Wilen, Barney - Moshi 2 x vinyl lps + DVD (due to size and weight, this price for the USA only. Outside of the USA, the price will be adjusted as needed)
"Deluxe remastered reissue of Barney Wilen's 1972 album Moshi, featuring additional artwork and a 20-page booklet of rare pictures, sheet music, and the original liner notes.
Includes a bonus DVD (packaged with exclusive artwork) of Caroline de Bendern's 1971 film à l'intention de Mlle Issoufou à Bilma, documenting this amazing African journey. Limited edition of 1000."
This album was recorded during an extended journey in Africa in 1970 and 1971 with a team of friends and musicians - the idea being to "cross the continent while returning with music and film." While they don't explicitly credit African musicians, it certainly sounds like there are here on this and the music is heavily influenced by African and Middle Eastern music and modes, as well as by early jazz rock. The sound is often reminscient to me of Embryo's two Brain albums (Steig Aus, Rocksession) and also Xhol (expecially with the devices on the saxophone), where they played a slightly world-music influenced jazz/rock. Wilen plays his tenor (often including fuzz boxes and devices!), Michel Graillier (soon to join Magma) is on electric piano, Pierre Chaze is on guitars, Christian Tritsch (of Gong) and Simon Boissezon are the bassists, Didier Leon plays lute and Micheline Pelzer is the drummer. Definitely a curio and a rather unknown overlooked fusion/world album from a place you wouldn't expect it to come from!
- LabelSoufle Continu