Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. If you thought Gong's Gazeuse!
Malherbe and Kimberly both offer vocals on "Give A Chance To To-Morrow;" the song and its lyrics veer toward the Gong canon, Album), offering a not-so-serious take on some seriously good music.
Emeric's "Dan Dan" is the lone non-Malherbe composition, and chiefly features his stellar guitar playing. Malherbe's epic "Suite a tout de suite" closes: an eclectic mix of acoustic guitar, sax and electric piano.
Bloom is a phenomenal album, offering yet another look at the remarkable talent that was Gong. Average: Select rating For completists only Typical of artist's work Good example of artist's work Best example of artist's work Classic album of the era Your rating: None Average: 3 1 vote.
Leave this field blank:. Tags: Albums. Malherbe A2 Whiskers - D. Malherbe [ N. Not only does Frenchman Didier Malherbe deserve legendary status as keeper of the Gong spirit through the band's many incarnations up to the Pierre Moerlen's Gong era, he is also, along with Elton Dean and Jimmy Hastings, considered the ultimate woodwind player on the Canterbury scene, thanks to his continued involvement in bands such as Pip Pyle's Equip'Out or Short Wave not to mention the reformed Gongand his guest live appearances with Hatfield and the North which he almost joined in lateNational Health, Kevin Ayers, Mashu, and many others.
Didier Antonin Malherbe was born in Paris in Discovering jazz as a teenager, he soon received classical training on the saxophone from a conservatory pupil. For two years, he also learned classical theory, until on one fateful day, aged 15, he followed a beret!
Meanwhile, Malherbe was attending Sorbonne university where he took an interest in philosophy and foreign languages. Inafter hearing the first Ravi Shankar album, Malherbe travelled to India, where he discovered bamboo flute and spend three months trying to play one and breaking many.
Returning to France, he started taking classical flute lessons, on the grounds that transverse flutes, being made out of metal, couldn't be broken. For the next couple of years, he played nothing but classical flute.
InMalherbe travelled around Morocco, staying at a community in Tanger, LP with other hippie musicians such as guitarist Davey Graham, and absorbing elements of Arabic music. Back in France again, he began playing extensively on the free jazz circuit, while still attending university, learning sanskrit and other languages. Malherbe's first contact with the Canterbury scene was his making the acquaintance with Kevin Ayers while on holiday in Formentera, in The following year, while staying at Robert Graves' house in Deya, where he spent one year practising flute, he made friends with Daevid Allen.
Returning to Paris, a busy schedule as a session man with Ravi Shankar and Alla Rakha among others and club player notably with expatriate American jazz pianist Burton Green, on whose album "Aquariana" Malherbe played followed, while Malherbe also led the folk band Morning Calm with violonist Gerry Fields.
In the summer ofMalherbe joined what was to become Gong, rehearsing and recording the material for "Magick Brother". Subsequently, he was the only musician to stay in the band through its many personnel changes, leaving only after the "Gazeuse! During Gong's many tours, he became acquainted, and later worked, with such musicians as Kevin Ayers, Cyrille Verdeaux and the members of Soft Machine and Hatfield and the North.
His contribution to Shamal"Bambooji", reflected his many ethnic influences, a direction he was to follow more deeply later on. After leaving Gong, he remained in contact with Pierre Moerlen, guesting at several gigs in and on the "Downwind" album in He was also, of course, on stage with his former colleagues at the big Gong party at the Hippodrome de Pantin in Paris in May During that hour event, he also performed with an improvised band with Patrice Lemoine and percussionist Sam Gopal.
He was not to follow this direction very long, however, as he then formed Bloom, LP, a band also comprising Yan Emeric guitarPeter Kimberley vocals, ex-BachdenkelWinston Berkeley bass and Jean Padovani drums. Bloom recorded an eponymous album inand toured France several times April to June and September to November There were plans for a live band to be formed at the time of the album's release, but the one gig played by this prestigious line-up Whiskers - Didier Malherbe - Bloom (Vinyl April was surprisingly met with indifference from the critics and labels.
During that period, he also worked with Gilli Smyth on several Mother Gong projects and tours. The following year, he started a fruitful collaboration with guitarist Pierre Bensusan, playing on two of his albums - "Solilai" and "Spices" - and touring the US as a duo.
Fifteen years later, they still play the occasional gig or tour together. Inhe was also a member of his former Gong colleague Pip Pyle's jazz band L'Equip'Out, playing on its debut album.
More lasting, though, was his association with former Magma and Zao pianist Faton Cahen. The music of Faton Bloom is rooted in jazz, in a colourful, joyous and sometimes exotic way. Many gigs and performances at various jazz festivals followed until Malherbe and Faton went their separate ways in In the meantine, Malherbe had started playing in singer Jacques Higelin's backing band, which at the time mid's also featured many former Magma and Weidorje members. Later in the decade, he toured with Yowel Wicenmecker under the collective name Ichtyornis, and guested on albums by Higelin, eccentric French singer Brigitte Fontaine and multi-instrumentalist Patrick Forgas.
In the summer ofhe joined Gong Maison, Daevid Allen's new band, which mixed acoustic songs with modern electronic beats, and eventually evolved into a new Gong line-up which recorded Whiskers - Didier Malherbe - Bloom (Vinyl "Shapeshifter" album in The nineties have seen Malherbe work on various solo projects : FetishFluviusHadouk
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