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Pygmy Unit // Signals From Earth LP

Pygmy Unit // Signals From Earth LP

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Pygmy Unit, a spiritual jazz band from San Francisco, USA, will open in Italy in December 2022.It is a reissue record released from Holidays with a limited edition of 500 copies.

It is the only work they independently released in 1974.Ultra Psychedelic Spiritual Jazz ~ Free ImprovisationContains 12 songs.Below is an explanation by the label.

Pygmy Unit's 'Signals From Earth', the band's self-produced 1974 release, carved a little-known and unique path in the history of American West Coast jazz.
Pygmy Unit, a seven-piece band led by Darrell DeVore on flute, bass, percussion, piano and vocals, emerged on the San Francisco scene in the early 7s.Native American tenor saxophonist Jim Pepper, known as a member of the Mal Waldron Quartet, has performed with Charlie Haden, Don Cherry and others, and released the cult favorite "Pepper's Paw" from Embrio Records in 1970.・Wow” is being produced.Participating on saxophone, synthesizer, and percussion, John Serona later gained attention as an electronic composer.Little is known about the remaining members, saxophonist Frank Albright, bassoonist Ron Gran, and percussionist Marvin Kirkland.This LP seems to be all of their recordings.

Moving between avant-garde electronic music, spiritual jazz, and free improvisation, the band was undeniably jazz, but the product of a diverse creative fermentation that unfolded in their hometown of San Francisco in the 1960s. . Embracing the DIY ethos (many of the instruments used on the recording were made by DeVore himself, a self-described "traveling flute maker"), this ensemble draws on Jim Pepper's Native American roots, Referenced through chanting, percussion, and concept backing, we intuit the soul of spiritual jazz, wild moments of synth- and electronic-effects-driven avant-gardeism, and wild free improvisational outbursts.

"The development of new music is a continuous path that grows directionally according to unifying psychoacoustic phenomena. This record is proof of that development and contains 12 performances. 12 Played in stages, in different acoustic spaces, with a variety of combinations of musicians and instruments, the music is shaped by the signals received and transmitted by life on this planet. Unwritten, unrehearsed, music develops, using new and traditional approaches, and ultimately music develops as a natural extension of the environment in which it exists. The purpose of the tradition... is to send a signal from Earth to space.

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1st edition of 500 - no repress. Deluxe edition with two booklets. Originally released in 1974. 

Holiday Records:

"Blending Native American references into a body of sonority that draws on free improvisation, experimental electronic music, and spiritual jazz, Pygmy Unit's “Signals From Earth” - originally self-released by the band in 1974 - forges a singular and almost entirely unknown path, and stands almost entirely on its own in the history of west coast American jazz.

First appearing on the San Francisco scene sometime during the early 1970s, almost nothing is know about the Pygmy Unit, a seven piece band steered by Darrel De Vore, who contributed flute, bass, percussion, piano, and vocals to the band's lone LP, first appeared with percussionist Terry Wilson within the psychedelic folk rock band, The Charlatans, who belonged to the legendary Family Dog scene. Jim Pepper, a Native American tenor saxophonist known for being a member of the Mal Waldron Quartet, played with Charlie Haden, Don Cherry, and numerous others, and produced the cult favorite, “Pepper's Pow Wow”, for Embryo Records in 1971. John Celona, ​​who contributes parts on sax, synthesizer, and percussion, would later go on to be regarded as an electronic composer of some note. Of the remaining members, saxophonist Frank Albright, bassoonist Ron Grunn, and percussionist Marvin Kirkland, very little else is known.

While undeniably jazz - riding a remarkable line between avant-garde electronic music, spiritual jazz, and free improvisation - the band was very much a product of the diverse creative ferment that developed in their hometown of San Francisco during the 1960s. Embodying the raw spirit of DIY (many of the instruments used in the recordings were made by DeVore himself, self-described as an “itinerant flute-maker”) the ensemble channels references - via passages of chanting and percussion, as well as conceptual underpinnings - from Jim Pepper's Native American roots, intuiting them with the soulfulness of spiritual jazz, wild moments of avant-gardism centered around synths and electronic effects, and explosions of wild free improvisation.

“Development of new music is a continuous path that grows directionally according to psychoacoustical phenomena available for unification. This record is evidence of that development, containing 12 performance pieces, at 12 separate times in different acoustical spaces with various combinations of musicians and instrumentation. music is shaped by signals, received and sent by life forms on this planet. It is unwritten, unrehearsed, utilizing new and traditional approaches to energy, motion, and form. Eventually, music develops as a natural extension of the environment in which it exists It is the aim of the traditions… to signal the universe from the Earth.”

Artist : Pygmy Unit

Label : Holiday Records

Pygmy Unit, a spiritual jazz band from San Francisco, USA, will open in Italy in December 2022.It is a reissue record released from Holidays with a limited edition of 500 copies.

It is the only work they independently released in 1974.Ultra Psychedelic Spiritual Jazz ~ Free ImprovisationContains 12 songs.Below is an explanation by the label.

Pygmy Unit's 'Signals From Earth', the band's self-produced 1974 release, carved a little-known and unique path in the history of American West Coast jazz.
Pygmy Unit, a seven-piece band led by Darrell DeVore on flute, bass, percussion, piano and vocals, emerged on the San Francisco scene in the early 7s.Native American tenor saxophonist Jim Pepper, known as a member of the Mal Waldron Quartet, has performed with Charlie Haden, Don Cherry and others, and released the cult favorite "Pepper's Paw" from Embrio Records in 1970.・Wow” is being produced.Participating on saxophone, synthesizer, and percussion, John Serona later gained attention as an electronic composer.Little is known about the remaining members, saxophonist Frank Albright, bassoonist Ron Gran, and percussionist Marvin Kirkland.This LP seems to be all of their recordings.

Moving between avant-garde electronic music, spiritual jazz, and free improvisation, the band was undeniably jazz, but the product of a diverse creative fermentation that unfolded in their hometown of San Francisco in the 1960s. . Embracing the DIY ethos (many of the instruments used on the recording were made by DeVore himself, a self-described "traveling flute maker"), this ensemble draws on Jim Pepper's Native American roots, Referenced through chanting, percussion, and concept backing, we intuit the soul of spiritual jazz, wild moments of synth- and electronic-effects-driven avant-gardeism, and wild free improvisational outbursts.

"The development of new music is a continuous path that grows directionally according to unifying psychoacoustic phenomena. This record is proof of that development and contains 12 performances. 12 Played in stages, in different acoustic spaces, with a variety of combinations of musicians and instruments, the music is shaped by the signals received and transmitted by life on this planet. Unwritten, unrehearsed, music develops, using new and traditional approaches, and ultimately music develops as a natural extension of the environment in which it exists. The purpose of the tradition... is to send a signal from Earth to space.

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1st edition of 500 - no repress. Deluxe edition with two booklets. Originally released in 1974. 

Holiday Records:

"Blending Native American references into a body of sonority that draws on free improvisation, experimental electronic music, and spiritual jazz, Pygmy Unit's “Signals From Earth” - originally self-released by the band in 1974 - forges a singular and almost entirely unknown path, and stands almost entirely on its own in the history of west coast American jazz.

First appearing on the San Francisco scene sometime during the early 1970s, almost nothing is know about the Pygmy Unit, a seven piece band steered by Darrel De Vore, who contributed flute, bass, percussion, piano, and vocals to the band's lone LP, first appeared with percussionist Terry Wilson within the psychedelic folk rock band, The Charlatans, who belonged to the legendary Family Dog scene. Jim Pepper, a Native American tenor saxophonist known for being a member of the Mal Waldron Quartet, played with Charlie Haden, Don Cherry, and numerous others, and produced the cult favorite, “Pepper's Pow Wow”, for Embryo Records in 1971. John Celona, ​​who contributes parts on sax, synthesizer, and percussion, would later go on to be regarded as an electronic composer of some note. Of the remaining members, saxophonist Frank Albright, bassoonist Ron Grunn, and percussionist Marvin Kirkland, very little else is known.

While undeniably jazz - riding a remarkable line between avant-garde electronic music, spiritual jazz, and free improvisation - the band was very much a product of the diverse creative ferment that developed in their hometown of San Francisco during the 1960s. Embodying the raw spirit of DIY (many of the instruments used in the recordings were made by DeVore himself, self-described as an “itinerant flute-maker”) the ensemble channels references - via passages of chanting and percussion, as well as conceptual underpinnings - from Jim Pepper's Native American roots, intuiting them with the soulfulness of spiritual jazz, wild moments of avant-gardism centered around synths and electronic effects, and explosions of wild free improvisation.

“Development of new music is a continuous path that grows directionally according to psychoacoustical phenomena available for unification. This record is evidence of that development, containing 12 performance pieces, at 12 separate times in different acoustical spaces with various combinations of musicians and instrumentation. music is shaped by signals, received and sent by life forms on this planet. It is unwritten, unrehearsed, utilizing new and traditional approaches to energy, motion, and form. Eventually, music develops as a natural extension of the environment in which it exists It is the aim of the traditions… to signal the universe from the Earth.”

Artist : Pygmy Unit

Label : Holiday Records