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3.65 | 11 ratings | 3 reviews | 45% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1976

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Heart (6:30)
2. Jonetsu for Judith (5:53)
3. Orkana (6:25)
4. Streledzia (2:40)
5. Delire (13:20)
6. Ima (1ere partie) (4:02)

Total Time 38:50

Line-up / Musicians

Cello - Claudine Lasserre (tracks: A2, B1, B2)
Saxophone [Tenor], Vocals, Piano,Synthesizer [Mini Moog & Arp Odc-solo),Kamuka,Electric Piano, Clarinet [Bass] - Yochk'O Seffer
Viola - Françoise Douchet (tracks: A2, B1, B2)
Violin [1st] - Michèle Margand (tracks: A2, B1, B2)
Violin [2nd] - Marie-Françoise Viaud (tracks: A2, B1, B2)
Percussion - Jean-My Truong

Releases information

LP: Moshé-Naïm MN 12 008 (France)

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(45%)
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4 stars Born in Miskolc, Hungary in 1939, YOCHK'O SEFFER escaped the clutches of communism when he was 17 and moved to France where he studied reeds, piano and composition at the Conservatoire de Paris under the tutelage of many 20th century greats including Olivier Messiaen. SEFFER quickly gravitated towards the wilder side of jazz first performing with avant-garde jazzist Mal Waldron and then playing with countless others including Ornette Coleman, Pharoah Sanders and Steve Lacy just to name a few. After playing saxophone throughout the 60s with some of the greatest jazz players of the era, SEFFER formed his first avant-jazz outfit Perception in 1969 and two years later delivered a crazy chaotic dissonant style of European free jazz.

However in the meantime he hooked up with Christian Vander and played on the early jazz-oriented Magma albums and after joined Zao where he played sax, clarinet, flute, tarogato AND piano. With seemingly endless talent SEFFER first collaborated as a solo artist as a collaborative effort with Christian Vander and friends to create post-bop album before unleashing his own version of jazz-tinged zeuhl in 1976 with this debut release DELIRE. Adding the secondary band name Neffesh Music (music of the soul), SEFFER released three albums with this one being the most wild and ambitious with little though paid to the transcendental nature of what would come. DELIRE featured six tracks at nearly 39 minutes offered a wild mix of free jazz, jazz fusion, avant-prog and zeuhl.

Interesting for a zeuhl band, Neffesh Music lacked not only guitars but also featured no bassist (which future Neffish albums would feature). Sounding something like a mix of 20th century classical music and jazz, DELIRE featured a cello, bass clarinet, viola, violin and percussion with SEFFER handling the saxophone and long list of keyboard styles. The album remains one of those rarities that has still never been released beyond its 1976 first edition on the Moshé-Naïm label however readily available with a few click on your computer keyboard! Given the presence of so much wind instrumentation and a piano, this debut is undoubtedly more steeped in SEFFER's musical familiarity of avant-jazz however the chamber music elements give it a strange Stravinsky style.

This is fairly chaotic music with complex arrangements that offer strange counterpoints, independent musical processions that sometimes work together and others purposefully clash. Imagine the piano antics of Cecil Taylor with a chamber orchestra and you can imagine the freaky virtuosity exploding like fireworks. The zeuhl influences do occur however they hardly dominate especially in the most bizarrely twisted title track which takes avant-jazz meets chamber music to extremes with no Magma references whatsoever. This is b y far the most atonal and free jazz track of the entire album and sounds like a modern classical orchestra is battling it out with a free jazz ensemble. Totally wild and unapologetically demanding. The ending comedown track "Ima" which takes the jazzy saxophone playing into a more meditative state in the vein of Indo-raga with a buzzing drone effect with some chanting female vocalists joining in. Perhaps SEFFER's dabbling in jazz-tinged Krautrock?

It must be stressed that this album sounds nothing like Magma, Zao or even the following Neffesh albums and actually doesn't sound like anything i've heard. The unique mix of avant-jazz with modern classical chamber music crafts an interesting stylistic version of third stream however the album itself is quite diverse from beginning to end with easily digestible tracks more on the psychedelic side and of course al those gnarled instrumental workouts that come towards the end of each side of the album. While this would definitely be considered difficult music listening and very unclassifiable as far as pigeonholing a distinct genre, the craftsmanship on this is mind-blowing and every musician performing is the cream of the crop. If you don't like atonal free form jazz and crazy 20th century classical then don't even bother with this one but if that's your bailiwick then this is one you can't miss!

Latest members reviews

2 stars It's a little easier to piece together Yochk'o Seffer's early work with streaming services now available. Sadly though on Spotify I've only tracked down four of six tracks on this album, but at least its the four longest ones. Seffer didn't quite leave Zao behind here, the excellent drumming of ... (read more)

Report this review (#2539554) | Posted by bartymj | Saturday, May 1, 2021 | Review Permanlink

4 stars It is a minor tragedy (which could be easily rectified) that Yochk'o Seffer's Neffesh-Music albums from the late 70s have not been re-released in a coherent form. Unless you're ready to spend huge amounts of time and money tracking down and buying the now rare LP releases, it's really only the th ... (read more)

Report this review (#1555471) | Posted by pedestrian | Sunday, April 24, 2016 | Review Permanlink

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