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Monday, January 27, 2014

Clivage, France

Clivage - Regina Astris. 1977 Gratte-Ciel
Clivage - Mixtus Orbis. 1978 Gratte-Ciel

These two came as a result of the CD-R revisit project. Good thing I'm doing this project as albums like this truly fell through the cracks. I only had a placeholder for them in the main CDRWL list; as  well, I had only mediocre grades on Gnosis; and finally, I didn't even have them registered at all in RYM. So all that's now taken care of. These are fine albums worthy of a CD reissue.  In the meantime, I need to line up the LPs for myself.

"Regina Astris" is a fine Indo Jazz album from Andre Fertier's group Clivage. Long spells of both Indian ragas (hand percussion and stringed instruments) and pure jazz with extended saxophone soloing, along with stand up bass. The copious violin use recalls L. Subramanian's works in a similar jazz setting.

The intimate nature of Fertier's Indo Jazz album "Regina Astris" is expounded upon further on "Mixtus Orbis" with no less than a full orchestra. The jazz elements are downplayed somewhat, and flute takes center stage, along with the Indian instrumental accompaniment. Some of this album gets very trippy, with echoed vocals and orchestras coming at you from speaker to speaker. There really is no other album like it, which makes it almost impossible to classify. In general, I typically find albums like this satisfying on an academic level, but not emotional. "Mixtus Orbis" is exceptional in that it resonates at core instincts. Really excellent material here.

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