24 June 2009

Jimmy Lyons - Other Afternoons





I've noticed that blogger chums Serviceton and Sotise have started resurrecting old BYG Actuel records, so I thought I might as well get in on the game myself. This was posted on the Church#9 blog a couple of years ago, then in the mp3 format, so as to justify resposting it, I've upgraded it to the lossless flac format.

This was Jimmy Lyons' first record as a leader and with him were two other members of the Cecil Taylor group, Alan Silva on bass and Andrew Cyrille on drums. In for Cecil on this date is trumpeter extraordinaire Lester Bowie, a member of the Art Ensemble of Chicago and a Paris resident at the time.

Stylistically this is lodged somewhere between bop mode and excursions into freer areas. Only two tracks per side, the second low-key, low-tempo chill outs after the more upbeat first tracks on each side. "However" stays basically in a bop mode and both "Premonitions" and "My You" are as indicated are somber pieces coming off the peaked performances starting each side. However, it's the title track which is the real clincher here with Jimmy Lyons delivering one of those solos which have to go down in history as something else. Starting off modulating the prhrases, he builds up into a frenzy of shrieks, but stays in control all the while. Lester Young has to jump in at the top and keep riding the wave until it subsides in a Cyrille drum solo and things are gliding into the quieter territory of "Premonitions". Truly astounding!

1. Other Afternoons
2. Premonitions
3. However
4. My You

Jimmy Lyons - alto sax
Lester Bowie - trumpet
Alan Silva - bass
Andrew Cyrille - drums

Recorded 15 August 1969 in Paris.

As the pieces more or less run together, I've ripped the A and B sides as two contiguous tracks. Scans are included in the attached files.

Enjoy! One of the seminal BYG albums!

20 comments:

kinabalu said...
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8mmbolex said...

SUCH a great record!
my copy if pretty worn out so THANKS!!

Anonymous said...

Lester Young? Now that would be interesting.

kinabalu said...

As far as typos go, it's definitely one of the more interesting ...

Bombshelter Slim said...

Well, I won't download as I have my original LP burned to CD (and it sounds pretty good audio-wise). As my dim memory has it, the liner notes are in French and begin with the words "Jimmy Lyons!". Little more needs to be said about this exceptional record and musician. Hats off to Kinabalu for a great post.

orleyfarm said...

Lester Leaps In...from the grave! Thanks for this one.

Discobole said...

Hi, Kinabalu,
I have been anonymous, and have downloaded a bit....
Do you agree if I put you on my blog list? As a sort of thanks!
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kinabalu said...

Discobole,

sure, go ahead.

molinegro said...

wow awesome stuff you got!

kike hurtado said...

Dear Kinabalu

thanks you for sharing this. Your rip from the vinyl sounds terrific!! well done!!!!

best regards, Kike.

Ps: If you can share more stuff of this serie ACTUEL would be fantastic.

Larry said...

Fantastic album -- this is one of the Actuel series I missed. Thanks for a great post!

Neroon001 said...

this one is new to me but by the description it certainly sounds like it will raise more than an eyebrow.Thank you very much for sharing this !

Anonymous said...

hello there thanks for your grat post, as usual ((o:

Love Letters Journal said...

Bowie and Lyons? Damn!
As the scottish bard said
"I'll hae nae haf-way house
But aye be war extremes meet"

Thank you comrades!

francisco santos said...

this one deserves to be alive !....
THX !....

kinabalu said...

Agreed!

And in glorious wav, no less!

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Jibosicyzo said...

This one got the repressing treatment on vinyl a little while back, but to my knowledge never made it to cd, at least officially. Stone cold classic! Yeah! One of the top records I've ever heard, still right up there for desert-island status after all this time...Come on whoever controls BYG assets now,Puh-leeze do this one right, and "Aquariana" by Burton Greene while you're at it...

rev.b said...

Sweet! One of the best on the label that filled with great albums. I remember this one from my college days. Most days I had classes in the afternoons, but on Thurdays, my classes were over by 11:00am. Other Afternoons(!) often spent liostening to this, Karl Berger's From Now On on ESP-Disk, and for some reason, The Cheerful Insanity of Giles, Giles and Fripp.

Javier Roz said...

WOW Great music with a star line-up! Thank you very much kinabalu for repost.

francisco santos said...

BIG THX !!!!.....