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Yochk'o Seffer is a Hungarian born musician who is among the finest winds player (mainly alto saxophone) in the history of progressive music. After spending much of the 1960s in Paris playing with a host of jazz musicians in a variety of clubs, he was recruited by Christian Vander in the early days of Magma and can be found on the album "1001 Degres Centigrade", as well as the two Univeria Zekt recordings. He soon left that band and with ex-Magma keyboardist Francois Cahen founded the band Zao, with whom he appeared on most of the band's recordings. During this time he also had stints with a improvisational jazz group named Perception and a jazz-rock group named Speed Limit. After recording Zao's fourth album, Seffer departed the band to embark on a number of solo efforts, but always associated with a group name. His first and perhaps most important such endeavour was Neffesh Music, which saw the recording of three LPs in the late 1970s - "Delire", "Ima", and "Ghilgoul". Their style is distinctly zeuhl but reflects Seffer's vision of his musical roots and the musicianship is nothing less than first rate. In the early 1980s Seffer embarked on another trio of albums with the title "Chromophonie", and his latest effort "YOG" commenced in 1996 with the release of the album "Pitchipoy". Yochk'o Seffer has collaborated with a panoply of wonderful musicians over his decades-long musical career and produced some of the finest zeuhl and jazz oriented music one will find on this site.

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4.50 | 4 ratings
Neffesh Music: Délire
1976
4.17 | 6 ratings
Neffesh Music: Ima
1976
4.28 | 13 ratings
Neffesh Music :Ghilgoul
1978
4.00 | 1 ratings
Chromophonie 1 : Le Diable Angélique
1982
4.00 | 1 ratings
Chromophonie II
1982
4.00 | 1 ratings
Adama
1986
0.00 | 0 ratings
Prototype
1989
0.00 | 0 ratings
Ornette For Ever
1996
4.00 | 1 ratings
Yog 1 - Pitchipoy
1997
4.00 | 1 ratings
Yog 2 - Sefira
1998
0.00 | 0 ratings
Coïncidences (with Sylvain Miller)
2000
0.00 | 0 ratings
String Orchestra
2004
4.00 | 1 ratings
Yog 3 - Yochk'o Seffer Big Band
2006
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Voices of Tarogato
2006
0.00 | 0 ratings
Ezz-Thetics Travel
2008
3.00 | 2 ratings
Condor
2010
4.00 | 1 ratings
Acel Toll
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
From New York To Budapest
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
Acel III - Lyrikus-Szozat
2014

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0.00 | 0 ratings
Magyar Ló
1976

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0.00 | 0 ratings
Chromophonie
2010

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4.00 | 1 ratings
Chromophonie
1996
4.00 | 1 ratings
Adama/Ima
2003
4.00 | 2 ratings
My Old Roots
2007
4.67 | 3 ratings
Noce Chimique
2011

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Septuor
1976

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 Condor by SEFFER, YOCHK'O album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.00 | 2 ratings

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Condor
Yochk'o Seffer Zeuhl

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Hungarian born composer, musician, sculptor and avant-garde artist Yochko SEFFER has a long and distinguished career in which he's been active in musical projects one way or the other for most of his life, and where his tenures in the bands Magma and Zao arguably can be said to be ones which have drawn the most attention. In 1976 Seffer initiated a solo career, with just over a dozen original productions issued in his name since then. Condor" is the most recent of these, and this massive 3-CD production was released by Musea Records on their Musea Parallele imprint in the fall of 2010.

"Condor" is a highly ambitious production, showcasing many different aspects of Yochko Seffer as an artist, composer and musician, including depictions of his own artwork in the booklet. With flawless performance and impeccable production, this is a high quality production, of the kind where your own musical taste will be the sole deciding factor for whether or not you'll enjoy it. And while the stylistic expressions covered explore territories ranging from classical to avant-garde jazz, I'd think that the primary audience for this release, other than existing fans of the artist, will be a jazz-oriented crowd, in particular those who have a deep and true affection for the saxophone.

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 My Old Roots by SEFFER, YOCHK'O album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2007
4.00 | 2 ratings

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My Old Roots
Yochk'o Seffer Zeuhl

Review by snobb
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Hungarian-born French sax player's compilation,taken from two early albums mostly ( 3 songs come from his debut "Delire", 3 more - from "Le Diable Angelique", and the last song "Beszegletes" isn't presented on any of his albums as much as I know).

Seffer's name is mostly associated with him playing sax (and other instruments) on early Magma album as well as many Zao releases. He is really great musician,very capable- in different genres.

This collection could be divided to two parts - his compositions from début album are mostly sax-led jazz fusion,free jazz,or in some cases zeuhl. Compositions,taken from second album, mentioned above, are strongly influenced by Hungarian folk and contemporary classical music,even if still have fusion/jazz elements as well.

Diversity of genres are really wide, and songs are mostly great. It's a bit strange, but zeuhl is far not dominated music here. Seffer's studio albums are quite obscure, so I believe such CD compilation release is great way to present his music for wider listener. Not easy listening,but this album could attract many newcomers to his music,especially from fans of chamber rock, free jazz and avant prog.

My rating is 3,5, rounded to 4.

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 Condor by SEFFER, YOCHK'O album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.00 | 2 ratings

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Yochk'o Seffer Zeuhl

Review by SaltyJon
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3 stars I'm going to start this review off with a warning for you. If you don't like saxophone, or (very) long albums, I advise you to stay far away from this one. If neither of these elements bother you, then you'll most likely enjoy Yochk'o Seffer's newest album. In no way would I consider this Zeuhl - on the contrary, all of the tracks present (except on the third disc, which I'll get to in a bit) are jazzy duets for saxophone and piano, saxophone and bass, or saxophone and drums. As I said earlier - a LOT of saxophone. The quality of the performances of the all three discs of material here is great. All of the musicians who play on this one seem to be top-notch, though I haven't heard anything else by anyone except Seffer himself. As can be expected with an album of this length, though, the tracks start to sound similar over the course of things.

The third disc is a different story, though. The first track on it is a free jazzy, kind of classical influenced symphony - for fifteen saxophones! Definitely an interesting listen, and an enjoyable one for me. The second track here is a video performance of Ima. The music is great on this one too. I've listened to the original several times, and this is a good rendition of it.

This album is good, though it is definitely a challenging chunk of listening for most - most certainly, it's not a good starting point for Seffer's music, but it is a good one to pick up if you like the jazzier side of his material. Three stars seems fitting, as the first two discs do seem to drag a bit as they go on.

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 Neffesh Music :Ghilgoul by SEFFER, YOCHK'O album cover Studio Album, 1978
4.28 | 13 ratings

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Neffesh Music :Ghilgoul
Yochk'o Seffer Zeuhl

Review by Dobermensch

4 stars Ah, this is more like it. After a run of four awful reviews in a row I thought I'd cheer myself up with this excellent album from a guy who's name I've no idea how to pronounce. This leans more to the Fusion end of the spectrum - something I'm ok with in small doses, but after listening to this on my bike last week I can honestly say it's a tremendous album. I just found out he was the bloke who played saxophone with Magma for their first two albums before moving on to 'Zao'. I knew there was something familiar about the sound. Saxophones usually annoy the hell out of me but this sounds super. The volumes of the instruments are perfect and there's that old favourite of mine - reverb on the strings and pianos. The album is full of energy and colour and is simply beautiful. Quite dreamlike in places and certainly one of the best jazz albums I've heard. Big thumbs up!

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 Neffesh Music :Ghilgoul by SEFFER, YOCHK'O album cover Studio Album, 1978
4.28 | 13 ratings

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Yochk'o Seffer Zeuhl

Review by Mellotron Storm
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5 stars Anyone who's into Zeuhl needs to get their hands on this album. Most feel that this is Seffer's best solo album. After he left ZAO he hooked up with future ZAO bassist Dominique Bertrand who he would play with on ZAO's last studio album in 1994. Also drummer Francois Laizeau would jump on board. He played with MAGMA, OFFERING and Bernard Paganotti's "Paga" album. The guy can flat out drum. In fact this album is worth getting for the rhythm section alone. Interesting that Seffer also brought the all-female string quartet for this recording.They played with Seffer on ZAO's "Osiris" album and he was obviously impressed with them. Seffer plays sax of course but also piano, and man he caught my attention with his keyboard work on this record.

"Dag" opens with sax and piano as drums and bass join in, then here we go before 1 1/2 minutes. Check out the drum work ! The soundscape after 2 minutes is incredible. The bass, drums and piano are intense while the sax plays over top. What a display ! After 4 minutes all I can say is "I'm not worthy". The violins come in slicing away as this Zeulish rhythm continues. "Sifra" opens with piano as violins join in before a minute. This continues until we get a complete change 5 minutes in as the sax and drums take over. Killer sound after 6 minutes as the bass and drums lay the groundwork and piano plays over top. Violins come back in ripping it up. "Dailn" is the only track not composed by Seffer as Dominque Bertrand did this one. It kicks into a rhythm quickly as bass and drums rumble with sax and piano playing over top. Violins then join in. Huge bass lines in this one. "Larme" features piano and those Zeuhlish vocal melodies we all know and love (Seffer sings them as he did on ZAO's second album). Sax joins in then drums. Violins come in later.

"Ghilgoul" is the almost 17 minute title track. What a way to end this album. This is very different from the rest as we get these multi vocal melodies that are quite haunting with sax. The vocals stop before 4 1/2 minutes as piano and sax take over. The vocals are back before 6 1/2 minutes but even more eerie this time. The violins come in around 7 1/2 minutes as the vocals stop again.They're back before 11 minutes with sax as the strings stop. Violins are back after 13 minutes as vocals and sax stop. The piano returns. I should mention that there's 4 bonus tracks here with a different lineup. 3 tracks from 1980 and one from 1985. Over 30 minutes of great music. These extra songs are so impressive.

A must for ZAO fans, but also for Zeuhlites everywhere.

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 Neffesh Music :Ghilgoul by SEFFER, YOCHK'O album cover Studio Album, 1978
4.28 | 13 ratings

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Yochk'o Seffer Zeuhl

Review by progressive

4 stars Yochk'o Seffer leans mostly towards jazz fusion, but actually it doesn't sound like jazz fusion, because it's avant-prog. The most similar artist with Yochk'o Seffer is maybe ZAO. They are even very similar, but I prefer Yochk'o Seffer, if I'd have to choose between them. There's much same elements, for example the vocals, though they're quite rare. Ghilgoul is maybe more mystic and smooth, but it's hard to say. Margand String Quartet is one of the things that makes Seffer's music so original. They play with a bit odd mood, like some for example psychedelic East-European choral folk music (see "Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares", though it sounds totally different). It's atmospheric and distant and dark, also very sharp. So is the piano. I could also think this as a version of PRESENT or UNIVERS ZERO, but more symphonic/atmospheric and folk. Though, after all this isn't chamber rock or folk, but "pure" zeuhl. And of course, every instrument sounds great. The music is great, but if I must say bad things, I'd say that for an album as long as this there should be more diversity on a larger scale. But within a song, there's no problems with that. My favourite tracks are Shebira and Dailn (where, also, I have to say, 1:10 -> reminds me of HENRY COW, like some other parts on this album with the structure or the overall "hidden dark chaotic" feeling). Compared to their album "Ima", the other one is more vivid/spastic and this is more mystical/atmospheric. Both have good and bad sides.

I recommend this album (and Ima, which I don't review separatedly) for every avant-prog, zeuhl and jazz fusion fan.

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