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RHESUS O

Jazz Rock/Fusion • France


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The French band Rhesus O was formed in 1971 by future Magma keyboarder Jean-Pol Asseline with musicians from the jazz and jazz-rock field and released one self titled record. Soft Machine is the main influence to be found on the record and to a lesser extent Magma, Miles Davis and Frank Zappa. The record presents a melodic jazz-rock with folk and classical elements, based on an instrumentation of two keyboarders: Alain Monier on organ and Jean-Pol Asseline on e-piano and harpsichord, two bass players: Guy Pedersen on double bass and Francis Moze on electric lead bass, Thierry Blanchard on drums and Alain Hatot's sax & flute arrangements.


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Rhesus O Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Dobermensch

3 stars A badly dated 'Magma' type album from 1971 which I don't think will hold much interest to anyone but the hardest 'Magma' fans. It's a dodgy recording from the outset, with poorly recorded instruments played in a formulaic 70's jazz manner.

Clearly below par in the Zeuhl scheme of things, it does still hold a certain form of charm in its simple direction - sounding more 60's than the era in which it was released. A naff album which is strangely enjoyable simply because it's quite upbeat with lots of horns blowing about willy-nilly. Lots of keyboards and real double bass pick things up considerably.

A lighter 'Magma' without the impending doom and martial beats is the best way to describe this album. Not bad, and there are some nice quiet keyboards and flutes thrown in at certain points before it goes all 'Starsky and Hutch'.

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3 stars The only album from French band Rhesus O. Possibly, most interesting is there are two future Magma members participated on this recording - bassist Francis Moze and keyboards player Jean-Pol Asseline.

Album's music itself is early jazz-rock influenced by Canterbury sound, with few Magma's flavours and plenty of sax player Alain Hatot soloing ( slightly in Miles Davis key). Interesting in some moments, the album is unfocused, and often sounds as jamming with free jazz elements. Compositions are very average, and even if there are some really interesting moments in musicianship, it's far not enough to save the album.

I like double keyboards and double bass scheme there, and it gives some really interesting sound combinations. Sax player is enthusiastic, but not original enough, so sax sound looks a bit overused there. Possibly, the best album's moments are these with electric keyboards and drumming interplays (and just some few sax touches added to sound).

Not a bad album, and possibly really interesting one for Magma roots researchers. Not good enough to be bought at extra money as obscure release though.

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