Tuesday, February 18, 2014

AUDIO: Les Loups Noirs - Pile Ou Face

MUSIC: Les Loups Noirs - Pile Ou Face

The Caribbean is responsible for so much incredible music, it can be difficult to stay on top of it all. Haitian music in particular seems to have been broadly overlooked on a global scale. Our collection Haiti Direct (compiled by Hugo Mendez of Sofrito and out in January 2014) aims to offer an entry point to Haiti’s musical output of the 1960′s and 70′s, covering a variety of musical styles and interesting fusions. 'Pile Ou Face,' by Les Loups Noirs, offers a glimpse at some of the music included in the collection.

From the album’s liner notes:

Led by charismatic singer Gardner Lalanne, Les Loups Noirs (The Black Wolves) were extremely popular in the ’70s, touring extensively and recording across the Caribbean and in New York and Paris. ‘Pile ou Face’ (‘Heads or Tails’) is an uncharacteristically experimental instrumental that layers saxophones, swirling organ—and, eventually, Lalanne’s manic ad libs—over a rolling compas beat. It’s a great demonstration of the way that the timbales and percussion sections of the big bands were being replaced by stripped-back cowbell and kick drum at the beginning of the ‘70s.

BUY: Various Artists - Haiti Direct: Big Band, Mini Jazz & Twoubadou Sounds (1960-1978)

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