Saturday, July 21, 2012

Fal Frett - Fal Frett (1976)






First album from the band "Fal Frett" - you may have seen their second album at The Growing Bin last month.

Big thanks to Orangefunk for ripping and donating this album, and please give him some thanks in the comments!

Looked for some history on this album and found some in a Googlebooks excerpt from Brenda F Berrian's book "Awakening Spaces : French Caribbean Popular Song, Music and Culture". Successfully grabbed the text with free OCR software and here we are :

"One of the most talented families on the contemporary Martinician musical arena is the Barnards. The grandfather, Armand, was a violinist, and his sons Gaëtan and Parfait continued the tradition : the former was another violinist and the latter, a keyboard player.

Raised in a household where music totally surrounded them, it was only natural for Parfait's sons Alex, Jacky and Nicol to love playing instruments. Alex, the oldest and a bass player, is the only full-time musician among the brothers since he quit his job at the Hopital de la Meynard. He studied with Edmond Michalon and, as a bass player, joined the jeunesse Etudiante Catholique (Catholic student youth group), to which other aspiring musicians belonged, such as the pianist Paulo Rosine and the flutist Serge Lossen. In 1969, he joined the Merry Lads, which evolved into Malavoi, and he continues to play with the band today. Furthermore, between the two disbandments of Malavoi in the 1970s, Alex took the opportunity to go on tour in Canada with Marius Cultier.

The multiple instrumentalist Jacky, born four years after Alex, commenced playing the piano at age eleven. In 1970, he passed his baccalaureate and left to study law in Paris at the Faculty of Assas. While there he began to perform at Caribbean venues and worked in the recording studios. ln 1975, he returned to Martinique where he played the piano and keyboard in piano bars, especially at the Inn of Monsieur Duban in the town of Riviere Salée.

Nicol, the youngest of the three, born in 1956, familiarized himself with several instruments, but at age fourteen, he seriously studied the bongos and other percussion with Colette Frantz and eventually with Henri Guédon. Since then Nicol has become known as an accomplished percussionist. In 1969, Nicol participated in a jazz concert with his brothers at the Cercle Martiniquais. Afterward, he left to study in Paris, where he became a member of Guédon’s newly composed Cosmos Zouk. 

At age nineteen in 1976, he returned to Martinique and agreed with his brothers, Jacky Alpha, and Bid Monville to create Fal Frett. In 1976, Fanny Augiac proposed that Fal Frett should make its debut before the public at the Centre Martiniquais d’Action Culturelle (CMAC). The band’s first concert repertoire was taken from its first record Fal Frett, which was released by Jacky Nayaradou’s 3A Productions. Afterward, Ralph Thamar and Robin Vautor joined the band, with Jacky Bernard functioning as the leader on the second album In the Wake of the Sunshine. Jacky was responsible for organizing the program so that the music in each set followed harmonic key changes. 

In general, what makes Fal Frett stand out is the band's distinctive sound, which some call jazz fusion. This is in reference to the band’s incorporation of traditional Martinican musical themes and an extension of them along more jazzy lines." 

Fal Frett apparently means "the action of being overcome, gripped or stunned by something".

Fal Frett – Fal Frett
LP 3A [3A 0093] (1976)

Bass - Alex Bernard
Drums - Jacky Alpha
Rhodes - Jacky Bernard
Percussions - Nicol Bernard
Saxophones, Composer - Bid Monville

Tracks 1-5 composed by Jacky Bernard
Track 6 by Bid Monville

1. Fal Frett
2. En Devirant
3. Baza-Bar
4. Untel
5. Picom
6. Biguilla


43 comments:

  1. Thanks to OrangeFunk and you Simon for sharing this album ! nice rhodes solo on the preview tune :)

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  2. Thanks Simon! I first heard this LP on youtube in the clip you posted and was knocked out by the groove and long fender rhodes solo in a way which I had not been since first listening to 70s Herbie records 25 years or more ago... was dismayed to see the LP for 150E but managed to get a cheaper copy eventually...

    Nice detective work from Simon on the Bernard brothers...

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  3. Muchas gracias, Simon666.

    There is, indeed, never enough Rhodes, and I am grateful that you find me some.

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  4. Thanks Orangefunk for this album!

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  5. Thanks for finding this album
    Any chance to upload a mediafire link, thank you

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  6. hi - no sorry, sticking with rapidshare - the links last longer, and so it's less work for me.
    You're welcome to download it, pt it up on mediafire and post the link here if you like.

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  7. great come back

    this album is a bomb

    thanks a lot

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  8. Thanks for the mediafire re-up T Corrector, and thanks all for comments :)

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  9. Thanks so much, Orangefunk!!

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  10. Many thanks Simon and to Orangefunk, this is real quality.

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  11. Μany many thanks Simon and all due respect Orangefunk for your generosity!

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  12. THANKS ! Before sunny holidays last weeks, I was just looking for this LP while diggin' for Synthesis, Guy Boulanger Floyd and Michael Maller / Muriel Baroty

    How lucky I am now !!Thanks to OrangeFunk and you Simon

    Bonnes vacances à tous
    Gildas

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  13. Welcome back Simon. This is a very special album for me as it brings back a lot of memories. In the late seventies / early eighties i spent 4 years in the Eastern Caribbean. At night I would try to get Radio Martinique on my small radio to get some "european news" and one day i heard this amazing martiniquan band playing in a Return-to-Forever style. It was Fal Frett. I really dug the music but never manage to find the LP until it was posted a while ago on a blog. Beautiful music and it's great to bring it to the attention of a larger audience. Cheers

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  14. Thank you very much for this great album!

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  15. Thank you Orangefunk and Simon for this fine posting,the rhodes sound is so rich,delicious.

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  16. Wow fantastic post ! Merci infiniment Orangefunk et Simon . Fantastic music from the french west indies. Truly deserve more recognition. But still no reissue and original lps are very expensive.

    Peace

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  17. Wow what a nice bunch of comments! Thanks guys! Glad this LP means a lot to you all!

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  18. Mediafire account suspended due to 43 violations of service. That's why I'm staying with Rapidshare - it lasts.

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  19. Thank you very much! Great solo on the sample track. I can't wait to hear the rest of this.

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  20. Thanks to OrangeFunk and Simon for making this happen.Thanks for all you are doing on this Blog. R and B,Soul,Funk and Jazz (Fusion) Fans are still out here.

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  21. Sounds great! Many thanks

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  22. Thank you for sharing such a great music!

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  23. how does one download the files from rapidshare? i keep getting this error.

    Download parameters invalid - please try again later.

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  24. Works fine here... try refreshing your browser or clearing the cache..

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  25. e x t r e m e l y cool record! Thanks a lot!

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  26. Hi
    Thanks for this terrific post

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  27. My ears and soul thank you.

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  28. Muchas Gracias!!!

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  29. This is amazing! I spoke Alex Last year and He told me that most of the masters are gone! This is precious! I am looking for Fal Frett 3 the one with Ziriguidum and Chal Babi! anyone?

    ME

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  30. Thanks for open our ears to lots of incredible music like this. And I'm talking about the music and all that effort providing information.

    In the last years I've bought a lot of records after I discovered them here.

    Thanks to Orangefunk, to you and whoever helped to keep your bloggin' work alive.

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  31. Thankz Simon!!! Rhodes Blog is the best thing going!!

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  32. Even the mediafire repost is deleted now (june 2013) says: invalid file. A chance to get it again ?

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  33. No : the Rapidshare link is still active.

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  34. Thank you Orangefunk and Simon!

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  35. Thank you Orangefunk and Simon! You guys are the best.

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  36. Big thank you for this groove.

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  37. Glad you like it Trevor, thanks for the comment

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