29 June 2013


Here's Méchali's second release - my appreciation goes to mew23 who gave his permission to re-post it here at IS.

Jean-Marc Larché - tenor sax
Jef Sicard - tenor sax, baritone sax, bass clarinet
Philippe Sellam - alto sax
Elton Dean - alto sax (Disc 2)
Jacques Di Donato - clarinet
Jean-François Canape - trumpet, flugelhorn
Michel Godard - tuba
Jean-François Ott - cello (Disc 1)
Denis Tuvéri - accordion, bandoneon (Disc 1)
Malo Vallois - guitar
Jacques Labarrière - piano, keyboards
Sophia Domancich - piano (Disc 2)
Jean-Jacques Avenel - bass
Paul Rogers - bass
Jean-Louis Méchali - drums, percussion

Disc 1 - Le film

01. Le billard de Milos et les quatre saisons [11:53]
02. Amnios [03:48]
03. Caribbean Lullaby [02:47]
04. Takawira [04:23]
05. Le coq et l'âne [01:12]
06. Le tango du gardien de phare [07:20]
07. Le marché aux épices [04:33]
08. Zapping [05:40]
09. Morceau choisi [04:55]
10. Foggy Night à la Transat [02:28]
11. La démarche du canard [01:42]
12. Le chasseur de lunes [03:44]
13. Le départ de Gulliver [04:02]
total time [58:27]

Disc 2 - Le débat

01. La main chaude [01:47]
02. Okavongo [06:45]
03. Elzévira [03:15]
04. El suspiro del moro [02:41]
05. Allégorie always Albert [05:03]
06. La baleine mimétique [05:13]
07. Le bar de l'entracte [05:57]
08. Mezzanine pour un suspense [06:57]
09. White Spirit [08:39]
10. Gena et John [04:54]
11. "L'Emile" [03:39]
12. Berceuse pour deux jumelles [06:11]
13. Clepsydre [03:26]
14. Wim [06:31]
15. Happy End [03:59]
total time [74:57]

Compositions by Jean-Louis Méchali
Disc 1 recorded at Studio Paraphernalia, Paris, 1993. Disc 2 recorded at Studio Aladin, 1993
Quoi de Neuf Docteur DOC 028 (France) double CD
http://www.discogs.com/Jean-Louis-Méchali-Ciné-Club/release/4677463 (with scans)

Ripped not from the original CDs but from CD-R copies. My scans were made from b&w photocopies of the booklet.

From the (translated) liner notes by Jean-Louis Méchali
"Music and rhythm of images: images and colours are music: Cinéma and music become interwoven in my mind's eye. I have imagined a film in which images are sounds and music.
I first, with digital magic, delineate background, extras and secondary roles.
Then I invite fourteen friends - musicians - to play as principals in a dreamscape.
They arrive separately, one by one, to play, each on a different day.
Queries: Where are they? Their likes and loves? A birth? A traffic jam? They react suddenly to what flashes over the headphones. One take only. Others watch, attendant upon the master performance.

Their scattered spontaneity is finally integrated into the soundscape through mixing and montage.

We listened to the "film", we felt the urgent need to share impressions, to single out details, to re-scan, to switch roles, to laugh, to say something new ...
Fragments and whole chunks of the "film" triggered a musical colloquium in the studio.
I realised I had in hand the two halves of the double CD "Ciné-Club"."

Surprisingly litte information on JL Méchali can be found online.
Clifford Allen mentions in passing " the brotherly pairing of drummer Jean-Louis and bassist François Méchali, who were on call for a number of excellent French avant-garde recordings and concerts in the ‘70s and early ‘80s." The Méchalis played "small-combo post-psychedelic jazz" with the Cohelmec Ensemble that released three LPs in the early 70s. One of them was shared at Mutant Sounds long ago. Three pieces from that LP can still be downloaded from WFMU.
It seems that JL Méchali released only two recordings as a leader, "Tie-Break" (1987) and "Ciné-Club" (1993) which bear the label of MFA, the official agency promoting French musicians and their work, but strangely none is listed in the MFA disc directory.
Since 2000 he has concentrated on his work at "Lutherie Urbaine", an organisation that "creates music drawing from all genres, from contemporary urban music and jazz to world music and sound art. The project brings together composers, musicians, lute makers and technicians, not to mention actors, authors, dancers, plastic artists and film makers…"


onxidlib said...
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James Manion said...

Thank you for sharing this rare art onxidlib, mew23 & Emile. The lineup looks great, really looking forward to hearing the quirks. Very much appreciated!

Nick said...

Thanks again

James Manion said...

Hey onxidlib what is the deal with track 8 on CD 1 it's listed as Zapping @ 5:40 but it does not exist in file with othrer tracks. What I have goes from 7 to 9. No big deal just wondering. There is a file outside of music file at 32.3 MB I thought that might be Trk 8 but I can't open it. You don't need to post this comment unless it will be helpful in some way. Thanks

onxidlib said...

Hi James Manion, maybe you try to unpack it one more time. I do not have the error you're describing.
The links are from mew23 as is the rip etc.

James Manion said...

onxidlib, is there anyway you could send me track 8 by itself or I will do without. Tried downloading file again and got same result

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James Manion said...

onxi, sorry to have put you through the trouble but this stuff is so cool, I had to have it in complete form. Thank you so much for your time and efforts, you really made my day and weekend. When Kinabalu gets back he will be posting something I sent him that I hope and think you will enjoy my friend.

onxidlib said...

James, it's my pleasure.
I'm quite curious about your contribution.

James Manion said...

onx, it's up to you but if you want to give me your email I will send Flac files and scans directly to you but let K post when he gets back. Let me know if you don't want to wait.

onxidlib said...

I'm fine waiting until Kinabalu is back. BTW - my email address isn't a secret - one can get it via my blogger profile ;)
Thanks nontheless!

miloo2 said...

Wow, thanks Onxi - I was looking for this since I realized its existence!

Renard said...

This seems really neat, and I'm sorry that I wasn't here to download it the first time around. If anyone could re-up this it would be very kind of you!

francisco santos said...

re post, please ...
THX !...