Tuesday, August 12, 2014

André Condouant - Brother Meeting

It is with an irony tinged with bitterness, that the very good French guitarist André Condouant found out that he had really begun to make himself known to French metropolitan Jazz amateurs, thanks to the excellent recording he made a few years ago in Germany under the label SABA/MPS with such people as Leo Wright, Carmell Jones, Jimmy Woode, Fritz Pauer and Joe Nay, without forgetting Annie Ross. Three reasons can explain the relatively recent discovery of André Condouant by the French: first of all his arrival to Paris from his natal Guadeloupe dates back only to 1957. Moreover he was not to stay in Paris for a long time. Secondly from 1962 until last year, André had lived (and enormously worked) in Sweden, and in Scandinavia, as well as in Germany. And last of all, and this, alas, is not to be put to the credit of the old French Jazz amateurs, there has been, up to the past ten or fifteen years, a prejudice against musicians of West Indian birth, who were supposed to play "their music" better than anyone else but were poorly gifted for Jazz music. Such an opinion seems outrageous to us, who every day, can listen to West-lndian Jazz musicians such as Jacky Samson, Jacques Coursil, Bib Monville, Robert Mavounzy, and others. In the USA, let it be said, things never were so. It´s a pity observing in what esteem their are held with, musicians born in the West-lndies, or musicians whose parents came from there, like: Art Taylor, Sonny Rollins, Wynton Keely, Cecil Payne, Walter Bishop, Kenny Drew, and many others. In Scandinavia and in Germany, André began a very good career side by side with musicians such as Idrees Sulieman, Leo Wright, Dexter Gordon, Kenny Drew, Benny Bailey, Ray Brown, Booker Ervin, Jaky Byard, Billy Brooks... But listening to a good record is so much more convincing than the text printed on the back of an album. From the "groovy blues" of the beautiful title 'Brother Meeting', to 'Astrakan' without forgetting another "groovy blues": 'Blues For Wes', 'Short B N', 'Poema' and 'Ballad For Annie'. André Condouant, Eddy Louiss, Percy Heath and Connie Kay will nothing but bewitch you, while confirming their value, if this was neccessary.
Maurice Cullaz, Original liner notes

André Condouant
Brother Meeting

Tracks

1 Brother Meeting  6:39
2 Blues For Wes  5:12
3 Short B. N  6:43
4 Poema  6:13
5 Ballad For Annie  6:25
6 Astrakan  4:34

(All Compositions by André Condouant)

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Personnel
André Condouant - g
Edd Lou aka Eddy Louiss - p
Connie Kay - b
Percy Heath - dr

Recorded in Paris ; November 4, 1970

17 comments:

Melanchthon said...

http://www.multiup.org/download/cc3a51e5f4e1ce543735ad39b4e912ca/ndr_Cndnt_-_Brthr_Mtng.7z
http://www.multiup.org/download/a482c72abc59865e245f5d6636b4d4a6/ndr_Cndnt_-_Brthr_Mtng2.7z

headman said...

Thank you very much for sharing this rarity, Mel. It's much appreciated.

AmyBRAINS said...

Yes!
It's really a nice rarity.
Many, many thanks, Melanchthon.

deGallo said...

Thank you. Very appreciated upgrade.

Blue Eyes said...

Many thanks Melanchthon for this upgrade!

Melanchthon said...

La qualité de la reproduction de la "pochette", comme on peut s'en rendre compte, est très moyenne. L'original dont je dispose est d'une très faible définition, au point qu'on dirait une mauvaise photocopie (on parvient difficilement à déchiffrer les notes de Maurice Cullaz). Si quelqu'un a des infos ou possède un exemplaire de ce cd, qu'il n'hésite pas à me contacter.... N'ayant aucun point de comparaison, je ne sais trop qu'en penser.

melanchthon.z@gmail.com

jose arboleda said...

Muchas Gracias.

zardoz1984 said...

Hi Mel

Thks for that very tasty & rare stuff! Got a picture of the LP back that I'll mail you.
And, for the short-sighted, the notes of Good Old President Maurice:

Original liner notes by Maurice Cullaz, President Jazz Academy France

It is with an irony tinged with bitterness, that the very good French guitarist André Condouant found out that he had really begun to make himself known to French metropolitan Jazz amateurs, thanks to the excellent recording he made a few years ago in Germany under the label SABA/MPS with such people as Leo Wright, Carmell Jones, Jimmy Woode, Fritz Pauer and Joe Nay, without forgetting Annie Ross. Three reasons can explain the relatively recent discovery of André Condouant by the French: first of all his arrival to Paris from his natal Guadeloupe dates back only to 1957. Moreover he was not to stay in Paris for a long time. Secondly from 1962 until last year, André had lived (and enormously worked) in Sweden, and in Scandinavia, as well as in Germany. And last of all, and this, alas, is not to be put to the credit of the old French Jazz amateurs, there has been, up to the past ten or fifteen years, a prejudice against musicians of West Indian birth, who were supposed to play "their music" better than anyone else but were poorly gifted for Jazz music. Such an opinion seems outrageous to us, who every day, can listen to West-lndian Jazz musicians such as Jacky Samson, Jacques Coursil, Bib Monville, Robert Mavounzy, and others. In the USA, let it be said, things never were so. It´s a pity observing in what esteem their are held with, musicians born in the West-lndies, or musicians whose parents came from there, like: Art Taylor, Sonny Rollins, Wynton Keely, Cecil Payne, Walter Bishop, Kenny Drew, and many others. In Scandinavia and in Germany, André began a very good career side by side with musicians such as Idrees Sulieman, Leo Wright, Dexter Gordon, Kenny Drew, Benny Bailey, Ray Brown, Booker Ervin, Jaky Byard, Billy Brooks... But listening to a good record is so much more convincing than the text printed on the back of an album. From the "groovy blues" of the beautiful title 'Brother Meeting', to 'Astrakan' without forgetting another "groovy blues": 'Blues For Wes', 'Short B N', 'Poema' and 'Ballad For Annie'. André Condouant, Eddy Louiss, Percy Heath and Connie Kay will nothing but bewitch you, while confirming their value, if this was necessary.

zardoz1984 said...

And for French music lovers:

Notes de Maurice Cullaz, Président de l'Académie du Jazz

C'est avec une ironie teintée d´amertume que le très bon guitariste André Condouant a pu constater qu´il n´avait vraiment commencé à se faire connaître des amateurs de Jazz de France Métropolitaine que par l'excellent disque qu'il a enregistré, il y a quelques années en Allemagne, sous l'étiquette SABA/MPS, aux côtés de Pony Poindexter, Leo Wright, Carmell Jones, Jimmy Woode, Fritz Pauer et Joe Nay, ainsi que d'Annie Ross.
La découverte relativement récente d´André Condouant par les Français de la métropole peut s´expliquer par trois raisons. En premier lieu, son arrivée de sa Guadeloupe natale en France métropolitaine, à Paris, ne date que de 1957. Il ne devait d´ailleurs pas demeurer longtemps à Paris.
En second lieu, à partir de 1962 et jusqu´à l'anée passée, André a vécu (et énormément tavaillé) en Suède, et dans les pays Scandinaves ainsi qu'en Allemagne.
Enfin, et ceci, hélas, n´est pas à l'honneur des vieux amateurs de jazz de France métropolitaine, il y eut, jusqu'à ces dix à quinze dernières années, un préjugé contre les musiciens d´origine antillaise, qui étaient supposés jouer mieux que quiconque "leur musique"... la musique antillaise… mais étaient médiocrement doués pour la musique de jazz.
Une telle opinion semble monstrueuse pour nous qui pouvons écouter quotidiennement, les musiciens de jazz antillais ou d'ascendance antillaise de la classe de Jacky Samson, Jacques Coursil, Bib Monville, Robert Mavounzy et d'autres. Aux Etats-Unis, notons-le bien, les choses, n'ont jamais été de même: il suffit de constater en quelle estime sont tenus, par leur confrères et par les amateurs de jazz, des musiciens nés dans les "Iles" ou dont les parents sont venus des West-Indies: Art Taylor, Sonny Rollins, Wynton Kelly, Cecil Payne, Walter Bishop, Kenny Drew, et des centaines d´autres.
Dans les pays scandinaves et en Allemagne, André Condouant commença une très belle carrière aux côtés de musiciens comme Idrees Sulieman, Leo Wright, Dexter Gordon, Kenny Drew, Benny Bailey, Ray Brown, Booker Ervin, Jaky Byard, Billy Brooks... Mais l´audition d´un bon disque est tellement plus convaincante que le texte imprimé au verso de la pochette...
Depuis le "groovy blues" qui porte ce si beau titre 'Brother Meeting' jusqu´à 'Astrakan' en passant par un autre "groovy blues": 'Blues For Wes', 'Short B N', 'Poema' et 'Ballad For Annie', André Condouant, Eddy Louiss, Percy Heath et Connie Kay ne feront que vous enchanter tout en confirmant, si besoin en était, leur valeur.

Melanchthon said...

Thank you guys...

Blue Eyes said...

Front & back covers LP André Condouant-Brother Meeting (Label: DEBS HDD 523, 1971, France)
http://www67.zippyshare.com/v/51857112/file.html ;-)

...et merci encore pour ton blog!

Albertito Jazz said...

Thanks Mel!

Paco's brother said...

An interesting discovery. It is a pity the sound recording and the type of stereophony does not emphasize more the cohesion of the group.
Thank you

Obil's Beanstalk said...

your commitment to posting amazing music regularly is so appreciated. thank you so much. I still enjoying the Benny Goodman Small Groups and yeah i will look this up as soon as i can.

3rdeyegal said...

Hello Melanchton,
the correct source of André Condouants biography text is his official website www.andrecoundouant.de, which by the way I (his daughter) have created and written. If you use parts of this website without asking, you at least could have put the right source!

daniel genovese said...

Hello Mel
Could re-up "André Condouant - Brother Meeting", please?
Thank you in advance.

Nick said...

Please Re-up this, this is a very rare record, and this is really hard to find, thanks.