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Jacques Thollot - Quand le son devient aigu, jeter la girafe à la mer (1971)


Jacques Thollot (ur. 1946) - utalentowany francuski perkusista jazzowy oraz kompozytor. Debiutował na francuskiej scenie jazzowej w wieku kilkunastu lat, ma za sobą udaną współpracę z wieloma zdolnymi muzykami tego pokroju co Bud Powell, Chet Baker, Eric Dolphy czy Don Cherry. Swój pierwszy solowy album "Quand le son devient aigu, jeter la girafe a la mer" nagrywa  w 1971 w zasłużonym wydawnictwie Futura. Jest to interesująca pozycja łącząca w sobie w pomysłowy sposób wątki muzyki eksperymentalnej i jazzu, na której Thollot udziela się osobiście na wszystkich wykorzystanych instrumentach.


French drummer Jacques Thollot started playing with jazz bands at an early age towards the end of the 1950's, being recognized as a prodigy child. One can find clips of him from 1958 playing the drums at the age of 13 in a night club with a jazz band (Barney Wilen Trio). He would pass his teenage years in this surrounding developing his musical vision which would be much wider and more experimental than what he used to play during that time.

His first release, which is also the most striking one, released on the Futura Records in 1971, is called "Quand Le Son Devient Aigu, Jeter La Giraffe A La Mer"; it is a splendid example of spacey-like, fragile and imaginative compositional style fusing jazz, electronic experiments, psychedelic elements and rock together, culminating in a blissful listening experience and it has earned Thollot the place in the NWW list.

Thollot went on to release 4 more albums, "Watch The Devil Go" (1975), Résurgence (1977), Cinq Hops (1978) and most recently Tenga Nina (1996). Whereas the first album is the one of most interest to those looking for the avant-prog/experimental side of his, the others are more jazz-oriented and include vocals. Of these the most notable and recommended is Cinq Hops with its more structured and direct approach (compared to Quand Le Son.) and contains and female-vocals fronting in a chant-like style with the rest of the band providing an ethereal atmosphere, making this a very pleasant album to listen to with a touch of Magma-like zeuhl elements and style. (progarchives)

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