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Pygmy Unit // Signals From Earth LP

Pygmy Unit // Signals From Earth LP

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This is a reissue record by Pygmy Unit, a spiritual jazz band from San Francisco, USA, released in April 2024 by Holidays in Italy in a limited edition of 4 copies.

It is the only work they independently released in 1974.Ultra Psychedelic Spiritual Jazz ~ Free ImprovisationContains 12 songs. Includes two 8-page booklets.

Below is a commentary by the label.

"Pygmy Unit's 'Signals From Earth', the band's 1974 independent recording, carved out a unique, little-known 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 in a direction according to unifiable psychoacoustic phenomena. This record is evidence of that development and contains performances of 12 songs. 12 It was performed in different acoustic spaces and with different combinations of musicians and instruments. Music is shaped by the signals received and transmitted by life on this planet: energy, movement, and form. Music develops, unwritten and unrehearsed, using new and traditional approaches. Ultimately, music develops as a natural extension of the environment in which it exists. The purpose of the tradition...is to send signals from Earth to space.

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12" black vinyl reissue (remastered). Originally released in 1974. Edition of 300. 

tracklist:

Primitive         
A1                    Coke
A2                    Trees
A3                    Little Flute
A4                    Big Flutes
A5                    Pyramid
A6                    Dragonfly Dance
A7                    Might Not Be On Time
Traditional Space       
B1                    Where The Dreams Are Kept
B2                    clouds
B3                    I'm Going Down To The River Again
B4                    Or
B5                    Signals From Earth

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

CAT No: FOLLOW 133

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This is a reissue record by Pygmy Unit, a spiritual jazz band from San Francisco, USA, released in April 2024 by Holidays in Italy in a limited edition of 4 copies.

It is the only work they independently released in 1974.Ultra Psychedelic Spiritual Jazz ~ Free ImprovisationContains 12 songs. Includes two 8-page booklets.

Below is a commentary by the label.

"Pygmy Unit's 'Signals From Earth', the band's 1974 independent recording, carved out a unique, little-known 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 in a direction according to unifiable psychoacoustic phenomena. This record is evidence of that development and contains performances of 12 songs. 12 It was performed in different acoustic spaces and with different combinations of musicians and instruments. Music is shaped by the signals received and transmitted by life on this planet: energy, movement, and form. Music develops, unwritten and unrehearsed, using new and traditional approaches. Ultimately, music develops as a natural extension of the environment in which it exists. The purpose of the tradition...is to send signals from Earth to space.

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12" black vinyl reissue (remastered). Originally released in 1974. Edition of 300. 

tracklist:

Primitive         
A1                    Coke
A2                    Trees
A3                    Little Flute
A4                    Big Flutes
A5                    Pyramid
A6                    Dragonfly Dance
A7                    Might Not Be On Time
Traditional Space       
B1                    Where The Dreams Are Kept
B2                    clouds
B3                    I'm Going Down To The River Again
B4                    Or
B5                    Signals From Earth

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

CAT No: FOLLOW 133