One Night At The 1001 [coll] – [Sub Rosa]
In 1954, Brion Gysin (longtime William S. Burroughs collaborator) traveled to Morocco and opened a restaurant in Tangiers called The Thousand and One Nights. I was here he would present the best Jajouka musicians nightly, as well as other Moroccan groups who specialized in exorcism and trance.
The first of this two-disc release includes recordings of a random night at The 1001. The musicians are unknown, and the tracks unnamed, but the first CD is super rare, super top notch Jajouka music. Definitely trancey and hypnotic, it conjures up a time and place, the recordings are raw, and may include Gysin coughing and making noises near the mic (see insert for letter to Raymuntcho Matta from Paul Bowles).
The second disc is fascinating too. Brion Gysin reads a poem, Dilaloo, an hour long piece about the origin of Life and so on. The poem is based on a Jajouka initiation ceremony Gysin was included in. Talks a lot about orgasms, genitals, rectums, masturbation, jelly etc. Gysin’s voice is almost monotonous, and plays directly with the ambient electronic hums by Matta.
For some reason it’s broken up into 41 different tracks, but all of CD2 tracks through. Favorite phrase: shit-encrusted armadillo gristle
Another piece of gold for KFJCs spoken word collection. Must play!
CD2-FCC: 3,5,7,8,9,11,13,17,18,19,20,34,38 but a lot is just downright naughty