A great look at the jazz-based legacy of Saravah Records – that ultra-cool French label from the early 70s that gave us some excellent albums by Steve Lacy and The Art Ensemble Of Chicago! Yet this collection goes way past those classics, to unlock jazz currents from Saravah in different corners of the label's rich output – both material from its early years, and the moment of its revival at the end of the last century – and always carried along with that criss-crossing of global cultural currents that made the Parisian record company so unique! Most of the material here isn't straight jazz – but is instead blended with elements of African or South American rhythms, or given some French poetic setting, or turned towards some of the experimental modes of label artists like Areski
or Brigitte Fontaine
. The set features 21 tracks in all – many we might have missed otherwise – and titles include "Monsieur Chimpanze" by Michel Roques, "Improvisation Lettriste Pour Danser" by Maurice Lemaitre & Areski
, "Ain't Nobody's Business But My Own" by Chic Streetman, "Bulerias Hermanos" by Armadillo, "Tiens J'Ai Dit Tiens" by Jacques Higelin, "Le Denicheur" by Mahjun, "Maria Candida" by Mas Trio, "Accordeon" by Daniel Mille & Pierre Barouh, "Guantanamera" by Leo Brouwer, "Bye Bye Belleville" by Quartet Elan, and "Philly" by the all-piano quartet of Georges Arvanitas, Michel Graillier, Rene Urtreger, and Maurice Vander.