Alain Mion & Cortex whose band is internationnally considered as the french jazz funk band (classified near The Cruisaders or the Headhunters).
Their album Troupeau Bleu (Underdog Records), is a cult and is researched by many collectors. After their sold-out gig at the New Morning (Paris), in March 2009, their rebirth is offcialized by their next gig, at Espace Culturel Dispan de Floran (Ha-les-Roses), will be filmed for the TV Channel MEZZO.
Espace Culturel Dispan de Floran
11, rue des Jardins
On Saturday, the 28th of November, 2009
Ticket Price: 15
Phone number for Reservation - 01 46 15 78 78
In 1973, pianist and arranger Alain Mion, alongside drummer Alain Gandolfi, gave birth to the French Jazz-Funk band Cortex. Often regarded among pairs with the likes of Chick Corea and his Return to Forever, Placebo (Marc Moulin), George Duke, etc., Cortex went on to develop a unique style and release four LPs between 1975 and 1979.
For the next thirty years, Cortex was to grow slowly into people's musical hearts and minds and achieve cult status within the Groove world. Pourquoi is the third and last album of the band, and was never officially released. It is now officially re-released by So What! for the first time, in a remastered version done by Alain Gandolfi.
The band is reuniting, and has been rehearsing for several weeks now, getting ready to go back on stage at New Morning and then tour the planet. The set's mood is chilled and relaxed.
What were you listening at the time?
AG: I was first listening to Jazz, then dived into the realm of Jazz-Rock with artists like Chick Corea and Return to Forever.
AM: For some years, I had been deep into Jazz then Jazz-Rock, and was immensely influenced by jazzmen like Ray Charles, Bobby Timmons, Les Mc Cann, Herbie Hancock, Cannonball Adderley etc. I also discovered Sergio Mendes and loved the way he would use voices and play those funky sambas on the piano.
This is a wonderful lost album of grooves from France and it's got a sound that's unlike anything else we've ever heard! The group is a smooth funky jazz group -- with lots of electric bass and Fender Rhodes, similar to some of the Italian groups of the 70s (like The Cabildos), but they've also got a female singer in the mix, and she sings these groovy jazz vocals that have an airy breezy quality, similar to some of the best Brazilian fusion from the same time. The result is a stunning electric groove with a feeling that's really fresh, nice and warm, and funky in all the right parts. The original album's rare as hen's teeth and this reissue is very nicely done! Titles include Automne", L'enfant Samba", La Rue", Go Round", Madbass", Sabbat", Mary et Jeff", and Chanson D'un Jour D'Hiver"."
Dusty Groove review