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GUILLAUME PERRET & THE ELECTRIC EPIC

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Founded in 2008 by composer and sax player Guillaume Perret (Born 21 June 1980 in Annecy, France)

Guillaume graduated by Conservatoire de Chambéry. His musical career was started at 2002, when he wrote music for Théâtre d'Icy, played with different jazz musicians, toured Switzerland (with 4tet NOSQUARE). During next years he was busy ,collaborating with many musicians, toured (with 4tet NOSQUARE) Poland, Thailand, Argentina, Chile, Germany, few more times Switzerland, etc. As guest musician participated in several albums. Played concerts with Nguyen Le between others. With LINDEMANN 6TET recorded few albums and toured Vietnam and Thailand. With 4tet NOSQUARE toured Poland, Germany and Switzerland, recorded album.

Another Electric Epic members are Yoann Serra (ONJ),Philippe Bussonnet (Magma) and Jim Grandcamp (Eric Serra, Jannick Top). Band's music is heavy jazz fusion with zeuhl elements. In 2009 Electric Epic played in Paris' Olympia, debut album released in April 2010.

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4.65 | 27 ratings
Guillaume Perret & The Electric Epic
2012
3.83 | 12 ratings
Open Me
2014
3.00 | 1 ratings
Guillaume Perret: Free
2016
3.75 | 4 ratings
Guillaume Perret: A Certain Trip
2020

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3.72 | 10 ratings
Guillaume Perret & The Electric Epic
2010

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Doors EP
2013

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 Guillaume Perret & The Electric Epic by PERRET & THE ELECTRIC EPIC, GUILLAUME album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.65 | 27 ratings

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Guillaume Perret & The Electric Epic Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

5 stars This truly is an epic recording and it's surprising to see one review for this amazing album. The core of this band came out of a group called NHX which was basically ONE SHOT before they came into being, but instead of Daniel Jeand'heur on drums it was Yoann Sera. So Yoann, Philippe Bussonet and guitarist Jim Grandcamp created this trio and tried different soloists as the fourth member without any success until they discovered Guillaume Perret who so impressed the band that his name is in the band's title.

Yoann Sera would play with OFFERING and Bussonet of course played for years in MAGMA as their most recent bass player until that role was filled by Jannick Top's son Jimmy in what 2020 or so. Grandcamp was one of the guitarists on "Infernal Machina" by Top. It's pretty cool that all but the drummer play electric instruments with effects. Even the drummer though adds samples. Really great to hear a sax with wah wah and distortion let alone the guitar and bass being tripped out. John Zorn is the executive producer here and oh Guillaume likes to be known as the "sound explorer". So yeah some inventive stuff here that borders on Avant much of the time. Lets go with Avant Jazz shall we.

Not an average song on here and so it's tough coming up with favourites but I really like how the album ends with those last three tracks although I have to put the opener in this class too so lets go with a top four of the seven provided here. The opener "Kakoum" starts out so cool with the guitar and sax lines creating complexity and I like the way they mesh together. It turns powerful as drums and bass kick in with sax over top. The powerful sections come and go. A couple of calms on this 8 1/2 minute opener as well. A surprising ethnic vibe 6 minutes in including the corresponding vocals. Nice! Some intensity follows including some brief extreme vocals. "Chamo" is where we get a couple of guests including a female singer who wrote her lyrics. And a cornet player who also adds his voice. Just a different animal from the rest.

"Theme Pour Le Rivage Des Morts" is the longest at over 12 1/2 minutes. Faint sounds and experimental for the first what 2 1/2 minutes as a bass line rises out of this. It kicks in heavily with sax over top. Check out the rhythm section! Even more intense before 7 minutes before letting up as we get a spacey calm around 9 minutes in. It's epic and distorted 11 1/2 minutes in for the final minute. The closer "Massacra" is a live tune recorded in Geneva, Switzerland. It builds to a heavy sound. Oh my! Guitar too and some insane laughter. The rhythm section is huge with sax over top. More guitar after 3 1/2 minutes. So good. The sax is back!

Man so much about this album just hits all the right buttons for me. I mean I'm a huge Bussonet fan but now I have to give it up for this insanely talented sax player along with Sera and Grandcamp. A must for fans of Avant and Jazz.

 Guillaume Perret & The Electric Epic by PERRET & THE ELECTRIC EPIC, GUILLAUME album cover Live, 2010
3.72 | 10 ratings

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Guillaume Perret & The Electric Epic Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Guldbamsen
Special Collaborator Retired Admin

4 stars Shimmers of hope for the future of French music

Before I leave France behind for the yellow brown soil of Italy, I suddenly realize that I haven't made any mention of the modern French music scene. So as a result of this, I think it fair to talk a little of what I personally consider to be one of the most shining beacons of the current scene - as well as finishing off the French trek of my world-wide road trip with my all-time fave French prog album(No I'm not telling yet, I have bunnies in the oven).

Guillaume Perret & The Electric Epic is one of the most interesting names who's merged the wild and frivolous nature of the early fusion scene with modern avant shadings as well as a big scoop of Zeuhl teutonics. With raw hard hitting guitar riffs, screaming saxophone licks and double pedal rumbles coming from underneath the soles of drummer extraordinaire Yoann Serra's feet, you too sense a familiarity about the hard edges of the music - the big swooping gulps of metallic counter-pointing.

As many probably will have picked up by now, it is indeed King Crimson and especially the latter day projects with their huge heavy rocking clashes, that I am referring to here. Of course the French aren't new to picking up the sweet nectar of Monsieur Fripp - as first with Richard Pinhas and later on with the likes of the Maurin brothers' bands NIL, Thork and Syrinx as well as Nebelnest and One Shot, but with Perret the focus is mainly kept on the surreal and quite yearning qualities of the saxophone. On this selftitled debut this rather charming facet to the music starts out in the presence of industrial uncouth guitar riffs, that wouldn't feel out of place on a Neurosis album. Together with the big steel boots drumming, it's not a far stretch to the dangerous black pounce of Mastelotto and Levin.

Poured on top of these crêpes - the cockadoodledoo tweets of main man Perret fly like a beat dream of Canterbury, colours and Mel Collins. This makes the music develop a softness and a wonderful opposition to the harshness of the kaleidoscopic metal fusion preceding it. With the aforementioned rumbling onslaught mostly leading things on, it is a most welcome change now and again to experience wisps of velvety sound slurping up against the metal bucket.

Lastly I really dig how the bass is so slappy, flappy and fascinated with the thumbing ways of Zeuhl. Mixed up with the clever kids from down the block - it bobs its way through the beatnik Canterbury fellas and the modern avant crowd with its black clothes and skeleton tattoos.

I hope for great things in the future - music will never stop, and especially the bands who find new ways of throwing old and antiquated spot lights on the past entice me - pull me in in a manner that has me looking forward to all the coming peacock coloured branchings of a style of music, that not only changed paths several times on its way, but literally made the people making it question the possibilities of patterned sound.

 Guillaume Perret & The Electric Epic by PERRET & THE ELECTRIC EPIC, GUILLAUME album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.65 | 27 ratings

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Guillaume Perret & The Electric Epic Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Music By Mail

5 stars The French saxophonist Guillaume Perret has conceived here a fantastically strong and cohesive imaginary musical universe! Making fire of all kind of woods (electric Miles, Ethiopian jazz, Zeuhl, metal, psychedelic, space rock, free jazz and more), he succeeds in giving you real unheard combinations; his use of distortion or wah wah on the saxophone, the presence of One Shot's telluric bass player Philippe Bussonet or NHX's drummer Yoann Serra, the choice of strong and unorthodox personalities like trumpetist Mederic Collignon, plus a shovelful of other oddities, nuances, details, all this contributes to the ironing of a powerful collective sound, a true delight for creative ears! I can hardly wait for the next step ...
 Guillaume Perret & The Electric Epic by PERRET & THE ELECTRIC EPIC, GUILLAUME album cover Live, 2010
3.72 | 10 ratings

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Guillaume Perret & The Electric Epic Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by zravkapt
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars This is some really good modern fusion, although I admit I haven't heard a lot of post-70s fusion. This features bassist Philippe Bussonet who played with Magma. There is a little bit of a Zeuhl influence here, and not just because of the bass. The electric sax work of Guillaume Perret is great. Some of the songs here were recorded in concert judging by the crowd applause.

"Massacra" starts with crowd noises, but this is not a live song. The crowd is sampled from some rally or something. There are some good samples and effects which add to the song. At first this song sounds more metal than fusion. "Circe" builds up in the last half with some great Zeuhl-like scat singing. "Brutalum Voluptuous" is more of a traditional jazz song. Not very fusion-y but still good. I like the echoed sax here. "Louop" has a cool part with just sax and drums. The electric guitar sounds more like an electric piano in this song. Nifty electronic sounds near the end. The album ends with the shortest song, "Troglodyte Polyglotte Anthropomorphique". A jazz-funk-ish workout. The song fades out just as a guitar solo starts; I would have liked to hear the rest.

This is definately a grower, I like it the more I hear it. The musicianship is tight and the sound good. These guys show a lot of promise. I can see G.P. & E.E. making a 100% studio album better than this. I would give this a 3.5 but can't bring myself to give it 4 stars. My ratings are fairly conservative, so a 3 star rating from me means it's a good album and should be heard; just not something you should go out your way to have in your collection. Recommended to fans of modern fusion.

 Guillaume Perret & The Electric Epic by PERRET & THE ELECTRIC EPIC, GUILLAUME album cover Live, 2010
3.72 | 10 ratings

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Guillaume Perret & The Electric Epic Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by snobb
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Guillaume Perret's debut album is really important event on French prog fusion scene. Professional sax player with strong jazz background, he collaborates on this album with Magma's veteran bassist Philippe Bussonnet. Other collaborator guitarist Jim Grandcamp played with Eric Serra and Jannick Top between others.

Music there on this album is not zeuhl, but very energetic and quite dark and heavy jazz fusion, but with pure jazz rock roots. Distorted bass in combination with fast and very complex drums builds quite zeulish, dark atmosphere, and guitar adds tension and nerve in very rocking manner. At the same time, sax is more free-jazzy, even avant sounding in moments.

There are no mellow tunes (happily) and relaxed romantic moments (I am so happy!) on this album at all. Mid- to fast tempo instrumentals, very precisely played, but far not too much polished, with tension and nerves, sharp sounds and complex improvs.Not very usual sound for French fusion, and possibly even more attractive because of that!

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