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Mega Wave Orchestra

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"When I'm working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.” Richard Buckminster FullerThe music on this compilation was, for the most part, originally released privately in Geneva as a box set containing five LPs by The Mega Wave Orchestra and five prints by the artist Richard Reimann. The Mega Wave Orchestra, the brain-child of musician, mathematician and composer Christian Oestreicher, was conceived as an multi-media electronic music big-band. It was comprised of seven keyboard players Christine Schaller, Vincent Barras, Jacques Demierre, Olivier Rogg, Rainer Boesch, Roger Baudet, and Benoit Corboz, with Oestreicher as arranger and producer, assisted by Yves Melan, and video specialist Yanick Ebinger.Each of the five LPs was composed or devised by an individual member of the Orchestra acting as band leader, but arranged and mixed by Oestreicher in the Mega Wave Studio.The Orchestra created a new hybrid music. It was a music with roots in the jazz and classical traditions, but one which also drew on the sonic freedom of musique concrete and the kind of total experience offered by psychedelia. The diverse backgrounds and specialisms of each of the band leaders/writers resulted in a wide variety of music across the five discs: from austere drones and granular aural detail to warm oddball fusion and gorgeous but cracked vocal jazz. But it was Oestreicher’s presence, at both the start and end of the process, that provided a sure conceptual framework and a comprehensive sound world. There are useful contemporary comparisons to be made: zoned synth jazz like the Azimuth LP on ECM or Karin Krog’s Freestyle; Larry Heard’s sequencer dreamtime; the Valium minimalism of Pep Llopis or Jun Fukamaki; Dexter Wansel’s shimmering arrangements for Loose Ends, or even the FM sheen meets cold war threat of Donald Fagen’s Night Fly. Here, too, is the sound of music technology about to snowball and define its own aesthetic, unknowingly prefiguring auteurish bedroom producers like Black Dog or The Detroit Escalator Company.The heart of this music’s appeal lies in Oestreicher’s complex intentions and methodologies. He revels in occupying the unsteady ground between analogue and digital, pushing his players to robotic precision while opportunistically grabbing on to the unpredictable results of computer error. He harks back to communal rigour of big band or orchestra structures, while understanding beautifully that the sounds of the future will not be synthesised imitations of existing instruments but something entirely other. He seizes on the value of resituating or recombining the sounds given to him by his bandmates, twisting them out of shape to create vivid new worlds for the listener to occupy. As a mathematician, he approaches the problem of group music making with a seriousness that results in beauty as a matter of course. Lovely crafted tip-on sleeve.Remastered from Master tapes. 500 copies.

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Side 1
1. M7
2. Seq
3. Kastelli
4. 5T
5. Danse De Jason
Side 2
1. Un Orage De Plastique
2. Mirage
3. Bolero (Movement C)
4. Danse De Jason (reprise)
5. Verte Prairie
6. Mosquito

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Following The Light

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This record is dedicated to the memory of Art Pepper.Tip-on sleeve with insert. Limited edition of 600 copies.

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1. Following The Light (part 1)
Side 2
1. Following The Light (part 2)
2. Following The Light (part 3)

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Wilfred Percussion

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Born in the 1940s in Istanbul, Italian painter and percussionist Wilfred Copello had, from the onset, a predisposition for exotic sounds.Indeed, his interest for latin music was manifest early on in his career. In 1970 he was an uncredited member of the Italian band Latins 80 who released the same year the LP Foglie Gialle All’Imbrunire which has now gained cult status. From that period onwards, Wilfred settled in Rome where he gained an excellent reputation as a studio player; he participated in a large number of projects and albums, especially on the jazz scene with his friend Romano Mussolini (The Latin Taste, Jam Session , Soft & Swing, etc.).But it is the music from Brazil that had the greatest impact on Wilfred. In 1974 he recorded ‘Viva Brasil’ with the group Expo 80, an album which was an ode to Brazilian music.A few years later, at the turn of the 80s, he formed the band Wilfred Percussion. He brought with him an all-star cast of the jazz and Latin scene in Rome which included Argentinean drummer Osvaldo Mazzei and respected trumpet player Cicci Santucci. It was actually in Cicci Santucci’s Audio Sound Studio that was recorded Wilfred Percussion’s only album.Recorded in 1983, the album is a musical gem. Self-produced, Wilfred Percussion is composed of covers and original compositions. Covers include original titles by the unclassifiable Hermeto Pascoal as well as Milton Nascimento, and are reinterpreted here in a totally unique fashion with that distinctive Italian groove.Wilfred Percussion is an album which allies funk to MPB with jazz undertones, introducing the listener to a singularly fresh and evocative opus.Lovely crafted tip-on sleeve.Remastered. 600 copies.

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1. Cravo E Canela
2. Ulri
3. Ragazza Dell Est
4. Papo Furado
Side 2
1. Circo
2. Tudo
3. Bamba
4. Andei
5. WP

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Eko Kuango

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Eko Kuango only released 4 tracks in the form of an EP in 1986, the band recorded one year later a studio album with the help of renowned sound engineer Patrick Hubart which until now remained totally unreleased. Libreville Records is proud to offer in this edition both the 4 tracks from the original EP and the tracks from the session of the ‘lost' album.600 copies.

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Side 1
1. Na Mawaso
2. Fuaniaka
3. Fura
4. Madesu
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1. Mutoto
2. Kena Samba
3. Kasonge
4. Duniya
5. Shana

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Candy Girl

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For its first release, Libreville Records is proud to announce the reissue of one of the most elusive yet mythical LP ever conceived in France.Recorded and produced by maverick Producer Pierre Jaubert, the album was never commercially released and was pressed in a quantity rumoured to be no more than 20 copies.All tracks, composed by unsung hero Mal Waldron are backed by the key members of the famous Lafayette Afro Rock Band who gained cult status notably by being heavily sampled by the great names of the rap game: from De La Soul to Wu-Tang Clan, through Nas and of course Jay-Z among many, many others...The album consists of five pieces going from deep jazz funk to modal soul jazz even to uplifting jazz ballad, all sharing the profoundness of Mal Waldron's sensibility.Still unknown by many yet essential, Candy Girl stands surely as one of the true Holy Grail of Jazz Funk coming out of Europe. Crafted in true 70s private press spirit, the record comes in a beautiful tip-on cover with pasted DIY paper on front (comes randomly in 3 different designs)Fully licensed and carefully remastered from the original master tapes.Strictly Limited to 500 copies.LISTEN : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qt8yKwGricE

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Side 1
1. Home Again
2. Red Match Box
Side 2
1. Bits And Things
2. Dedication To Brahms
3. Candy Girl

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