Boomkat Product Review:
Revelatory reissue of Barney Wilen’s ambitious jazz-fusion journey, Moshi (1972), presenting the legendary French jazzman and Miles Davis-sideman’s wildly ambitious effort fusing recordings of Pygmy tribes with African rhythms and stellar avantjazz leanings, sounding little like anything before or since its release.
Newly available for first time in 30 years, this faithful, deluxe SouffleContinu reissue, now including an amazing DVD documentary, is a total must-have for fans of anything from Jon Hassell and Brian Eno’s hyperstitions to Sublime Frequencies’ Saharan rock jaunts or the fantasy trips of Spencer Clark!
“In 1970 Barney Wilen assembled a team of filmmakers, technicians and musicians to travel to Africa for the purpose of recording the music of the native Pygmy tribes. Upon returning to Paris two years later he created Moshi, a dark eccentric effort fusing avantjazz sensibilities with African rhythms, ambient sounds effects and melodies rooted in American Blues traditions.
Cut with French and African players including guitarist Pierre Chaze, pianist Michel Griller and percussionist Didier Leon, this is music with few precedents or followers, spanning from extraterrestrial dissonance to earthbound, street legal funk. Wilen pays little heed to conventional structure, assembling tracks like Africa Freak Out and Zombizar from spare parts of indeterminate origins. - Jason Ankeny, AMG”