Yochk'o Seffer / Neffesh Music — Ghilgoul
(Musea FGBG 4145.AR, 1978/1995, CD)
by Mike McLatchey, Published 1995-11-01For those who read Exposé, sax genius Yochk'o Seffer should be well known. Practically the John Coltrane of French fusion and new music, Seffer's touch has graced many classics from early Magma, through Zao, Perception and Speed Limit, and a range of solo records among which his Neffesh Music "trilogy" are certainly among his best works. Ghilgoul was the last of the Neffesh Music albums, an incredibly conceived album and arguably the best of the three. Neffesh music is basically a trio (piano/sax, bass and drums) plus the Quatour Margand, a string quartet roughly the same as the one on Zao's Shekina. In fact Shekina is a good pointer to what Ghilgoul is like — an East European/modern classical/jazz/ rock/fusion of extreme originality and an angular almost indescribable music. While Zao was more jazz oriented, Neffesh Music was more classical, somewhat in the Stravinsky/Bartok axis. Great playing from all around, 20 minutes of excellent bonus tracks from a later Canadian version of Neffesh Music that never made it to vinyl, and Yochk'o's expressive soprano sax playing — what more do you need?
Related artist(s): Yochk'o Seffer
Wolfgang Dauner RIP – Pianist Wolfgang Dauner, one of the pioneers of both European free jazz and jazz rock, has died at the age of 84. With his own groups and with the United Jazz+Rock Ensemble, his playing and compositions were a prominent presence in European jazz from the mid-60s until just recently. » Read more
Michael Allison RIP – Michael Allison, who since 1997 has been recording as Darshan Ambient, passed away on January 9th after a long and brave battle with cancer. He has been at at the forefront of the new ambient/electronic music scene, with over eighteen releases to his credit. » Read more
Neil Peart RIP – One of rock music's defining drummers has died at the age of 67. Neil Peart's work with Rush provided one of the templates for percussion in rock, and he certainly ranks in the top ten most influential drummers of the 20th Century. Peart retired from playing in 2015 due to health issues, and succumbed to brain cancer on January 7, 2020. » Read more
Joel Vandroogenbroeck RIP – Word has reached us of the death of Joel Vandroogenbroeck, best known as one of the founders of Brainticket, He also recorded electronic music under a variety of names. He was born August 25th, 1938 in Brussels, Belgium and died December 23, 2019 in Arlesheim, Switzerland, aged 81. » Read more