Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Cerrone – Music Of Life (Malligator)

Lost but not least! Cerrone – Music Of Life (Malligator)

French Disco Don Marc Cerrone in a quite unusual mood back in 1978 with this underrated gem. The challenge happened to be quite big for him back then. In other words, coming up with the right follow-up to the quite futuristic ‘Supernature’ album. A challenge which he successively achieved on his fourth installment, going back to some Euro Disco flavors.

Most likely led by the memorable ‘Je suis music’ and its socio-political concerns, ‘Cerrone IV’ also featured the hedonistic ‘Music Of Life’. A sophisticated jam arranged by Don Ray, which he built on a Bossa/Jazz rhythm pattern. Hard to not make the comparison with Grace Jones‘ version of ‘La vie en rose’.
Transient British Acid Jazz band Paprika Soul gave it an outstanding cover version some 24 years after on their second and final album, ‘Into The Light’…

The son of Italian migrants, Cerrone got himself stuck to the music of Otis Redding by the age of 12. He soon after discovered Santana and Jimi Hendrix.
I remember him telling me how the French record execs rejected his music back in the day. They obviously didn’t understand it. Nor its construction based on a quite unusual 4X4 beat at the time. He nevertheless released his debut-album – ‘Love In C Minor’ – on his own label. And eventually got a recording deal with Atlantic Records in America.
The rest would become history for the drummer. Be it on his own as along with Kongas, Alec R. Constandinos and Don Ray.

Cerrone made himself a reputation while standing apart from anything else. Musically as visually speaking, not to mention with his spectacular live performances.
‘Love In C Minor’, but also ‘Supernature’, ‘Give Me Love’ and ‘Je suis music’ stand as his pivotal successes. And just like Giorgio Moroder, he also ventured into soundtracks. He eventually supplied music scores for films such as ‘Brigade Mondaine I, II and III’. Not to mention the music for the onstage French version of ‘Clockwork Orange’ in 2006.

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