Monday, June 15, 2009
The*other* Arthur Jones LP on BYG - Africanasia.
Co-billed with Claude Delcloo. And - as noted in comments to Scorpio - quite different as a record in character
It's very much the drummer's album, but Arthur has 2 sections to twist and soar. His solo on side 2 allows some cable to unwind rather beautifully ..
The flute trio of Joseph Jarman, Roscoe Mitchell & Kenneth Terroade are pervasive as 'a section' in their recurrent capitulation of the theme [which in its simplicity will stick in your head if you haven't heard this before] , but don't seem to fully capitalise on their [one] chance for a flute collective dialogue that's allowed them.
Mal Favors is wonderful - not playing bass - but 'log drums'.
Whilst it's exciting to see the name of the much under-recorded Clifford Thornton here - on congas, not either of 'his instruments' [trombone & trumpet] - it has to be said that he doesn't add a huge amount to proceedings here, other than some textural colour.
Claude Delcloo was so much a ubiquitous presence throughout the BYG Actuel catalogue that it'd be easy to assume they had trouble keeping him off drumming on the Sunny Murray albums or Andrew Cyrille's solo percussion record.
Editor of 'Le Jazz' component of the Actuel magazine that [partly] gave these records their imprint name, BYG/Actuel seems to have been Delcloo's brief golden summer as a player. He went on to produce French pop, soul, jazz (etc) until at least the late 70's. After then, I know not..
Some European visitors here may be able to shed more light on M. Delcloo?
And *anybody* know more of Arthur Jones than the shadow of a sketch of his life and career that we have ?
Anecdotally, Delcloo is still alive and living in Northern France, whilst Arthur Jones died in 1998 in New York. Don't go copy n pasting that onto other blogs etc etc folks - it may - or may not - be accurate.
As per Scorpio previously, this is my rip - and to FLAC.
The otherwise quite fine 192MP3s at 'Nothing Is..' have some needle skips which can grate...
This has one sonic artifact at approx 9.47 on Side 1.
That aside, it's a perfectly good 40 year old crappy old BYG LP pressing.
Cover scans included.
- Arthur Jones, Claude Delcloo -
1. Africanasia Part 1
2. Africanasia Pert 2
Arthur Jones - alto
Kenneth Terroade - flute
Roscoe Mitchell - flute
Joseph Jarman - flute
Clifford Thornton - conga drums
Malachi Favors - log drums
Earl Freeman - gong, bells, percussion
Claude Delcloo - drums
Rec August 22, 1969