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Reissue of this '77 release from multi-instrumentalist Berrocal (NWW) and collaborators, mixing jazz, improv, rock'n'roll, punk, no wave, spoken words and industrial sound.

Berrocal, Jacques

Berrocal, Jacques: Paralleles (Alga Marghen)
Label: Alga Marghen    
Released in: Italy    

"Jacques Berrocal has been very active since the beginning of the 1970s. No one in France could mix jazz, improvisation, rock'n'roll, punk, no wave, spoken words and industrial music like him. He also had a central position in the creation of d'Avantage, a collective record label that issued some of the most particular sessions of the mid-late Seventies. At the same time he was working on never ending sessions for records that were never issued.

Jac and his band were the Apostles of the non-urgency, enjoying recording in unusual situations, with no rules, improvising on undefined structures or using non-musical material mixed with ethnic instrumental solos. In 1976 d'Avantage issued a wonderful record LP titled Parallèles featuring, among the others, Bernard Vitet, Roger Ferlet, Pierre Bastien, Michel Potage, Daniel Deshays, with the intervention of Vince Taylor, the dark diamond of rock'n'roll who inspired David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust.

Just a couple of years later Berrocal collaborated with Steven Stapleton to create the first Nurse with Would record LP. Parallèles features very different styles; acoustic solo and duo for trombone and cornet as well as a large ensemble 25 minutes long piece dedicated to the Futurist Russolo (again, two years later, Mr.Stapleton dedicated his first NWW record to the same Italian artist). Also to mention are 'Post-Card', recorded in a Pigsty in 1976, and the legendary 'Rock'n'roll Station', a mini-concert for voice (Vince Taylor), double bass (Roger Ferlet) and bicycle (Jac Berrocal). The remastered CD also includes five previously unreleased tracks that were actually left out of the original record: 'Villa Povera Naturale' (1972) is a short piece for pocket trumpet and various concrete elements; 'Occupè' by Michel Potage is an excerpt taken from an LP that d'Avantage never issued; 'Shorten' and 'Lisylis Pavillon' are the first experiments using electronics and 'Cryptea IV', taken from the sessions of the early Futura LP. Thirty years later Jacques Berrocal is still there, where nothing is waiting for him, totally outside the rules, out of fashion thus indémodable."

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Product Information:

Label: Alga Marghen
Catalog ID: ALGA 037CD
Squidco Product Code: 11739

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: Italy
Packaging: Digipack
2009 repress of the 2001 CD. Originally released in 1977 as a Gatefold LP, by the label d'Avantage, France as catalog number DAV 01. Reissued in 2001 as a CD by Alga Marghen, Italy catalog ID plana-B 5TES.037. 1 to 5 recorded from October 10th to October 23rd, 1976. 1, 3, 4 and 5 recorded in October 1976, at SYSMO, Paris. 2 recorded at the pigsty of Jouancy. 6 recorded in February 1972, at Villa 1930, Sens. 7 recorded in December 1975, Paris. 8 recorded in September 1977, Paris. 9 recorded in January 1979, Paris. 10 recorded in October 1973, Sens.


Jacques Berrocal-Arabic Trumpet, Tin Gong, Bicycle Performer, Cornet, Mandolin, Percussion, Megaphone, Valve Trombone, Ophicleide (tin And Tub), Horn, Voice, Pocket Trumpet, Tape, Percussion, Trombone, Trumpet, Electronics,

Bernard Vitet-Violin, Percussion, Flute, Bugle, Horn, Trumpet

Claude Bernard-Percussion, Reed Tuba, Alto Saxophone

Claude Parle-Accordion

Dom Coster-Pipe, Stylophone Synthesizer, Harmonium

Françoise Achard-Laotian Mouth

Michel Potage-Percussion, Reading, Guitar, Recitativo Voice

Phillipe Pochan-Cello

Pierre Bastien-Double Bass

Richard Marachin-Piano

Roger Ferlet-Double Bass, Noises (Carafe, Hammer Smashing A Dish, Window Opened On The Street)

Roger Ferlet-Performer (Cordier), Percussion, Trumpet, Tuba, Type-writer

Roger Ferlet-Pocket Trumpet, Trombone, Bells

Vince Taylor-Rock'n'speaker

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Track Listing:

1. Parallèles 8:30

2. Post-Card 3:56

3. Galimatias 3:02

4. Rock'n'Roll Station 5:22

5. Bric-à-Brac 24:14

6. Villa Povera Naturale 1:22

7. Shorten 1:44

8. Occupé 6:01

9. Lisylis Pavillon 2:38

10. Cryptéa IV 4:24