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Jazzactuel [Box set]

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  • Audio CD (16 April 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Charly
  • ASIN: B00004RIWL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 456,356 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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This 3 c.d. box contains an incredible wealth of jazz treasures. All recorded for the b.y.g. label around '69,'70 these recordings capture the brightest talents of the free jazz world coming to terms with the demands of the era, when the traditional jazz forms had been taken as far as they could go by miles/coltrane et al. This is the sound of young men determined their music would be more than a footnote to the sonic adventurers who had gone before. Still using acoustic instruments they take the music to extraordinary levels of invention and intensity. The tracks are chosen from the 52 albums recorded for the label and offer a wonderful range of unheard talent amongst the established stars of the scene such as Sun Ra and Don Cherry. An endlessly fascinating document of this brief period in the music's history, the only shame is that Charly haven't reissued more of the original albums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mummy! Stop that horrible noise! 7 Jun 2013
By Runmentionable TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Let's face facts. A 3-CD set of (mostly) free jazz that ends with a twenty-minute freakout from an ensemble nattily named the Celestial Communication Orchestra isn't going to be everybody's bag. If, however, you're up for that, you're going to have a great time with this anthology, and it's historically important as well as a great, if inevitably bracing, listen.

BYG Records could only have happened in the sixties. Its founders had the artistically admirable but commercially catastrophic idea that they should flood the record shops with dozens of free jazz albums (plus a smattering of electronica and psychedelia) from the many Afro-American musicians who'd drifted to France in 1969, seeking respite from the pressures of what used to be called Nixon's Americka.

It was an interesting period for free jazz as most of the original figureheads were dead (Coltrane, Dolphy), kind of selling out (Ayler, soon to be dead himself) or temporarily out of the public eye (Coleman, Taylor). Only Sun Ra, as productive as ever (and represented here), was still relatively high profile. The focus thus shifted to trusted lieutenants (such as Shepp, Murray and Cherry) or the newer generation, particularly the AACM school from the mid-west. All of these were recorded in depth by BYG and are present in this generous and eclectic compilation, along with permanent mavericks like Steve Lacy and Paul Bley, and a number of less well-known but equally interesting players.

If your only idea of free jazz is what Lester Bangs used to call "skronk", you'll be surprised by the diversity of music here, which isn't all loud, intense wailing, with much of it being reflective, or making use of African and Asian musical ideas.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia can take many forms - this is one I must have. 25 Oct 2002
By Ian Muldoon - Published on Amazon.com
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This wonderful, reasonably priced boxed set sampler of the reissue of the cream of the BYG/Actuel catalogue 1969-1971 is a must have purchase if you have any memories of the sixties when any man in a grey flannel suit MUST be a suspect complicit in some government policy intent on enslaving ordinary workers, bombing some faraway country or colluding in a corrupt Wall Street trade. Hence, Don Cherry adorning the cover of this release in propeller beanie, welder's goggles and leather windcheater had an impeccable image as clearly NOT a suspect. Besides, he made amazing music before the term "world music" evinced a wince from "jazz" lovers. One of his best moments was the two LP's entitled Mu Pt 1 and Mu pt 2 now reissued, where he explores a variety of moods, rhythms, melodies, influences with the great Mr Ed Blackwell. Excerpts on this release are from the second volume. Other musicians that appear on this release include some of the greatest musicians of the 20th century regardless of genre: Paul Bley, Steve Lacy, Dave Burrell,Anthony Braxton, Sonny Sharrock head the list. When we think of their respective instruments and their compositions and the contributions they have made to the music, how can they not be celebrated as such? There is nothing wasted on these three Cd's which are full to the brim with outstanding examples of the music of the time together with a comprehensive booklet.
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