Album Review

Orkustra, The – “Adventures In Experimental Electric Orchestra” – [Kemado Records]

Cousin Mary   3/15/2010   12-inch, A Library

Excellent liner notes written by guitarist Bobby BeauSoleil (bo-so-LAY) tell the story of his arrival in the Haight-Ashbury in 1965 and his subsequent formation of an electric chamber orchestra which became a quintet known as the Orkustra. The notes tell of finding a drummer with a jazz background, a violinist and oboist with classical training, and a bassist who liked to play along with records; further recollections entail music stores and experimenting with microphone pickups and the many gigs and venues that they played. Violinist David LaFlamme had saved some tapes, thus this album was made possible. The music is improvised, 60’s psychedelia with occasional hints of Sun Ra and blues. Frequently beautiful, haunting, original.

What happened to BeauSoleil after this group disbanded? He is still serving a life sentence in prison for murder committed in 1969 with Charles Manson.

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