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Full Moon Ensemble - Crowded With Loneliness (1970)

20-07-2016, 19:49
Jazz | Soul | FLAC / APE

Title: Crowded With Loneliness
Year Of Release: 1970
Label: CBS Records
Genre: Avant-Garde Jazz, Free Jazz, Soul-Jazz
Quality: FLAC (tracks)
Total Time: 0:36:02
Total Size: 251 Mb


1. Tribute To Bob Kaufman: I. 43 W. 87th Street sur "Memoires De Guerre" 07:19
2. Tribute To Bob Kaufman: II. Samba Miaou sur "Renvoyez-Les" 07:36
3. Tribute To Bob Kaufman: II. Samba Miaou sur "Benediction" 01:39
4. Tribute To Bob Kaufman: III. 43 W. 87th Street sur "Peut-Etre" 02:57
5. 101 W. 85th Street 10:39
6. King Kong 05:52

Bass – Ron Miller
Drums – Claude Delcloo
Electric Piano – Martine Tourreil
Flute, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Bass Clarinet – Jeff Sicard
Guitar – Joseph Dejean
Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Flute – Gerard Coppere
Voice, Percussion – Sarah

A French Free Jazz Band, the Full Moon Ensemble was born at the end of the 60s under the leadership of the versatile and ubiquitous Claude Delcloo. Delcloo was an eminent drummer who played and recorded with Jazz legends such as Archie Shepp, Arthur Jones, Jacques Coursil and Burton Greene. He was also a smart producer and the co-founder of the Actuel/BYG and AKT labels which helped release timeless underground, progressive Jazz records by some of the most creative young talents living in France back then (Grachan Moncur III, Art Ensemble Of Chicago, Sun Ra Arkestra, Moving Gelatine Plates, Rhesus O, Cane & Able, etc.).

At the end of 1970, Delcloo's ongoing project, the Full Moon Ensemble, recorded Crowded With Loneliness - their only album - with guitar player Joseph Dejean (also a member of the Cohelmec Ensemble), horn players Jeff Sicard and Gerard Copper (who later also played with Dharma Quintet and Machi Oul), pianist Martine Tourreil, American bass player Ron Miller and the enigmatic singer Sarah Touati who disappeared early on. They were also later credited on one of Archie Shepp's live LPs released on the BYG label (volumes 38 and 39) but only their rhythm section was featured. The Full Moon Ensemble was a free-minded collective project that sounded more like Pharoah Sanders and the early 70s American politically-engaged Spiritual Jazz scene than any other French Jazz bands of that time (even though Francois Tusques, Jef Gilson and a few others did remarkable works during those years). Most of the lyrics as well as the album title were inspired by US poet Bob Kaufman; this helped give these recording sessions such a unique style between Jazz poetry, vocal Free Jazz or protest Jazz. Sadly, after a few gigs in France and confronted with a lack of commercial success, most of the Full Moon Ensemble members left for other bands and projects, leaving behind Crowded With Loneliness as a testament of their collective work.

Up until now, this album has been one of the French holy grail records in Spiritual Jazz collectors circles, mainly owed to the track Samba Miaou which appeared in several compilations over the last 20 years but never in its entire form.

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