Import – ∫∫07 – The Way – Marius Cultier

Import – ∫∫07 – The Way – Marius Cultier

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marius cultier西インド諸島/マルティニーク出身、フレンチ・カリビアン・グルーヴの雄マリウ・クルティエによる、代表作「Ouelele Souskai」(1975)と双璧をなす1976年傑作(原盤:MAGIDISCO LP1001)。

ジャズとカリブの伝統音楽の融合を果たし、またサウンドデザイナーとしての独特のセンスと尽きることのないアイデア、新しいサウンドの模索によって超弩級のカリビアン・グルーヴを世界に轟かせたマリウ・クルティエ。
前作と比べ、よりサルサ色の強い本作。オープニングはピロートークに始まる洗練されたメロウ・ソウル。キャッチーな混声スキャットが印象に残るサルサのA2、甘く切ないラテン・ソウルのA4。怒濤のパーカッションに乗せてテクノ・ファンク調のシンセが唸るB4。全曲フロア対応/捨て曲一切なしの、奇跡のレアグルーヴ作品。

Martinique is an island in the Lesser Antilles, a group of islands in the Caribbean Sea found between the Greater Antilles (Jamaica, Cuba, and Puerto Rica) to the north-west and the continent of South America to the south. Martinique is one of the eighteen regions of France (there are five overseas regions) and an integral part of the French Republic. As part of France, Martinique is also part of the European Union, and its currency is the Euro. The official language is French, and virtually the entire population speaks Antillean Creole. It was first claimed by France in 1635 under the reign of King Louis XIII.

Located geographically closer to the United States than to Europe, the Antilles absorbed jazz and mixed it with the traditional rhythms of their islands: the Biguine, Gwo Ka, Tumbélé. Many artists over the years have explored this uniquely affecting mix: D’Alexandre Stellio, Jean-Claude Montredon, Al Lirvat, Acques Coursil and Mario Caning. But one of the best exemplars of this fusing of American jazz and the Antillean musical tradition was pianist and composer Marius Cultier.
Marius Cultier was born in 1942 in Fort-de-France, Martinique. A precocious talent for an early age, at nine he conducted with the L’Office de Radiodiffusion-Télévision Fançaise, the French national public broadcasting organisation.

As a young man, Cultier hosted a radio show, ‘Punch en Musique,’ which proved a hit with the public and his name and reputation slowly built. Tragedy struck him at 14 when he was orphaned and he was looked after by this elder sister.

As tragic as 1956 proved for Cultier, it was to be a watershed year for another reason – it was the year he discovered jazz. It wasn’t long before he was fusing the musical styles and language of the West Indies with jazz and he began live performances at the Hôtel l’Impératrice.

Very quickly Cultier became an in-demand concert attraction in Martinique and venue owners soon began to book him across the island. His reputation grew and before long he was also performing across the Caribbean.

As his stature grew, he began to receive accolades and prizes, including the International Piano Conquest prize in Puerto Rico for his performance of “Round Midnight”.
He went to Canada in 1966 – initially for a few weeks – where he stayed for several years. Whilst there he met and played with established jazz artists before continuing his journey in the United States, and then Europe, where he played in Paris at the Palais des Congrès at the invitation of the then President, Valérie Giscard D’Estaing, before returning to Martinique in 1973.

 

Cat#:

Format: LP
CAT#: ∫∫07LP
ARTIST: Marius Cultier
TITLE: The Way
Originally released as: Magidisco ‎LP 1001 (1976, Martinique)
BARCODE: 4560312319628

・AscENsioNàLeは、EATINGSTANDING社/Enzo Zangaglia氏による復刻プロジェクトです。

Lineup:

Marius Cultier (leader, acoustic & electric piano, synthesizer, vocal)
R. Thamar (vocal, percussion)
A. Theodose (bass)
D. Dantin (drums, percussion)
Phene J.M. (congas except B3)
M. Lagier (violin)
J. Bernard (bass on A4, B3)
Giselle Cultier (vocals, percussion, effects)

Tracks:

A1. The Way It Should Be
A2. Eso Guede
A3. Easy
A4. Nathalie
A5. Piano A Marius Cultier

B1. Qui Coule Manman-Ou
B2. Nestor: Ti Patte
B3. Ochung
B4. Zouk
B5. Ce Roule Man Ka Roule