Raymond Boni & Claude Bernard ‘Pot-Pourri Pour Parce Que’


  1. Pleine Lune Pour Le Criquet Somnambule (18:40)
    – Petit solo introduisant
    – Le Gros Tuyau
    – Le Loup-Garou En Pantoufle Cloutée
    – Cerisiers Roses Et Pommiers Blancs
    – Tenderly
    – Il Est L’heure Pour La Virgule Terrorisée
    – La Danse Des Fèves
  2. Le Saxophone Rouge-Gorge (5:17)
  3. La Pêche Aux Souvenirs Interdits (6:49)
    – Java En L’Isle
  4. Migration (13:31)
    – Quand Les Fourmis Auront Le Temps
    – Galoubet Blues
    – Mamadou Au Mali
    – Mistinguette

Total time: 44:30
Recorded 1977. LP released on Hat Hut Records, 1978

rboni1981A gifted guitar player from the south of France, Raymond Boni (b1947; pictured left) melts gypsy music, free jazz and european improvisation influences in his unique guitar playing. During the seventies, he had duos with french percussionist Bertrand Gauthier (1969), guitarist Gérard Marais (1973) or saxophonist Claude Bernard (1976). He joined Joe McPhee in 1978, recording landmark albums like the monumental ‘Topology’ double-LP on Hat Hut in 1981 (including Tamia and Pierre Favre as well) and touring worldwide. In the 1980s, he teamed with some of french Nato label’s musicians (Tony Coe, Joëlle Léandre, Annick Nozati, Toshinori Kondo, Jac Berrocal, Terry Day and Max Eastley). On 1978 ‘Pot-Pourri’, all tracks except #2 are electric guitar+alto sax duets, though Bernard also uses garden hose and hosepipe to dazzling effects, producing unexpected, arresting low rumbles or high pitched whistle sounds at various moments. Boni’s guitar playing is laid back with the occasional lashes. Good quality amplifier with nice echo pedal effect gives warmth and depth to his sound and makes his parts a joy to listen to. Their improvisations generaly avoid rhythm and melody and their playing is focusing on tones and timbre, intertwining unusual chords and notes. Tr. #2 ‘Le Saxophone Rouge-Gorge’ (in english: The Robin Saxophone – what a lovely title) is a Claude Bernard solo live recording, also with pleasing echo effect. My favorite shall be the last track, ‘Migration’. It starts with whistling sounds by Bernard to which Boni sublty adds discreet guitar notes slowly building up. Bernard then switch to saxophone while the guitar gets more and more rhythmic and powerful. For the rest of the track they unleash their noisiest improvisation of the album. When Boni’s guitar gets noisy it sounds like a mix of Derek Bailey and Keiji Haino, which is just the perfect balance to me. On a side note, it seems a pity this LP was included in the Nurse With Wound list, since this is definitely not music for kraut rock freaks or drug addicts, but rather a beguiling jazz classic. I understand record collectors tend to hinder CD reissues for the sake of their LP collection’s market value, but in this case this was a shame, for this is such a fantastic album. Élégance française, you know.

Selected discography:

  • 1971 Raymond Boni ‘L’oiseau, L’arbre, Le Béton’, Futura Records, 1971
  • 1976 w/ Gérard Siracusa+André Jaume ‘Nommo, Dans Le Caprice Amer Des Sables’, Palm Records
  • 1976 w/ Opération Rhino ‘Fête De Politique Hebdo Lyon 76’, Expression Spontanée records
  • 1978 w/ Claude Bernard ‘Pot-Pourri Pour Parce Que’, Hat Hut records
  • 1979 w/ Gérard Marais ‘Concert au Totem’, Marge Records
  • 1981 w/ Joe McPhee Po Music ‘Topology’, Hat Hut records
  • 1983 Raymond Boni ‘L’Homme Etoile’, Hat Hut records


5 Responses to “Raymond Boni & Claude Bernard ‘Pot-Pourri Pour Parce Que’”

  1. 1 ghiostrancedance April 3, 2009 at 1:39 am

    Thank you very much for this share. I’m a big fan of Boni’s playing and am happy to have access to this recording which until now has been tantalizingly mysterious…

    His work on Joe McPhee’s versions of the Sonny Rollins tune “Oleo” has always “clicked” with me. A great musician!

    Thanks again.

  2. 2 continuo April 3, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    Boni’s contribution to Joe McPhee’s Topology on Hat Art is also worth checking out. Thanks for dropping by.

  3. 3 Calagan April 18, 2009 at 9:05 am

    Great contribution to the documentation of the european free jazz scene of the 70’s. Even as a maniac collector of this period, I never heard about this disc, and I will listen it with pleasure this saturday afternoon…
    Thanks a lot…

  4. 4 continuo April 18, 2009 at 9:19 am

    Good afternoon, then, Calagan!

  5. 5 jacques May 1, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    bonjour, le lien n’est plus valable : aurais-tu la possibilité de le réactiver ?
    merci !

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