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Monday, 24 March 2014

Our contribution to Record Store Day 2014 - Jef Gilson et Malagasy 5LP set

Over recent years, we've delved deep in into the life and work of the late French jazz pioneer Jef Gilson. The outcome has been two double albums featuring the best of his life’s work, and has included many previously unreleased tracks. Now we're about to dig even deeper for Record Store Day!

RSD is on 19 April this year and we've been working hard behind the scenes to get ready our most ambitious project yet - a 5LP box set from Jef Gilson & Malagasy:

  • 5 LPs including the 3 original LPs from Malagasy and 2 LPs previously unreleased
  • 7" single of the super-rare $1000-rated 45 that was only released in Madagascar in the early '70s
  • booklet with previously-unpublished photographs and liner notes featuring interviews from members of Malagasy. Notes are in English and French.
  • free download card for 320kbps MP3 files of all tracks
  • Limited to 500 copies only

As well as spending his days (and nights) composing, recording, producing, arranging and performing, part of Gilson’s life involved the study and exploration of music, and in the late 1960s his curiosity led him to the ex-French colony of Madagascar, the island just off the south eastern coast of Africa. Indeed, Gilson was fascinated by all kinds of music, not just jazz, and his thirst for musical knowledge led him to make several trips to Madagascar not only to study the indigenous music, but also to spread his passion for jazz. His absorption of Malagasy culture and the strength of his personality would eventually result in the release of 3 exceptional albums of Malagasy jazz, as well as a string of Malagasy concerts, events and radio shows performed across France.

Here we present in their entirety all 3 of these albums, as well as 2 further albums of previously unreleased Malagasy material, in an attempt to address the profound contribution that Gilson and Malagasy have made to world jazz.

Early experiments in Ethnic Jazz created as a direct result of Jef Gilson’s expedition to Madagascar in 1969. Three LPs of super rare Malagasy jazz restored and available again for the first time in 40 years. Two LPs of unheard and previously unissued Afro-Spiritual jazz. An impossibly rare 7” single made available for the first time ever outside Madagascar.

*** If vinyl isn't your thing we have a 4CD set also available. In keeping with RSD rules the set will be available in selected RSD stores on 19 April, and if any copies are left they will be available one week later in other stores and online. 

AND FINALLY - all vinyl copies bought from the Jazzman website will get a FREE bonus Malagasy tote bag!

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Greg Foat LIVE album recording

The Greg Foat Group will be recording their NEW LIVE ALBUM at the Playboy Club in London over TWO nights:
Thursday the 16th and Friday the 17th of January.
Both evenings start at 8pm and go on until late.
Entry is FREE - all you have to do is email your name (and your friends names) to
So if you ever needed a good excuse to visit the Playboy Club, this is it!
Check out the Facebook Events Page for more details.
Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

DJ Jazzman Gerald @ The Hawaiian Bop!

This Saturday 14 December 2013

Spinning all kinds of sounds from latin, funk, ska, popcorn, RnB, tittyshakers, Northern Soul... you know the deal :)

Thursday, 14 November 2013

TWO New Jef Gilson Releases - previously unreleased work - OUT NOW


‘A collection of previously unreleased recordings, rehearsals, demos and alternate takes from the personal archive of the brilliant French jazz innovator’

Since his passing in 2012, we have surveyed the substantial personal archive of Jef Gilson’s acetates, test pressings and reel to reel tapes with the kind permission of his widow, Geneviève. The task has not been easy, it’s taken numerous trips to France and the generous assistance of a small army of translators, advisors, musicologists, amateur enthusiasts and record collectors, as well as the surviving members of Gilson’s musical entourage, for us to gather together the information required to make this album. In it you will find music we‘ve chosen from having listened to literally hundreds of hours of alternate takes, rehearsals, live recordings, unissued sessions and personal recordings made from the ‘50s to the ‘70s; none of which has been officially released before. Despite the limitations afforded by mastering some of these recordings from anonymous reels of twisted, buckled tape and scratched, dusty old acetate discs, we hope that the music contained herein affords a fascinating and otherwise impenetrable insight into the workings of one of the great unsung creative forces of European jazz.

Early experiments in Oriental and Ethnic Jazz with Lloyd Miller. Unissued alternate takes of Gilson’s classic repertoire. Long-lost live performances from 1960s European jazz festivals. Rehearsals and jam sessions that developed into a lifelong creative obsession.

·         All tracks previously unissued, fully licensed and digitally restored from their original source
·         Comprehensive and detailed liner notes with information on each track and original stories direct from our interviews with the musicians involved
·         Liner notes in English et en français
·         CD with 24 page colour booklet with in-depth liner notes and previously unpublished photographs
·         Deluxe double vinyl LP pressing with thick, glossy gatefold sleeve


‘A collection of little known chansons - with a twist of jazz – produced by French jazzman extraordinaire, Jef Gilson’

The French chanson is a song that’s as inextricably linked to French culture as crêpes, croissants and cognac. Their poetic, romantic lyrics are set to music that’s characterised by following the rhythms of the French language rather than those of English, and have been used as serenades since time immemorial. Even in recent years many French artists, from Édith Piaf to Serge Gainsbourg, have added their own particular gems to the roster. Here is a small yet perfectly formed collection of some little known chansons - with a twist of jazz – produced by French jazzman extraordinaire, Jef Gilson.

This album is a companion disc to our
Jef Gilson ‘Archives’ album JMANLP/CD.063.
Available on 10” VINYL ONLY.
No CD, no digital.

Sublime, sexy and seductive chanson jazz with a distinctly French flavour. Classic Gilson ‘60s repertoire with rarely heard vocal performances. Previously unreleased songs by obscure chanteuses inspired by Brigitte Bardot, France Gall and Francoise Hardy.

·         All tracks previously unissued, fully licensed and digitally restored from their original source
·         Comprehensive and detailed liner notes with information on each track in English et en français.
·         Deluxe 10” vinyl LP pressing with laminated sleeve and flaps glued on the outside – ‘60s style!
·         VINYL ONLY – no CD, no digital

Only on Jazzman – all because WE DIG DEEPER

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Jazzman Gerald @ The Boiler Room ~ 4 Nov ~ 2-6pm

Tune in on Monday 4 Nov when I join Amir, Mr Thing, Chris Read and Kevin Beadle to play some records at the Boiler Room! 


If you miss the live show it will be online at shortly after.

I've no idea what to play. I'll have a rummage. A few jazz LPs have arrived recently, as well as some jazz 45s. Maybe I'll just play a jazz 45s set. Now there's an idea.