Thursday, December 22, 2016

PHIL WOODS And HIS EUROPEAN RHYTHM MACHINE – Live At Montreux 72 (LP-1972 / Pierre Cardin – STEC 131)

Label: Les Disques Pierre Cardin – STEC 131
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album / Country: France / Released: 1972
Style: Free Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Free Improvisation
Recorded June 19. 1972 at the Montreux Jazz Festival.
Design [Cover, both side] By – Pierre Cardin
Photography By [Front/Back Cover] – David Redfern
Engineer – Stephen Sulke
Graphics – Hartmut Pfeiffer
Mastered By – Christian Orsini
Producer, Mixed By – Emmanuel "Pinpin" Sciot
Original French pressing with round corners
Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched): STEC 131 A
Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, etched): STEC 131 B

It's not my rip (a gift from A. R.) so I apologize for the relatively poor sound. But the album is great.

A  -  The Executive Suite .................................................................... 26:00
B1 - Falling ........................................................................................... 9:00
B2 - It Does Not Really Matter Who You Are ..................................... 15:00

All compositions by Gordon Beck

Phil Woods and his European Rhythm Machine:
Phil Woods --- alto saxophone
Gordon Beck --- piano
Ron Mattewson --- bass
Daniel Humair --- drums, percussion

This LP is a real rarity how for the record company that produced it, so also for the jazz music and the huge number of admirers an early Phil Woods. The album has never re-issued on CD. 
In the early 70s, the Italian-French fashion designer Pierre Cardin, great lover of music, founded a record company in his name, which had very short life and that was distinguished by his covers particularly elegant artwork, designed by himself.

In the short period of activity he published several LP's, not only of jazz, among which also the French edition of the Concerto Grosso by New Trolls.
Of particular interest are the recordings made during the Montreux Jazz Festival 1972 concert by Jean-Luc Ponty, the Lubat, Louis and Engel Group, in addition to this the European Rhythm Machine Phil Woods, who at the time was hailed as a masterpiece.
Briton David Waddington critic of Jazz called this album "a fluid and breathtaking improvisation titanic wise." The A-side of the vinyl with engaging twenty-five minutes of 'Executive Suite was also described by critics Brian Case and Stan Britt, in their Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz, "a tour de force of the alto sax, with no accompanying sequences in which Woods gives vent his extraordinary instrumental mastery acute from screaming extreme to severe extreme moaning of the instrument. "
In England, the album was released by Verve, on granting the French publisher, with a different layout.

At a distance of forty four years the record is still valid and is an extraordinary testimony to the evolutionary trend of those years jazz. Roberto Arcuri, about that experience said, "Go and hear the term European Rhythm Machine, that was not a rival of no one, Phil Woods was a wonderful musician, super, which remained like that. "

Colossal music. My favorite album for this month.

If you find it, buy this album!


  1. PHIL WOODS And His EUROPEAN RHYTHM MACHINE – Live At Montreux 72 (LP-1972)
    Vinyl Rip/FLAC+Artwork


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  2. Nice one and thanks - one of my favourite Vinyl's although I have a different cover. Thanks again

  3. Hi Vitko,
    I hope it is not to late, but I would like to wish you a very happy new year. But mainly I would like to thank you for all your wonderful rips you posted all through the last year. Thanks for all your efforts, ripping, designing, scanning and posting. I do not had time to listen to all of them, but I appreciated what I have heard when I had time to listen carefully. Great and sometimes very adventurous sounds.

    Uwe from Germany.

  4. Thanks Uwe, I also wish you good health and a happy new year.

  5. Please, another download link?

  6. No need for a new link. Mediafire works very well.

    1. I missed that, thank you! Much appreciated, as would be any other Disques Pierre Cardin you may see fit to share. :)