Dienstag, 2. Februar 2010

BYG part 1

BYG Label Listing by Lukas H. Lindenmaier (part 1)

(some small additions and corrections plus addition of covers by Michael Frohne)




The label byg-actuel was founded in summer 1969 in Paris (F) by drummer/musicologist Jacques Delcloo and photographer Jacques Biscglia. Jean Georgakarakos acted as a business director for the company, Jean-Luc Young as something like an A&R manager and co-producer for the byg-actuel series; most issues are signed as "produced by Jean Georgakarakos & Jean-Luc Young". The company was active recording in Paris studios as well as other venues from summer 1969 on until late 1970. These recordings were released in an almost uniform package design in a series originaly numbered 529.301 - 529.352.
Byg also had another series on the European market, without the "actuel"-suffix, and in a quite different package design, mostly dealing with reissues from the American Savoy catalogue as well as other historical jazz recordings. The company output also included a series of low-priced albums on the "Monkey" sub-label, and sampler compilations under the "byg", byg-actuel, or "Monkey" flags.
The records - all in 12" vinyl format - were on the regular market from fall 1969 on until around 1972, when they became bargain items in the cutout bins. Some of the byg-actuel albums also appeared in European (mostly French and German) Metronome catalogues. In the later 70's some of the byg-actuel albums have been reissued in Japan, mostly by the Toho Co. The Japanese Byg series also included originals or reissues from sources other than the byg-actuel series; these recordings are not included in the following listing.
Part of the byg-actuel catalogue has been reproduced in the 80's by Affinity, a sub of the British Charly-Records-Co.; most of these remain available in the contemporary CD format.
Rather than discussing the copyright situation or commercial fairness of byg-actuel and subsequent productions, this present publication is about to document an important chapter of recorded activities by Afro-American and European artists in the so-called "Free Jazz Scene" of the late 60's: actuel was avant-garde at the time - history today.
The following listing is the reproduction of a first draft typoscript. The author welcomes all corrections and additions concerning session information and/or issues.
Information as reported is drawn from original liner notes and labels. Details have been added or corrected upon audition. Obvious misspellings in the originals have been corrected wthout further notice. The name of the sound engineer at Saravah studios appears in various spellings (Vallancien, Valancien, Valencien etc.) in the original liner notes and is now adapted to "Daniel Valencien" throughout.

compiled by H.L.Lindenmaier / D-79098 Freiburg

Addition information:
The discography is not at all obsolete. But since the first issue many re-issues on CD, high quality LPs and CDs as well as bootlegs in various forms swamp the market.
Sadly my good friend Lukas died in 2014. Due to his illness there was no time to include all editions.
Michael Frohne - 2016


PAUL BLEY - RAMBLIN' 66-0701

1.7.1966, Studio RCA, Roma (I): Paul Bley p; Mark Levinson b; Barry Altschul dm.

executive Producer: Alberto Alberti (1); sound engineer: unknown.

A1 Both (Peacock) 9:27 529.313
A2 Albert's Love Theme (Bley) 9:19 -------
A3 Ida Lupino (Bley) 3:29 -------
B1 Ramblin' (Coleman) 5:45 ------- BYG23 Monkey(F)MY40020
B2 Touching (Peacock) 7:27 -------
B3 Mazatalon (Bley) 7:30 -------

Issues:

529.313 PAUL BLEY - RAMBLIN'
= Byg(J)YX2038
= Byg(J)YX6058
= Affinity(GB)AFF37
BYG23 (va) NEW THING (2LP)
Monkey(F)MY40020 (va) JAZZ OF THE 60'S - FREE JAZZ (2LP)

Notes: (1) session initially (1966) produced by Paul Bley and Alberto Alberti, eventually (1969) purchased by Byg-Actuel.




JOACHIM KÜHN - SOUNDS OF FEELINGS 69-0125

25.1.1969, Studio der Windrose, Hamburg (D): Joachim Kühn p,as,shenai,fl,tambourine, bells,voc; Jean-Francois Jenny-Clarke b,fl,bells,voc; Aldo Romano dm,fl,tambourine, bells,voc. (1)

executive producer: Joachim Kühn (2); sound engineer: Henning Ruete.

A1 Shadows, Wherever We Turn (Kühn) 6:40 (JK p) 529.317
A2 Scandal (Kühn) 3:50 (JK p) -------
A3 Western Meaning (Kühn) 8:21 (JK p,as) -------
A4 Gaby Love (Kühn) 4:07 (JK p) -------
B1 El Dorado (Kühn) 6:06 (JK p,shenai) -------
(unidentified fl,voc)
B2 In The Middle Of The Way (Kühn) 6:37 (JK p,as,shenai) -------
(unidentified fl,voc)
B3 Welcome (3) (Coltrane) 4:38 (JK p) -------

Issues:
529.317 JOACHIM KÜHN - SOUNDS OF FEELINGS

Notes: (1) exact personnel for fl,voc,perc is not evident, especially tracks B1, B2.
(2) session produced by Joachim Kühn, eventually (late 1969) sold to
Byg-Actuel.
(3) as "Wellcome" on both liner notes and sticker label.


MEV MUSICA ELETTRONICA VIVA - THE SOUND POOL 69-0500A

.5.1969, unknown location, possibly Paris (F): Constance Abernathy, Michael Asso, Bert, Michael Blake, Barbara Bryant, Carius, Franco Cataldi, Ivan Coaquette, Patricia Coaquette, Alvin Curran, Chaia Gerstein, Jeff Levine, Jean-Marie Poiret, Frederic Rzewski, Nicole Rzewski, Richard Teiltelbaum - unidentified instrumentations.

executive producer: Denys Lémery (1) sound engineer: Alvin Curran (2)

A1 The Sound Pool (unknown) pt.1 4:55 + 17:02 529.326
B1 The Sound Pool (unknown) pt.2 6:50 + 14:00 -------

Issues: 529.326 MEV MUSICA ELETTRONICA VIVA - THE SOUND POOL

Notes: (1) Most probably not an original byg-actuel production, purchased late 1969 or early 1970.
(2) Live recording by Alvin Curran, using a monoraul tape recorder in an unidentified concert location.


BURTON GREENE - AQUARIANA 69-0609

9.6.1969, Studio Saravah, Paris (F): Jacques Coursil tp; Arthur Jones as; Didier Malherbe fl,shenai (1); Burton Greene p,harp,perc,voc (2); Beb Guérin b; Dieter Gewissler b; Claude Delcloo dm.

executive producer: Claude Delcloo; sound engineer: Daniel Valencien;
coordination: Jacques Bisceglia.

A1 Aquarius Suite (Greene)
a) Mystery
b) Eastern
c) Piano Trio
d) Interpretation
e) Basses Painters
f) Aquariana total 19:24 (3) 529.308

same date / location: Arthur Jones as; Didier Malherbe fl,shenai (4); Burton Greene p; Beb Guérin b; Dieter Gewissler b; Claude Delcloo dm.

B1 From "Out Of Bartok" (Greene) 5:10 529.308 529.610

same date / location: Jacques Coursil tp (5); Arthur Jones as; Burton Greene p,harp; Beb Guérin b; Dieter Gewissler b; Claude Delcloo dm.

B2 Two-One-Two Vibrations (Greene) 18:30 529.308

Issues:
529.308 BURTON GREENE - AQUARIANA

Notes: (1) not mentioned in liner notes, definitely audible in track A1.
(2) instrumentation for Burton Greene incomplete in liner notes; most probably he is the vocalist audible in A1.
(3) erroneousely 10:24 in liner notes, 18:24 on sticker label.
(4) according to liner notes, but not audible in track B1.
(5) not mentioned in liner notes, definitely audible in track B2.


KENNETH TERROADE - LOVE REJOICE 69-0610A

10.6.1969, Studio Saravah, Paris (F): Kenneth Terroade ts,fl (1); Ronnie Beer as,ts, fl (1); Evan Chandley bcl,fl (1); Francois Tusques p,balafon; Beb Guérin b; Earl Freeman b; Claude Delcloo dm.

executive producer: Claude Delcloo; sound engineer: Daniel Valencien;
coordination: Jacques Bisceglia.

A1 Blessing (Terroade-Beer) (2) 17:25 529.322
B1 Love Rejoice (Terroade) 17:55 -------

Issues: 529.322 KENNETH TERROADE - LOVE REJOICE

Notes: (1) a piccolo-fl audible in both A1 and B1 is played by either one of the flutists.
(2) Jean-Max Michel's liner notes state "... compositions by Terroade and Beer ..." as basic material for this session. Since "Love Rejoice" is a Terroade original, "Blessing" might in fact be a Beer original, or another, third (unknown and unissued) composition, Beer original, has been recorded on this date.


JACQUES COURSIL - BLACK SUITE 69-0610B

10.6.1969, Studio Saravah, Paris (F): Jacques Coursil tp; Arthur Jones as; Anthony Braxton cbcl; Burton Greene p; Beb Guérin b; Claude Delcloo dm.

executive producer: Jacques Bisceglia; sound engineer: Daniel Valencien.

A1 Black Suite pt.1 (Coursil) 18:09 529.349
B1 Black Suite pt.2 (Coursil) 13:12 -------

Issues: 529.349 JACQUES COURSIL - BLACK SUITE
= America(F)30AM6111


ART ENSEMBLE OF CHICAGO - A JACKSON IN YOUR HOUSE 69-0623

23.6.1969, prob. Studio Saravah, Paris (F): Lester Bowie tp,flh,perc,voc; Roscoe Mitchell ss,as,bcl,fl,perc,misc,voc; Joseph Jarman ss,as,cl,oboe,fl,mar,vib,perc,
misc,voc; Malachi Favors b,e-b,bj,perc,misc,voc.

executive producer: Jacques Bisceglia; sound engineer: prob. Daniel Valencien.

A1 A Jackson In Your House (Mitchell) 5:40 529.302 529.204 Aff(GB)CDAFF752
(band voc)

A2 Get In Line (Mitchell) 5:42 529.302 529.204 Aff(GB)CDAFF752
(LB voc) Monkey(F)MY40020

A3 The Waltz (Mitchell) 1:12 (1)(2) 529.302 529.204 529.610 BYG23

B1 Ericka (Jarman) (into) (3) 529.302 529.204 Aff(GB)CDAFF752
(RM or JJ voc) Monkey(F)MY40015

B2 Song For Charles (Mitchell) 21:10 529.302 529.204 Aff(GB)CDAFF752
(band voc) Monkey(F)MY40015

Issues:
529.302 ART ENSEMBLE OF CHICAGO - A JACKSON IN YOUR HOUSE
= Byg(J)YX2027 = Byg(J)YX8027 = Affinity(GB)AFF9 = Metronome(D)MLP15370
529.204 ART ENSEMBLE OF CHICAGO (2LP) = Byg(J)YX9005/9006
529.610 (va) HISTORY OF JAZZ VOL.10 (1)
BYG23 (va) NEW THING (2LP)
Monkey(F)MY40015 ART ENSEMBLE OF CHICAGO (2LP)
Monkey(F)MY40020 (va) JAZZ OF THE 60'S - FREE JAZZ (2LP)
Affinity(GB)CDAFF752 ART ENSEMBLE OF CHICAGO - A JACKSON IN YOUR HOUSE - MESSAGE TO OUR FOLKS (2)

Notes: (1) as "Get In Line" on 529.610
(2) on Affinity(GB)CDAFF752 "The Waltz" is replaced by "Hey Friend (Mitchell)" (6:00). "..."The Waltz" is indeed missing from CD AFF 752 because our master of The Waltz was of inferior quality for reproduction on CD. "Hey Friend" is from the same session date as "A Jackson In Your House"..."
- Joop Visser, Charly Records Ltd., 25.9.1990. In fact, "Hey Friend" has nothing to do with this session; the track as released on Affinity(GB)CDAFF752 obviously is from an unidentified concert recording, most probably late 1969, or 1970.
(3) B1 and B2 appear as one continuous track on all issues.

JACQUES COURSIL UNIT - WAY AHEAD 69-0707/-0708

7.+8.7.1969, Studio Saravah, Paris (F): Jacques Coursil tp; Arthur Jones as; Beb Guérin b; Claude Delcloo dm.

executive producer: Jacques Bisceglia; sound engineer: Daniel Valencien.

A1 Duke (Coursil) 10:10 529.319
A2 Fidel (Coursil) 7:51 -------
B1 Paper (Dixon) 18:45 -------

Issues:
529.319 JACQUES COURSIL UNIT - WAY AHEAD


ARCHIE SHEPP - LIVE AT THE PANAFRICAN FESTIVAL 69-0729

29.7.1969, Panafrican Festival, Algiers: Clifford Thornton co; Grachan Moncur III tb; Archie Shepp ts; unidentified Algerian musicians (shenais, perc).

executive producer: Jacques Bisceglia; sound engineer: Barney Wilen.

A1 Brotherhood At Ketchaoua (Shepp) 15:45 529.351 529.203


69-0730

30.7.1969, Panafrican Festival, Algiers: Clifford Thornton co; Archie Shepp ts,voc; Dave Burrell p; Alan Silva b; Sunny Murray dm; Ted Joans poetry-reading; Don Lee poetry-reading; unidentified Algerian and Touareg musicians (shenais,perc).

A2 We Have Come Back pt.1 (Joans-Shepp) 7:00 529.351 529.203
B1 We Have Come Back pt.2 (Joans-Shepp) 23:41 ------- -------

Issues: 529.351 ARCHIE SHEPP - LIVE AT THE PANAFRICAN FESTIVAL
= Affinity(GB)AFF41
529.203 ARCHIE SHEPP (2LP)



ARTHUR JONES - SCORPIO 69-0800A

.8.1969, Studio Saravah, Paris (F): Arthur Jones as; Beb Guérin b; Claude Delcloo dm.

executive producer: Jacques Bisceglia; sound engineer: Daniel Valencien.

A1 C.R.M. (Jones) 10:05 529.350
A2 B.T. (Jones) 8:00 -------
B1 Sad Eyes (Jones) 13:03 -------
B2 Brother B. (Jones) 7:18 -------

Issues: 529.350 ARTHUR JONES - SCORPIO
= America(F)30AM6112 (1)

Notes: (1) the tracks appear in altered sequence on America(F)30AM6112:
A1 C.R.M. / A2 Sad Eyes / B1 B.T. / B2 Brother B.


ANDREW CYRILLE - WHAT ABOUT ? 69-0811A

11.8.1969, Studio Saravah, Paris (F): Andrew Cyrille dm,perc.

executive producer: Jacques Bisceglia; sound engineer: Claude Jauvert.

A1 What About? (Cyrille) 12:52 529.316
A2 From Whence I Came (Cyrille) 10:00 -------
B1 Rhythmical Space (Cyrille) 12:22 -------
B2 Rims And Things (Cyrille) 6:55 -------
B3 Pioneering (Cyrille) 4:35 (1) -------

Issues: 529.316 ANDREW CYRILLE - WHAT ABOUT ?
= Affinity(GB)AFF75

Notes: (1) recorded with multitrack overdubbing technique.


GRACHAN MONCUR III - NEW AFRICA 69-0811B

11.8.1969, prob. Studio Saravah, Paris (F): Grachan Moncur III tb; Roscoe Mitchell as,piccolo-fl; Archie Shepp ts ((1)only); Dave Burrell p; Alan Silva b; Andrew Cyrille dm.

executive producer: Jacques Bisceglia; sound engineer: Claude Jauvert.

A1 New Africa (Moncur III) 17:30 529.321 529.205
1st movement: Queen Tamam
2nd movement: New Africa
3rd movement: Black Call
4th movement: Ethiopian Market

A2 Space Spy (Moncur III) 7:01 529.321 529.205 529.360 BYG23 Monkey(F)MY40020

B1 Exploration (Moncur III) 10:45 529.321 529.205

B2 When (Moncur III) 12:18 (1) 529.321 529.205

Issues: 529.321 GRACHAN MONCUR III - NEW AFRICA
= Affinity(GB)AFF38
= Picadilly-PIC3520 AFRICAN CONCEPTS
529.205 GRACHAN MONCUR (2LP)
529.610 (va) HISTORY OF JAZZ VOL.10
BYG23 (va) NEW THING (2LP)


ARCHIE SHEPP - YASMINA, A BLACK WOMAN 69-0812A

12.8.1969, prob. Studio Saravah, Paris (F): Clifford Thornton co; Lester Bowie tp; Arthur Jones as; Archie Shepp ts,voc; Roscoe Mitchell bass-s; Dave Burrell p; Malachi Favors b; Earl Freeman b; Philly Joe Jones dm; Sunny Murray dm; Art Taylor logs; Laurence Devereaux balafon.

executive producer: Jacques Bisceglia; sound engineer: Claude Jauvert.

A1 Yasmina (Shepp) 20:00 (1) 529.304 529.203 Monkey(F)MY40003 Affinity(GB)CDAFF771

same date/location: Archie Shepp ts; Hank Mobley ts; Dave Burrell p; Malachi Favors b; Philly Joe Jones dm.

B1 Sonny's Back (Moncur III) 13:58 529.304 529.203 Affinity(GB)CDAFF771

B2 Body And Soul (Heyman-Green-Sour) 6:20 529.304 529.203 Monkey(F)MY40003 (HM out) Affinity(GB)CDAFF771 BYG23

Issues: 529.304 ARCHIE SHEPP - YASMINA, A BLACK WOMAN
= Byg(J)YX2031 = Affinity(GB)AFF21 = Auvi-Affinity(E)L6AF359
529.203 ARCHIE SHEPP (2LP)
Monkey(F)MY40003 ARCHIE SHEPP (1)
BYG23 (va) NEW THING (2LP)
Affinity(GB)CDAFF771 ARCHIE SHEPP - YASMINA, A BLACK WOMAN / POEM FOR MALCOLM

Notes: (1) as "Yasmina, A Black Woman" on Monkey(F)MY40003.


ART ENSEMBLE OF CHICAGO - A.A.C.M. GREAT BLACK MUSIC /
MESSAGE TO OUR FOLKS 69-0812B

12.8.1969, Studio Saravah, Paris (F): Lester Bowie tp,flh,b-dm,horns; Roscoe Mitchell ss,as,bass-s,cl,fl,cymbals, gongs,cga,logs,bells,siren,whistle,steel-dm; Joseph Jarman ss,as,cl,oboe,fl, mar,vib,g,cga,bells,gongs,whistle,siren; Malachi Favors b,e-b,bj,zither,perc.

executive producer: (most prob.) Jacques Bisceglia;
sound engineer: (most prob.) Claude Jauvert.

A1 Old Time Religion (trad.) 7:37 529.328 529.204 Aff(GB)CDAFF752

A2 Dexterity (Parker) 4:03 529.328 529.204 Aff(GB)CDAFF752 BYG23

A3 Rock Out (Mitchell) 8:34 529.328 529.204 Aff(GB)CDAFF752 Monkey(F)MY40020

B1 A Brain For The Seine 20:43 (Bowie-Mitchell- 529.328 529.204 Aff(GB)CDAFF752 Jarman-Favors) (1) Monkey(F)MY40015

Issues: 529.328 ART ENSEMBLE OF CHICAGO - A.A.C.M. GREAT BLACK MUSIC / MESSAGE TO OUR FOLKS = Byg(J)YX8029
529.204 ART ENSEMBLE OF CHICAGO (2LP) = Byg(J)9005/9006
Monkey(F)MY40015 ART ENSEMBLE OF CHICAGO (2LP)
Monkey(F)MY40020 (va) JAZZ OF THE 60'S - FREE JAZZ (2LP)
BYG23 (va) NEW THING (2LP)
Affinity(GB)CDAFF752 ART ENSEMBLE OF CHICAGO - A JACKSON IN YOUR HOUSE - MESSAGE TO OUR FOLKS

Notes: (1) "A Brain For The Seine" as to run 22:00 on Byg-529.328 and but 20:45 on Monkey(F)MY40015; both issues definitely from the same (20:43) master.

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