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Jean Claude Vannier

La Bête Noire (rsd19)

finders keepers

record store day 2019 - 7"

Released: 13th Apr 2019

out of stock

Lost and presumed missing for decades the soundtrack tapes for this lesser-known 1983 French thriller captures the revered composer and arranger of Serge Gainsbourg's 'Histoire De Melody Nelson’ embarking on a darker exploration of free jazz, frenzied batucadas and cyclic carousel psychedelia.

Counting key players of the French jazz scene within its ranks, La Bete Noires "Insolitudes" group comprises a crack team of Palm/Futura/Saravah/Actuel regulars such as saxophonist Philippe Mate (Acting Trio/Mate-Valancian/Tacet) alongside drummer Bernard Labat (Mad Ducks) and legendary Arpadys/Voyage rhythm masters Marc Chanterau and Pierre-Allen Dahan (Brutus Drums). All of whom, alongside Michel Zanlonghi (Ensemble De Percussion De Paris) make up this thunderous, four-headed rhythm machine bridging an authentic gap between the Jef Gilson groups and France's signature "cosmic" revolution. Naturally these previously unreleased compositions are spearheaded by lead pianist and composer Jean-Claude Vannier and for devotees of his 1972 concept album ‘L'Enfant Assassin Des Mouches’ there is much to admire and cross-reference herein. Having been the most loyal and long-running guardians of Jean-Claude’s monster archive over the past two decades Finders Keepers Records are proud to present this first catch of newfound vintage Vannier discoveries on this limited and unlikely free jazz 45 single (which should find a perfect home between coveted Euro jazz 7”s by Krzysztof Komeda, François Tusques and Brussels Art Quintet). Almost 15 years since Finders Keepers once liberated the Mouches it is now time to set free another Black Beast amongst discerning listeners. Limited to only 500 copies for the UK and Eire.

La Bête Noire (rsd19)


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  3. Danse De La Bête Noire