Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography

VORTEX

Vortex

RIO/Avant-Prog


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Vortex Vortex album cover
4.23 | 48 ratings | 3 reviews | 38% 5 stars

Excellent addition to any
prog rock music collection


Write a review
Buy VORTEX Music
from Progarchives.com partners
Studio Album, released in 1975

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Haroun'thasckouack (10:40)
2. Ahsquoumboum (6:55)
3. Delicieuse Creature (14:32)
4. Abominable Creature (1:10)

Total Time: 33:17

Line-up / Musicians

- Jean-Pierre Vivante / Fender Rhodes piano
- Gérard Jolivet / saxophone
- Jeff Trouillet / flute, percussion
- Jacques Vivante / bass guitar
- François Gerald / drums

Releases information

LP JBP ‎- 463 (1975, France)

2xCD Le Triton - TRI03508 (2003, France) Together with 2nd album from 1979

Thanks to avestin for the addition
and to Quinino for the last updates
Edit this entry

Buy VORTEX Vortex Music


Vortex/In My DreamsVortex/In My Dreams
All Around The World
$11.15 (used)
Welcome to Metalland by VortexWelcome to Metalland by Vortex
Hellion
$26.34
$23.69 (used)
Kali Yuga by VortexKali Yuga by Vortex
Code 7 - Cyclic Law
$39.02
Lepoids Du Vide by VortexLepoids Du Vide by Vortex
Import
$48.89

Right Now on Ebay (logo)
Mondo Army of Darkness Vinyl 2xLP Blue and Black Vortex Limited Sealed Free Ship USD $134.95 Buy It Now
Steve Gibbons Band Eddy Vortex UK 7" vinyl single record 2059017 POLYDOR 1978 USD $14.24 Buy It Now
1978 - STEVE GIBBONS - Eddy Vortex + UK Tour Dates - Half Page Press Advert USD $9.75 Buy It Now
Marquis - Vortex EP MAXI CD D1720 USD $7.52 Buy It Now
CORONER - MENTAL VORTEX - NEW VINYL LP USD $27.29 Buy It Now
REPENT-VORTEX OF VIOLENCE (UK IMPORT) CD NEW USD $16.29 Buy It Now
DIXON, Terrence/EVOD/OISEL - Cyclical Vortex - Vinyl (12") USD $14.56 Buy It Now
Tempei Nakamura - Vortex [New CD] USD $30.18 Buy It Now
Ancient Brotherhood : Vortex Rhythms: Music of Sedona CD USD $4.90 Buy It Now
Vortex USD $6.98 Buy It Now
CORONER 2014 Australian Tour Poster A2 Mental Vortex Grin R.I.P. THRASH ***NEW USD $18.36 Buy It Now 24m 40s
Great Christian metal Lot Last rites final vortex aggelos biogenesis USD $29.99 Buy It Now 27m 26s
Tempei Nakamura - Vortex [New CD] USD $29.84 Buy It Now 32m 1s
ARIDA VORTEX - Wild Beast Show, digipak, power metal, limited, 2016, Russia USD $15.00 Buy It Now 34m 43s
Vortex - Quantum Gate II: Original Soundtrack, From The Virtual Cinema Interacti USD $18.98 Buy It Now 2h 5m
TOMMY GEE "VORTEX PHENOMENON" LTD ED LP & 7" SINGLE 1998 USD $6.49 Buy It Now 3h 56m
Original Soundtrack : The Vortex CD (1999) USD $4.00 Buy It Now 4h 24m
Vortex Rhythms: Music of Sedona by Ancient Brotherhood CD Jun-2000, Astromusic USD $4.99 Buy It Now 4h 30m
TOMMY GEE Vortex Phenomenon JAPAN CD AICT---64 1999 NEW USD $70.97 Buy It Now 4h 37m
Aural Vampire-Kerguelen Vortex CD NEW USD $18.71 Buy It Now 4h 38m
The Steve Gibbons Band Eddy Vortex 7" Vinyl Record *Buy 3-10 Singles Same Post* USD $1.29 [0 bids]
5h 19m
THE NIGHT TERRORS-Spiral Vortex (UK IMPORT) CD NEW USD $11.68 Buy It Now 5h 27m
Wayne Escoffery - Vortex [New CD] USD $15.42 Buy It Now 6h 33m
Wayne Escoffery - Vortex [New CD] USD $14.90 Buy It Now 6h 48m
Unknown Artist : Vortex Flower CD USD $4.99 Buy It Now 6h 48m
Neal Schon VORTEX 180g +MP3s GATEFOLD Music Theories Recordings NEW VINYL 2 LP USD $21.99 Buy It Now 6h 54m
CORONER - MENTAL VORTEX (2018 REMASTER) CD NEW+ USD $20.35 Buy It Now 7h 16m
Mind Vortex - Transformation [New 12" Vinyl] Extended Play, UK - Import USD $25.74 Buy It Now 9h 42m
The Destroyers-Vortex (UK IMPORT) CD / EP NEW USD $4.43 Buy It Now 9h 42m
Space Team Electra, Vortex Flower, Very Good USD $6.12 Buy It Now 10h 13m
EVAN PARKER & BARRY GUY & PAUL LYTTON-AT THE VORTEX-JAPAN CD F04 USD $23.99 Buy It Now 11h 23m
Mind Vortex - Transformation [New 12" Vinyl] Extended Play, UK - Import USD $22.70 Buy It Now 11h 34m
Deadbeat Poets - Youngstown Vortex Sutra [New CD] USD $14.72 Buy It Now 13h 26m
Deadbeat Poets - Youngstown Vortex Sutra [New CD] USD $14.40 Buy It Now 13h 27m
Paul Nelson VORTEX LP Private Label Vtg Synth Synthesizer Electronic USD $44.99 Buy It Now 15h 18m
ESCOFFERY,WAYNE-VORTEX CD NEW USD $17.80 Buy It Now 15h 52m
Coroner Mental Vortex rmstrd Vinyl LP NEW sealed USD $44.05 Buy It Now 21h 6m
Apolokia-Apolokia - Kathaarian Vortex VINYL LP NEW USD $17.62 Buy It Now 21h 48m
CRYSTAL VORTEX ~ Money You Are My Slave ~ 12" Single USD $3.22 Buy It Now 23h 54m
David Sonar / Torn Vortex 180gm Vinyl 2 LP NEW sealed USD $49.19 Buy It Now 1 day
Piss Vortex Future Cancer Vinyl LP NEW sealed USD $44.05 Buy It Now 1 day
CULTURE SHOCK/MIND VORTEX/JUNE MILLER/KRYPTIC MINDS/RENE LAVICE - Ramm200 USD $36.41 Buy It Now 1 day
THE EQUESTRIAN VORTEX - ELECTRONIC RITUAL LIMITED EDITION CD USD $9.10 Buy It Now 1 day
KEITH JARRETT TRIO somewhere before 1976 JAPAN VORTEX REISSUE VINYL LP + INSERT USD $40.29 Buy It Now 1 day
THE STEVE GIBBONS BAND EDDY VORTEX 7" VINYL RECORD EX 1978 2059 017 USD $1.56 Buy It Now 1 day
Flip Phillips Qt MERCURY 8911 Drowsy / Vortex USD $3.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Joe Bishara - Gorgeous Vortex [New Vinyl] USD $19.47 Buy It Now 1 day
YELLOW DOG - WAIT UNTIL MIDNIGHT / DOWN AT THE VORTEX - 1978 UK - VIRGIN USD $1.95 [0 bids]
1 day
Joe Bishara - Gorgeous Vortex [New Vinyl] USD $20.26 Buy It Now 1 day
KEITH JARRETT TRIO SOMEWHERE BEFORE VORTEX P-7529A Japan VINYL LP USD $0.99 [1 bids]
1 day
BOMBECKS Nehmt Es Oder Lasst Es CD digipack Oi Germany Vortex skinhead Rabauken USD $9.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Hammerhead - Into the Vortex - Green Splatter - Art Edition ltd100 Amrep Melvins USD $125.00 [0 bids]
USD $164.99 Buy It Now
1 day
Toundra - Vortex [New CD] UK - Import USD $14.43 Buy It Now 1 day
SHEMHAMFORASH -VORTEX TO DECEPTION- MEXICAN 7" EP PS MEX. BLACK DEATH METAL USD $19.99 Buy It Now 1 day
DJ Vortex and Arpa's Dream - Incoming - tidytwo103cd - CD Single (B1) USD $6.49 Buy It Now 1 day
ARIDA VORTEX - WILD BEAST SHOW USED - VERY GOOD CD USD $10.64 Buy It Now 1 day
Into the Vortex USD $11.13 Buy It Now 1 day
ARIDA VORTEX - WILD BEAST SHOW NEW CD USD $11.50 Buy It Now 1 day
Vortex  Moloch   Dark Ambient, Industrial, Tribal  Music   Cyclic Law Germany USD $18.98 Buy It Now 1 day
VARIOUS live at vortex vol 1 ( rock ) uk USD $15.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Coroner - Mental Vortex - CD - New USD $14.63 Buy It Now 1 day
Coroner - Mental Vortex (2018 - Remaster) - LP Vinyl - New USD $25.64 Buy It Now 1 day
STEVE ROACH - ALIVE IN THE VORTEX NEW CD USD $25.87 Buy It Now 1 day
WAYNE ESCOFFERY - VORTEX [DIGIPAK] * NEW CD USD $15.43 Buy It Now 1 day
THE NIGHT TERRORS-Spiral Vortex (UK IMPORT) CD NEW USD $12.59 Buy It Now 1 day
Disturbed Vortex Unisex Official Tee Shirt Brand New Various Sizes USD $16.56 Buy It Now 2 days
Disturbed Vortex Unisex Official Tee Shirt Brand New Various Sizes USD $16.56 Buy It Now 2 days
Disturbed Vortex Unisex Official Tee Shirt Brand New Various Sizes USD $16.56 Buy It Now 2 days
THE STEVE GIBBONS BAND - EDDY VORTEX 7" VINYL USD $4.54 Buy It Now 2 days
VARIOUS ARTISTS - Vortex - Quantum Gate Ii: , From Virtual Cinema NEW USD $18.75 Buy It Now 2 days
Utopy - Same Self Titled RARE 2001 Necrotic Mutation Purgatoire Vortex Gorelust USD $15.08 Buy It Now 2 days
THE VORTEX+PUNK+WARDOUR STREET+POSTER+AD+FRAMED+1977 ORIGINAL+FAST+GLOBAL SHIP USD $90.95 Buy It Now 2 days
Kradness KRAD VORTEX With Original Strap First Press LTD Japan CD VICL-64084 New USD $37.99 Buy It Now 2 days
THE VORTEX+PUNK+WARDOUR STREET+POSTER+AD+FRAMED+1977 ORIGINAL+FAST GLOBAL SHIP USD $90.95 Buy It Now 2 days
VORTEX The Asylum CD death thrash metalcore Canada USD $8.99 Buy It Now 2 days
MIND VORTEX Transformation 12" EP Vinyl NEW 2017 USD $27.03 Buy It Now 2 days
Joe Zawinul JAZZ PSYCH FUNK 45 (Vortex 301) The Soul Of A Village /Lord, Lord M- USD $32.95 Buy It Now 2 days
Coroner: Mental Vortex CD 1991 Noise Records 82310-74109-2 Re-issue RARE OOP USD $35.88 Buy It Now 2 days
Excellent Jazz Lot (2) LALO SCHIFRIN, Steve Marcus, VORTEX/Verve, Stereo/Mono EX USD $21.99 Buy It Now 2 days
AURAL VAMPIRE - Kerguelen Vortex - CD - **BRAND NEW/STILL SEALED** USD $63.49 Buy It Now 2 days
PISS VORTEX - PISS VORTEX (VINYL) VINYL LP NEW+ USD $32.35 Buy It Now 2 days
PISS VORTEX - FUTURE CANCER (VINYL) VINYL LP NEW+ USD $27.47 Buy It Now 2 days
VORTEX-MOLOCH (CD.DIGIBOOK) CD NEW USD $17.43 Buy It Now 2 days
(CC816) The Tajalli Vortex, 4 track demo - 2007 DJ CD USD $2.28 Buy It Now 2 days
Vortex by Collide (CD, 2004, 2 Discs, Noiseplus Music) USD $10.50 Buy It Now 2 days
MY CAT IS AN ALIEN Into The White Vortex LP LIMITED EDITION #/110 UNPLAYED USD $44.99 Buy It Now 2 days
Thokkian Vortex - Into the Nagual [New CD] USD $14.20 Buy It Now 2 days
KEITH JARRETT TRIO Somewhere Before LP JAPAN WARNER PIONEER VORTEX P-6119A OBI ^ USD $24.99 Buy It Now 2 days
ALASKA - Hold On / Vortex - Vinyl (12") Arctic Music - Drum And Bass USD $16.25 Buy It Now 2 days
ARIDA VORTEX "Wild Beast Show" Digipak CD 2016 Russian Power Metal epidemia aria USD $9.99 Buy It Now 2 days
ARIDA VORTEX The Illustrated Man CD 2015 Russian Power Metal; Jewel Case version USD $9.99 Buy It Now 2 days
@ CD SUICIDAL VORTEX - MY EXISTENCE: A SERIES OF THOUGHTS SS / AFFLICTEDPHONICA USD $7.99 Buy It Now 2 days
V/A VORTEX LP ART ATTACKS MANIACS WASPS MEAN STREET BERNIE TORME NEO SUSPECTS USD $45.49 Buy It Now 2 days
Brutally Deceased - Black Infernal Vortex Vinyl LP USD $22.55 Buy It Now 3 days
Mind Vortex - Transformation EP (NEW 2x12" VINYL) USD $28.59 Buy It Now 3 days
Steve Roach ?- Alive In The Vortex USD $15.60 [0 bids]
3 days
Second Phase - Mentasm / Final Exposure - Vortex 12" Old Skool R USD $19.49 Buy It Now 3 days
Used_CD VORTEX Single Maxi GazettE The Free Shipping FROM JAPAN BK22 USD $9.64 Buy It Now 3 days
THE EQUESTRIAN VORTEX ANDREW LILES BLUE & YELLOW SWIRL COLOURED LP VINYL RECORD USD $12.99 Buy It Now 3 days
FUZZ MANTA original limited 200 copies purple Vinyl LP Vortex Memplex (2011) USD $89.99 Buy It Now 3 days

More places to buy VORTEX music online Buy VORTEX & Prog Rock Digital Music online:

VORTEX Vortex ratings distribution


4.23
(48 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(38%)
38%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(42%)
42%
Good, but non-essential (17%)
17%
Collectors/fans only (2%)
2%
Poor. Only for completionists (2%)
2%

VORTEX Vortex reviews


Showing all collaborators reviews and last reviews preview | Show all reviews/ratings

Collaborators/Experts Reviews

Review by VanderGraafKommandöh
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars French instrumental avant-prog band Vortex's debut album is a wonderful, jazz-fueled album, featuring lots of impressive flute, saxophone and Fender Rhodes piano throughout.

The opener Haroun' Thasckouack is a great start to an impressive album and if you like this track, you will like the rest of the album. It is a chamber-rock orientated track, but stripped bare a little, it is not as dark and avant as they would later become. The standout piece for me is Délicieuse Créature, which always keeps my ears on their toes. The intro to this track reminds me of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Our Favorite Things", yet I am not sure if it is coincidental. The Fender Rhodes playing of Jean-Pierre Vivant is most notable, yet the whole band keep everything together superbly and the bass playing is also sublime, subtlely being played in the background, yet actually being very prominent to the overall sound; for me, this is the sign of an excellent band with lots of ideas. On Ahsquoumboum the bass playing becomes more prominent and the band play a slight jazzed-up Eastern sound.

As for avant-prog moments, well there are a few of them, but this is mainly impressively well composed jazz pieces with avant and prog leanings in small amounts. They remind me a little of Jenkins/Ratledge era Soft Machine in places, yet without the Holdsworth/Etheridge guitar playing, which is intriguing, as the Vivant brothers were more likely influenced by Third era Soft Machine (they started their careers in a Soft Machine covers band). They also have a distinct influence from 20th century composers, such as Olivier Messiaen, Igor Stravinsky and Béla Bartók, which underpins their more obvious jazz fixations.

Even though this is very little related to progressive rock, it is a wonderful album to listen to. The band would get much more avant-prog orientated on their follow-up album "Les Cycles de Thanatos", dropping their jazz rock forays and incorporating a darker, more psychotic chamber rock sound.

My copy of "Vortex" features two bonus tracks, the first of which, C'est Cool, Raoul, is a tremendously slow and often haunting piece and much more akin to progressive rock than the previous tracks. The Chinese cymbals at the beginning add a nice bit of atmosphere here, as does what sounds like a 'cello (not credited as such though). Infact, it reminds me of Italian progressive rock at times, with the melancholic atmosphere.

The other bonus number is Prolégo 1, a faster, more bass orientated track, with lush and fluid flute and saxophone throughout.

This is an excellent introduction to a much forgotten band with a lot of power in their playing and incorporating a lot of thought in their compositions. Their follow-up, as stated, continues on in a different vain, yet if they had never released it, this album would be classed as a masterpiece of chamber rock and jazz.

Review by Sean Trane
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Folk
5 stars Recorded in the summer of 75, Vortex's self titled is one of the most accomplished Jazz-rock inflected prog rock from that era and came from France's second city. Still nowadays regarded as the country's best kept secret, Vortex only recorded two albums throughout their decade of music adventures that saw the group come from Testu Band to Urantia the Vortex. This debut album must be seen nowadays as an absolutely essential piece of RIO, clearly preceding Art Zoyd and Univers Zero by a good 18 months headstart. Indeed, the Vivante brothers' group was always scared of being compared to Magma's spectre

Starting on the rather startling (compared with the rest of the album's more sombre material) Haroun' Tasckouack opener the psychedelic jazz rock that seemed to ogle towards Out Of Focus, with its sax and flute works over Fender Rhodes and slowly evolving rhythms. The Ahsquoumboum is very different, borrowing a Kobaian rhythm, but keeping the sax Out Of Focus, but not out of tune.

The 14-mins+ Délicieuse Créature track starts out again a bit in the OOF mode, but soon veers in a chamber rock but in a solid jazz-) rock vein with Vivante's great Fender Rhodes (being reminiscent of Ratledge or Jenkins >> Soft Machine and Nucleus respectively) underlining the whole pedestrian march, somewhere between Magma and Zoyd, yet keeping an excellent psyched-out flute and sax duo around. As an afterthought, the closing but all too short Abominable Créature is a good outro, ending in a near chaotic free jazz.

The reissue of this album comes with two bonus tracks, which add much value to anotherwise rather short album. The superbly slow eastern-sounding chimes'n-all track of Cool Raoul is an absolute joy and a slow evolving thing subtly evolving to another Nuclueus- Soft Machine and Out Of Focus wild track, before slowly reverting to its quieter entrance. These almost 12 minutes bonus could be even better than what the rest of the album had to offer. Prolégo 1 is a more Zeuhlian monster, even if the

An amazing album that can be likened to Out Of Focus, but heading out in a more Zeuhl-ish direction than the breass heavy German group's direction. Vortex's self-titled is definitely one of the most stunning album around from France in the 70's.

Review by Mellotron Storm
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars I don't think there is any question that this is a very significant record in the Rio / Avant-Prog genre. As Sean Trane mentions this came out before both ART ZOYD and UNIVERS ZERO's debut albums. That alone makes this a special record. Three of the Five guys in this band were in a band previous to this that played a lot of SOFT MACHINE songs, and you can hear the jazz influence throughout this record. There is no lead guitar, but it is very much flute and sax led with piano, bass and drums filling out the sound.

"Haroun' Thasckouack" has some nice drumming in the intro before it calms down a minute in. Piano, light drums and flute 2 minutes in as the sound is building. Sax joins in and we have a great sound 5 minutes in, especially the drumming. The flute then returns with sax to a full sound. Check out the bass before 7 minutes with flute and drums. A calm after 9 minutes is brief. What a ride that was ! "Ahsquoumboum ' is darker with sax,drums and piano to begin with. Flute joins in. Sax and heavy drums 4 1/2 minutes in. "Delicieuse Creature" is the longest track at almost 15 minutes, it opens with a sax/drum melody before a calm with flute takes over. This contrast continues. The flute and sax melodies are so impressive.

"Abominable Creature" is a short track with some dissonant moments. Very much a group effort on this one. There are two bonus tracks beginning with "C'est Cool,Raoul" a slow moving affair that begins with the flute leading the way with some percussion. The sax starts to take over and the tempo picks up after 5 minutes as the drums come in. The tempo shifts a lot from here on in. The last couple of minutes are the best part of the song as it becomes quite solemn with a SINKADUS flavour(flute). "Prolige 1" opens like a house on fire with sax and drums leading the way. It calms down quickly as piano becomes the focus until the flute arrives. The tempo picks back up as sax returns.

This is an essential record to add to your Rio / Avant-prog collection. Sort of a landmark really when it comes to this style of music.

Latest members reviews

No review or rating for the moment | Submit a review

Post a review of VORTEX "Vortex"

You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — jazz music reviews and archives | MetalMusicArchives.com — metal music reviews and archives