Bekummernis ‘NoSi’

01 Transit I (5:43)
02 Transit II (2:45)
03 Transit III (5:28)
04 Bekummernis (5:10)
05 NoSi Part I-V (19:03)

Total time: 38:10
LP released 1984 on Ménélas/Harmonia Mundi

Bekummernis was a french big band created by brothers Xavier and Luc Le Masne in 1982, comprising as much as 50 musicians and lasting till 1992. On other LPs, much space was devoted to improvisation, though on ‘NoSi’, the over 30 players-orchestra play large scale compositions written by Luc Le Masne (pictured left). A few solos remains, though, on saxophone or violin, contributing to the ensemble’s cheerfulness. The music is large ensemble jazz with echoes of Debussy, salsa and contemporary music. The orchestra comprises horns and winds aplenty, but also strings, piano and percussion, the latter including Gong’s Mireille Bauer, unmissable on marimba. Track #5 is actually a symphony albeit very contrasted, incorporating salsa, impressionist orchestral passages and jazz. The LP is a delight to listen to and engagingly incorporates exciting jazz with lively contemporary music.


Bekummernis discography:
1984 Hommage à Fernand Léger, Ménélas/HM
1984 NoSi, Ménélas/HM
1986 Le Cercle De Pierres, Ménélas/HM
1988 Til C., Ménélas/HM

4 Responses to “Bekummernis ‘NoSi’”

  1. 1 gee February 16, 2009 at 12:40 am

    Thanks – this is really cool. Do you have any more by them?

  2. 2 continuo February 16, 2009 at 7:12 am

    Nothing else by Bekummernis proper, but Xavier and Luc LeMasne feature on ’17 Musique Pour Le Bal Bleu’, a compilation curated by Hector Zazou. Thanks for your comment.

  3. 3 gianni December 19, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    I am enjoying it, thank you!

  4. 4 continuo December 20, 2011 at 10:40 am

    You’re welcome.

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