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ARTIST
TITLE
Jef Gilson
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
JMAN 042CD JMAN 042CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
8/2/2011

Jazzman Records presents one of the most brilliant and productive jazzmen ever to have lived: French pianist, composer and arranger extraordinaire Jef Gilson. With his career spanning the best part of a century, Gilson has made music with a who's-who of European and American jazz greats, has written, performed on and recorded innumerable film scores, albums and 45s, ran the Palm jazz record label... yet despite all this, the French jazzman remains criminally under-appreciated by so many jazz fans. Look him up on the internet -- there isn't even a Wikipedia entry! Jazzman addresses this unfortunate situation by releasing 19 songs spanning decades of his recording career. High points include the awesome modal masterpiece "Modalité Pour Mimi"; "Chakan" and "Agnus Dei," which feature a cathedral choir, and lesser-known private recordings such as "Valerie's Waltz" and "Valse A Quatre Temps." Jazzman also includes field recordings made on his trip to Madagascar, including a percussive version of the Lloyd Miller favorite "Chant Inca" and an unforgettable version of Pharoah Sanders' cult classic "The Creator Has A Masterplan." All in all, this is one of the finest albums Jazzman Records has made to date. Jef Gilson is now 84 years-old and wheelchair-bound. This album is all about the little-known musical genius, and the label has done their very best to represent his life story with the best of his music. Includes never-before-seen pictures, photos and images as well as exhaustive and extensive original liner notes in both English AND French.