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Gazeuse Import

4.5 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Stellar Release Featuring Allan Holdsworth on Guitar.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Expresso
  2. Night Illusion
  3. Percolations: Parts 1 And 2
  4. Shadows Of
  5. Esnuria
  6. Mireille


Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 11, 1990)
  • Imported ed. edition
  • Original Release Date: June 11, 1990
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Europe Generic
  • ASIN: B000025JRF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,807 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
I heard of Gong and although I thought they were o.k., I gave up on them. I then heard that this second or third period of Gong is fusion mixed, I heard it and immediately bought it. Gong up to the mid 70's were spacey, trippy, strange vocals and I enjoyed that but was not crazy over them. The Gazeuse period is fantastic fusiony jazz featuring Holdsworth at his best, all instrumental as well as a focus on the vibes. This album was originally called Expresso in the U.K. and in the States titled Gazeuse. The next album is also killer, titled Expresso II which feautures more of the same but with a heavier emphasis on the glock/vibes. Gazeuse is a classic on par with Bruford's solos. If you have not heard this side of Gong, you better hear this one!!!
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For those fans of the Daevid Allen period of Gong, the shift from spacey prog rock to the realm of jazz-rock starting with the transitional Shamal album in 1975 must have come as a bit of a shock. Notwithstanding, their jazz-rock output during the 75-77 period is actually quite good and mirrors the shift from prog to jazz-rock exhibited by a lot of prog bands in the mid-late 1970's (PFM comes to mind). The Gazeuse album was released in 1976 and marks the full-blown emergence of Gong as an instrumental jazz rock outfit. Featured prominently on the album is the "world class" electric and acoustic guitar playing of virtuoso Alan Holdsworth (Soft Machine, U.K.) along with the superb drum/percussion work of the late Pierre Moerlen. Holdsworth's blindingly fast, legato lines on the electric/acoustic guitar are truly something to behold - I can't think of many people out there that play like him. Other musicians on the album include fretless bassist Francis Moze (one of many imitators of Weather Report bassist extraordinaire Jaco Pastorius), sax/flute player Didier Malherbe (who left Gong after this album), percussionist Mino Cinelou, Benoit Moerlen on vibraphone, and Mireille Bauer on vibraphone, marimba, glockenspiel, and toms. It is worth noting that mallet instruments are featured quite prominently and their use sets Gong apart from other jazz rock groups of the time including the synth heavy works of Weather Report and the nearly inhuman, impossibly fast playing of the synth heavy Return to Forever. As somebody who listens to jazz rock in addition to (tons of) prog, I can say that as far as jazz-rock goes this is a pretty good album.Read more ›
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By A Customer on September 14, 1999
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A superbly crafted studio album. It's bouncy and atmospheric at the same time. There isn't one bad note. It has nothing to do with funk but can be easily classified as a fusion record. I love it! One of the Top 10 albums of all time. Here's that other star you deserve *.
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Allan Holdsworth - Guitars Pedal Steel, Violin

Mireille Bauer - Percussion, Glockenspiel, Marimba, Tom-Tom, Vibraphone

Mino Cinelu - Percussion

Didier Malherbe - Flute, Sax

Benoit Moerlen - Percussion, Vibraphone

Pierre Moerlen - Drums, Glockenspiel, Marimba, Tympani, Vibraphone

Francis Moze - Pianos, Gong, Fretless Bass

Having left the Planet Gong far far behind, drummer Pierre Moerlen had taken the helm of Gong from the departed Daevid Allen and completely recast it as a fusion band, starting with the previous effort Shamal

Here, what sounded tentative on Shamal became incredibly confident on Gazeuse, aided no doubt by the strong writing and playing of that mercurial guitar stylist Allan Holdsworth. All the elements of a successful change were in place, strong melody, rhythms that never lapsed into tedium, a unique frontline of twin vibes and strong compositions to boot.

My favorite pieces tend to be the Allan Holdsworth ones like the mysterious and intense "Shadows Of-Pts 1&2" (featuring Allan doing a snarly ring-modulated solo) and the soaring "Night Illusion". "Percolations 1 and 2" is Pierre Moerlen's chance to shine bringing the whole affaire to a rousing conclusion with one of the most captivating drum solos ever put on record (and believe me, I normally can't sit through drum solos but this is one serious exception)! Very untypical is the romantic ballad "Mirielle" at the end, it's romantic and colorful without being in any way sappy or cloying. Without vocals to mess it up, it gets its point across beautifully, not unlike a first kiss with someone you are madly in love with.
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This album, called Expresso in the US, MADE jazz-fusion what it became... period! Gong with Allan Holdsworth! There isn't a poor SECOND on this record! I read a top 500 reviewer from this site who canned this record. I am sorry, but the guy is simply an idiot! This IS my favorite prog record even today!!! Incredible playing, concise, inventive... just flat out Genius. Sorry dude, don't listen to fusion or even rock and roll for that matter because THIS IS THE BEST! Flawless spin!
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