus usual suspect Jeanne Lee – creating a fine mix of European free players and AACM avant work. McCall's early percussion work is especially striking here – and takes the record way past the usual Hampel style. Titles include "Crepuscule", "We Move", "Morning Song", and "The 8th Of July 1969". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Moving Gelatine PlatesMoving Gelatine Plates (180 gram pressing) ... LP
CBS/Replica (France), 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $22.99
Full-on jazzy prog from this very cool French group of the 70s – a quartet who work here with artistic direction from Claude Delcloo, who you might know from his famous avant jazz work for the BYG/Actuel label! These guys are a fair bit more rock, though – at least in their use of guitar and vocals – but the group also features lots of bold horn work from Maurice Hemlinger – who handles trumpet, tenor, soprano sax, and flute – in addition to a bit of organ – and who clearly was a jazz player at the start, but who brings a lot of soulful energy to the group. The rhythm section can be surprisingly funky at points – and titles include "London Cab", "X-25", "Gelatine", "Last Song", and "Memories". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sunny MurrayAigu Grave ... CD
Marge (France), 1979. New Copy ... $14.99 16.99
A late 70s Parisian performance from the great Sunny Murray – and one that rivals any of the drummer's other French records from the decade – thanks in part to a lineup that also includes Bobby Few on piano and Alan Silva on bass! The group here have the open, expressive style that was first forged on the Paris scene during the BYG/Actuel years – but they've also got that sharper, more focused approach that really took hold as musicians like Murray, Few, and Silva really honed their craft overseas – and actually ended up coming across with a much stronger message in the process. Tenorist Richard Raux is in the group – blowing with some free moments, but some even nicer spiritual lines – and the group also features added percussion from Pablo Sauvage on a few tracks. Titles include "Motif Of Expression", "Happeness Tears", "Pyramide", "Tree Tops", and "Spanish Fly". CD

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Archie SheppBlack Gipsy (aka Black Gypsy – original French pressing) ... LP
America (France), 1969. Very Good ... $24.99
An incredible collective of musicians – all recording here under the mighty leadership of Archie Shepp! The feel of the session is a highly collaborative one – far more so than even Shepp's other Paris work for the BYG/Actuel label – as a richly varied lineup that includes Leroy Jenkins, Sonny Murray, Clifford Thornton, Noah Howard, and Dave Burrell come into play with Shepp's work on soprano sax, and some additional work by bluesmen Chicago Beau and Julio Finn. Finn plays some airy harmonica lines next to spare viola from Jenkins – setting a spacious mood for the album's two longer tracks as the rest of the players come into the mix to fill things out in a mode that builds with rhythmic intensity. The album features the tracks "Black Gypsy" and "Epitaph Of A Small Winner" – plus the shorter modal number "Pitchin Can". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and a sticker.)

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Frank WrightYour Prayer ... LP
ESP, 1967. Very Good ... $44.99
Frank Wright's second album for ESP, and a bit more of a group effort than his first – recorded with an expanded lineup that points the way towards some of the French scene on BYG a few years later – with Jacques Coursil on trumpet, Arthur Jones on alto, Steve Tintweiss on bass, and Muhammad Ali on drums. There's a tight formation at the head of some of the tracks, with freer breakout solos as the tunes go on – very much in the BYG/Actuel mode. Titles include "Fire Of Spirits", "No End", and "Your Prayer". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black and white text label. Cover has wide clear tape along the bottom seam.)

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✨✧ Archie SheppBlase ... LP
BYG/Actuel, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... About April 12, 2016 (delayed)
One of the hardest to find of the Shepp albums for Actuel! These are long, spiritual tracks that comprise some of his best European recordings of the decade, and the titles include "There is a Balm in Gilead", "Touareg", and "My Angel". The group includes Jeanne Lee on vocals, plus Lester Bowie, Malachi Favors, Dave Burrell, and Philly Joe Jones – and the whole thing has that great Paris spiritual free jazz party feel to it! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Terry Riley/Pierre MarietanKeyboard Study 2/Initiative – GERM ... CD
Spalax (France), 1968. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A rare session originally on BYG/Actuel – not jazz, but avant classical work, featuring two striking modern pieces! Side one features Terry Riley's "Keyboard Study 2" – performed by pianists Gerard Fremy and Martine Joste. Side two features Pierre Marietan's "Initiative 1" – performed by GERM, the Groupe D'Etude et Realisation Musicale, featuring a lineup that includes piano, cello, trumpet, violin, bass, and voice. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Archie SheppThere's A Trumpet In My Soul ... LP
Arista Freedom, 1975. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
There might be a trumpet in Archie Shepp's soul, but the album features him on tenor and soprano sax – working in a wonderfully spiritual vein that's almost in the same mode as his early 70s work on Impulse! The album features some very long, drawn out tracks – but ones that build nicely with Shepp's soulful styles of the 70s – that groove he explored a bit on the Black Saint label, with a bold sense of majesty and power, presented with more control than the BYG/Actuel years. The album features some great vocals – again recalling Archie's later Impulse years – and players include Walter Davis Jr on electric piano, Dave Burrell on acoustic piano, Charles Greenlee on trombone, Ray Draper on tuba, and Beaver Harris on drums. Titles include "There's A Trumpet In My Soul", "Zaid", "Down In Brazil", and "It Is The Year Of The Rabbit". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Archie SheppBlase (Affinity pressing) ... LP
BYG/Affinity (UK), 1969. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of the hardest to find of the Shepp albums for Actuel, especially in this original format! These are long, spiritual tracks that comprise some of his best European recordings of the decade, and the titles include "There is a Balm in Gilead", "Touareg", and "My Angel". With Jeanne Lee on vocals, plus Lester Bowie, Malachi Favors, Dave Burrell, and Philly Joe Jones. LP, Vinyl record album
(80s Affinity pressing. Cover has some wear.)

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✨✧ Dizzy ReeceFrom In To Out ... CD
Futura (France), 1970. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the boldest albums ever recorded by trumpeter Dizzy Reece – a session recorded in Paris in 1970, with some amazing tenor sax from the great John Gilmore! The pairing of Reece and Gilmore is a bit of a surprise – a strikingly avant choice for the former, and a rare date away from Sun Ra for the latter – but the album really has the players coming together wonderfully, in ways that really spark a whole new sense of sound from Dizzy! The trumpeter's solos are filled with fire and imagination – really stretching out here in ways that aren't as totally free as the BYG/Actuel French work of the time, but which definitely leans that way in spirit. Other players include Siefried Kessler on piano, Patrice Caratini on bass, and Art Taylor on drums – and the tracks are all long, and plenty darn driving! Titles include "Summit", "Krisis", "Communion", and "Contact". CD

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✨✧ 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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Antoine BerthiaumeSmall Tease ... CD
Actuelle (Canada), 2009. Used ... $9.99
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Antoine Berthiaume, Michel Donato & Pierre TanguayEllen's Bar ... CD
Actuelle (Canada), 2006. Used ... $6.99
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Tim BradyUnison Rituals ... CD
Ambiances Magnetiques/Actuelle (Canada), 2006. Used ... $4.99
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Charity ChanSomewhere The Sea & Salt ... CD
Actuelle (Canada), 2009. Used ... $6.99
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Jean DeromeTo Continue ... CD
Actuelle, 2007. Used ... $6.99
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Les PoulesPhenix ... CD
Actuelle, 2008. Used ... $9.99
Les Poules is Joane Hetu, Diane Labrosse, and Danielle Palardy Roger. CD
 
 
 



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