Wednesday, 14 February 2018
Jean-François Pauvros & Gaby Bizien - No Man's Land (1976)
The main mode of operation is generally echoed/speed shifted/otherwise mutated bits of guitar from Pauvros (occasionally bringing Fred Frith to mind) and free percussion from Bizien, as in the opening title track, Barre D'Etel and Dr Livingstone I Presume. Elsewhere, the more audio-verite free improvs of Plage De Bling sound like a sort of Berrocal/Tazartès hybrid, and Bizien gets to work on some nice melodic percussion on Gloire A L'Aeropostale while Pauvros swishes away in the background. Wish they'd done another couple of records together to develop this sound, but No Man's Land is a great rewarding listen for its uniqueness.