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Artist: BERROCAL, JAC
Title: La Nuit Est Au Courant
Format: LP
Label: Souffle Continu
Country: France
Price: $25.00
"Souffle Continu Records present the first vinyl edition of Jac Berrocals La Nuit Est Au Courant, originally released on In Situ in 1991. Ornette Colemans "Lonely Woman" on the radio, Renaissance motets, his grandfather in a Zouave military band, Syrian deserts... Columns of tanks in the streets, the soundtrack to Robert Bressons A Man Escaped(1956), Juan Manuel Fangios car, the fall of the Berlin wall: from the first and fantastic Musiq Musik (1973), this is where Jac Berrocals trumpet comes from -- an indescribable cataclysm to which he constantly returns for inspiration. When he published, at the beginning of the 1990s, La Nuit Est Au Courant, Jac Berrocal had already recorded his famous "RocknRoll Station" and collaborated three times with Nurse With Wound, he figures on their 1979 list as an important avant-garde influence. In Situ, the French label which published this album, produced several other historically important albums in the same year by people like Steve Lacy, François Tusques, Un Drame Musical Instantané, and Daunik Lazro in a duo with Joe McPhee: such were the times. Backed by two bassists (including the jazz critic Francis Marmande) and a drummer, Jacques Thollot (who recorded Jeter La Girafe À La Mer(1971), one of the highlights of the French underground), Jac Berrocal does here what he does best: defy labels and slalom between genres; constructing a strange kaleidoscope of enchanting mish-mash. "What is vulgar... ", he states, "... is to refuse what pleases you". Jac Berrocal refuses nothing and tries everything he can imagine. With the trumpet multiplied here and there by reverb, the nocturnal perambulations for insomniacs of La Nuit Au Courant make it an ambient album with Prague, Sartrouville, Ivry-sur-Seine or East Berlin amongst the backdrops... An album of what Fernando Arrabal called "panic music", an elegant term for "no wave"... Listening to it over and again, it sounds like Don Cherryjamming with David Bowie and Brian Eno in Berlin. There is one thing you should know: Jac Berrocal is an intrepid man. He stands exposed -- and "sullies his soul", on the edge of the precipice. The nights are all-knowing. Licensed from In Situ. Obi strip; Reverse printing; Includes four-page booklet; Edition of 700." - Souffle Continu.

Artist: BERROCAL, JAC
Title: MDLV
Format: LP
Label: Sub Rosa
Country: Belgium
Price: $16.00
"Jac Berrocal has not released an album for 20 years. The legendary French trumpeter is back with his special atmosphere and feeling and lots of guests, too. Jacques "Jac" Berrocal (born October 22, 1946, Saint-Jean dAngély) is a French trumpeter, singer and composer. He has been active since the 1970s in the independent and avant-garde music scene (he recorded/played with Steven Stapleton/Nurse With Wound and collaborated with Sunny Murray, Pascal Comelade, MKB (F. J. Ossang), James Chance, Alan Shorter, Bernard Vitet, Lol Coxhill, Michel Portal, Lizzy Mercier Descloux). He has released a few important albums, mainly on his own label dAvantage. He also founded and performed in the group Catalogue. Berrocal has also appeared in several films. In 2011, Sub Rosa released a unique collaboration between him, Ghedalia Tazartès and David Fenech (SR 321CD/LP)." -Sub Rosa.

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