Author Topic: Jacques Lasry (father of Teddy Lasry) (27 albums 1956-1975)  (Read 676 times)

neowave

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Les Structures Sonores Lasry-Baschet
A french experimental band created in 1955 by Bernard Baschet,Yvonne Lasry and Jacques Lasry (Father of Teddy Lasry)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awaFd6gArLg (Film from January 13, 1961)



Interests early experimental non-electronic and and electronic music.
Many albums used a unique Cristal instrument consisting of glass elements.


A collection of the earliest recordings of the French sound sculpture musicians and Cristalists known as Structures Sonores Lasry-Baschet. Featuring the first fruits of one of the greatest unisons in experimental French music combining the beguiling haunting sounds of Jacques and Yvonne Lasry and the development of the musical inventions of Bemard and Francois Baschet. Exploring a similar route to that of early Michel Magne recordings (and often likened to “a French Harry Partch”) the emotive music made with these organic, municipal, revolutionary instruments between 1957 and 1962 rode a narrow path between post-Second World War experimental music and anti-electronica before providing the world with the sound of the Granada Television Picture Box theme and one of Magma’s deepest foundations.

The instruments known as Structures Sonores were designed and made in the late 1940s by Paris born engineer and sculptor siblings Bemard and Francois Baschet with the original aim to create portable, collapsible and municipal instruments based on inflatable components.

Eventually incorporating metal bars, steel rods, air-filled plastic spheres (balloons), crystal stems and steel bars the instruments were totally independent of electrical or electronic components or equipment sidestepping the celebrated trends in tape manipulation and musique concrete, standing at the journalistic forefront of French experimental music in the 1950s. Played using horsehair bows and wet glass rods which resonated the tubes and metal surfaces the amplification was produced by the movement of vibrating rods embedded in fixed plates and the timbre could be modified by altering the sizes of the resonators. By the early fifties the brothers had invented a series of large visually striking sculpture-like instruments that could be used by participants of any age regardless of any formal musical training mainly combining crystal, water and steel to create a specific delicate and very unique haunting sound.

A chance meeting with two enthusiastic piano based musicians called Jacques and Yvonne Lasry in 1954 lead to the formation of the Structures Sonores Lasry-Baschet (Lasry-Baschet Sound Structures) ensemble who spent the next decade touring the world while performing and composing for film, exhibitions and ballet performances. In 1960, Jean Cocteau contacted the association to provide music for his film, Le Testament d’Orphée (independently depicting a subject shared by concrètist Pierre Henry and Maurice Bejart) that was followed by a request from the French government in 1962 to represent France at the Seattle World’s Fair. The SSLB remained in the United States for a number of months playing concerts at universities travelling from California to New York where they performed at the prestigious Columbia University to a vibrant audience (including an excited Edgard Varese).

Receiving great global critical acclaim via articles in Life, Time, The New York Times and the Herald Tribune the Lasry-Baschet Sound Structures finally returned to Paris as acclaimed International musicians with a wide discography (having also sold a sculpture to the MOMA gallery which still remains in the its collection).

This compilation highlights the very earliest vinyl appearances of the collective that would become known as the Lasry-Baschet Sound Structures, including tracks from the first 1957 single for the Ducretet Thomson label, played by Jaques Lasry in his first solo “experimental” capacity, entitled L’orgue De Cristal Et Les Percussions (complete with it’s pop-political, almost anti-musique concrète “Instruments Non-Électroniques” disclaimer). The following selections mark the inauguration of an active relationship with the BAM label (an imprint also ironically committed to the aforementioned musique concrète movement), which marks the first of many compositions centred around both Jacques and Yvonne’s joint musical direction.

Included in the SSLB BAM discography are two notable ballet pieces from 1959 Jeux D’Ombres and Ballet Du Soho (both of which can be heard on the Cacophonic dedicated ballet release Danse Sacrale) which highlight the group’s adept conceptual compositional skills for multiple creative applications. The rare soundtrack to the J. Willemetz film L’Atomium (made especially for the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair) is also included here as testimony to the collective’s thematic versatility which already flourished in these formative experimental stages. Many of these inclusions also feature performances from the group’s regular collaborators such as clarinet player Roger Simon (De Wolfe/Chappell), vocalist Lucie Rapp and composer/percussionists Daniel Ouzounoff and Jacques Chollet alongside a rare piece featuring a young Teddy Lasry. The rare tracks from the Mister Blues EP for Unidisc stand as the first recordings of Teddy, who at just fifteen-years-old took over as the group’s lead clarinet player galvanising their celebrated family run image and in turn launched the career of a French progressive rock legend (providing bands like Magma with their signature cosmic military brass arrangements).

Within these formative years we hear the Lasry family at there most wide-eyed and vivacious. By pushing the Baschet instruments to their limits and presenting an unabashed free rhythmical approach the group embraced the fresh naked sounds in their rawest form before settling into a long-running career of concentrated melodic composition having truly mastered their unique tools alongside a new generation of Cristalists. The future years of Structures Sonores Lasry-Baschet would bequeath seminal tracks such as the sublime Manege, which (embodying many of the groups sonic watermarks found on this compendium) became the long-running title music for the British Granada Television series Picture Box (a programme that recontextualised European folklore films for children between 1966 and 1990) providing the group with their most far-reaching musical synchronisation commission and establishing Jacques as a successful (albeit uncredited) production music entity. On later period SSLB recordings in the 1970s Jacques would regroup with the then well-established Teddy Lasry to pursue similar work for moving image, composing themes for French library music labels (an increasingly collectable genre that bequeaths some hidden jewels of the SSLB family’s unofficial discography). Vive les Cristalists!






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[1956] Michèle Arnaud - L'étang chimérique (Mono Version) [Ducretet Thomson] [460 V 163]
[1957] Albert Weinberg - Jean Maurel - Le Triangle Bleu [Musidisc; Le Petit Poucet] [PP 87]
[1957] Jacques Lasry, François Baschet - L'Orgue De Cristal Et Les Percussions [Ducretet Thomson] [460 V 293] ***
[1957] Les Nouvelles Structures Sonores Lasry-Baschet - La Mort Du Clown - La Danse Du Ressort - Bolide [Ducretet Thomson] [460 V 337] [Ver 1] ***
[1957] Les Nouvelles Structures Sonores Lasry-Baschet - La Mort Du Clown - La Danse Du Ressort - Bolide [Ducretet Thomson] [460 V 337] [Ver 2] ***
[1957] Michèle Arnaud - Michèle Arnaud, vol. 2 (Mono Version) [Ducretet Thomson] [260 V 045]
[1958] Jacques Douai - Noëls anciens (Mono Version) [BAM] [LD 341]
[1958] Jacques Lasry and His Orchestra - In the Still of the Night (Mono Version)
[1958] Les Structures sonores Lasry-Baschet - Musique De L'Atomium. Structures Sonores À L'Expo 1958 [President Hifi Records] [PRC 87] ***
[1960] Caroline Cler - Bestiaire Pour Petits Et Grands [BAM] [EX 250]
[1962] Hélène Martin - Récital Nº 2 [BAM] [LD 391]
[1962] Structures sonores Lasry-Baschet - Mister Blues (Mono Version) [FLAC Low quality]
[1962] Structures Sonores Lasry-Baschet - Mister Blues [Unidisc] [EX 45 145 M] [MP3] ***
[1966] Les Structures Sonores Lasry-Baschet - Structures Sonores Lasry-Baschet [BAM] [LD 5066]
[1966] Sarah Gorby  & Structures Sonores Lasry-Baschet - Songs Of The Ghetto [Philips] [PCC-621] [FLAC]
[1966] Sarah Gorby & Structures Sonores Lasry-Baschet - Les Chants Du Ghetto [Ricordi] [30 S 034] [MP3]
[1967] Jacques Doyen, Jacques Lasry Et La Voix De Arlette Thomas - Poésie À Mi-Voix [Barclay] [88.006 S]
[1969] Jacques Lasry - Chronophagie 'The Time Eaters' [Columbia Masterworks] [MS 7314] ***
[1972] Doyen - Lasry - Poèmes Dits Par Jacques Doyen [Disques Alvarès] [C. 475]
[1972] Structures Sonores Lasry-Baschet - Musique Démesurée [International Music Label] [IML 03] ***
[1975] Jacques Lasry - Structures Sonores [Daphy; PES] [69 506; PES 301 101] ***
[1975] Jacques Lasry; Jacques Doyen - Contes De La 5ème Saison Écrits Et Dits Par Jacques Doyen [Not On Label] [C.472]
[2013] Lasry - Baschet - Instruments Non-électroniques [Cacophonic] [11CACKLP] ***
[2013] Les Structures Sonores Lasry-Baschet - Structures Sonores (Remastered) [BAM] [EX 259] ***
Jacques Lasry - Les structures sonores (Mono Version) (supposedly wrong names)
Lasry-Baschet - Ballet Du Soho ***
Lasry-Baschet - Structures Sonores (compilation)
Les Structures Sonores Lasry-Baschet - Pièces Nouvelles - Ballet Du Soho - Spontanéité - Altitude 10.000 [BAM] [LD 5108] ***
Structures Sonores Lasry-Baschet - N° 4 [BAM] [LD 098] ***

 *** - Preferable albums

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neowave

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In Search:
Structures Sonores Lasry Baschet* ‎– Structures Sonores Lasry-Baschet - Patchwork MC 32 (MCT 32)
https://www.discogs.com/Structures-Sonores-Lasry-Baschet-Structures-Sonores-Lasry-Baschet/release/2490453

tezeta

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Re: Jacques Lasry (father of Teddy Lasry) (27 albums 1956-1975)
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2019, 05:55:23 PM »
What a fantastic post. Thanks so much, neowave!

And by all means, if anyone has the Patchwork LP, I'd also love to hear it.

Flemming

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Re: Jacques Lasry (father of Teddy Lasry) (27 albums 1956-1975)
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2019, 07:20:11 PM »
Massive share, thanks a lot neowave!  :)

mucrim

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Re: Jacques Lasry (father of Teddy Lasry) (27 albums 1956-1975)
« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2019, 03:39:55 PM »
Thank you very much Neowave.

owlglass

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Re: Jacques Lasry (father of Teddy Lasry) (27 albums 1956-1975)
« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2019, 09:09:34 AM »
Amazing! Thanks, neowave!

owlglass

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Re: Jacques Lasry (father of Teddy Lasry) (27 albums 1956-1975)
« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2019, 11:34:18 AM »
This compilation doesn't seem to be in the collection – though the tracks are most likely all there. If you're interested, I can share it (lossless).

neowave

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Re: Jacques Lasry (father of Teddy Lasry) (27 albums 1956-1975)
« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2019, 12:53:52 PM »
Yes, they are repeated for the most part. If something differs in sound for the better, then yes, I will add to the folder.
There is also an album on the disc Yvonne *, Jacques * & Teddy Lasry / Les Structures Sonores Lasry / Baschet * - I did not order L'Orgue de Cristal, it is inexpensive. He is not in WEB rips.
https://www.discogs.com/Yvonne-Jacques-Teddy-Lasry-Les-Structures-Sound-Lasry-Baschet-LOrgue de Cristal/release/2252076

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Yvonne-Jacques-Teddy-Lasry-LOrgue-De-Cristal-1994-Cezame-CEZ-4007/153450031253
According to the seller’s terms, the disc is not delivered to my country. It would be great to get this rip
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owlglass

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Re: Jacques Lasry (father of Teddy Lasry) (27 albums 1956-1975)
« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2019, 03:26:52 PM »
Yes, they are repeated for the most part. If something differs in sound for the better, then yes, I will add to the folder.

I haven't checked how much difference there is, if any, but here it is in any case:

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neowave

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Re: Jacques Lasry (father of Teddy Lasry) (27 albums 1956-1975)
« Reply #9 on: October 04, 2019, 04:19:56 PM »
15 Years vs. Jacques Lasry Pack
=> 1st is better
<= 2nd is better

01 - Marche - MONO <= Daniel Ouzounoff - Marche. Why? Stereo
02 - Paludisme <=  Paludisme [2013] Lasry - Baschet - Instruments Non-électroniques [Cacophonic] [11CACKLP] Why? 2 No Scratches
03 - Cosmotonie <= [1958] Les Structures sonores Lasry-Baschet - Musique De L'Atomium. Why? No Scratches, HQ sound.
04 - Danse Du Cristal No.2 <= Jacques Lasry - Les structures sonores (Mono Version) Why? No Scratches
05 - Chronophagie 2 => [1969] Jacques Lasry - Chronophagie 'The Time Eaters' Why? More reach sound

neowave

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Re: Jacques Lasry (father of Teddy Lasry) (27 albums 1956-1975)
« Reply #10 on: October 04, 2019, 04:22:28 PM »
UPDATE
[2013] Lasry - Baschet - Instruments Non-électroniques [Cacophonic] [11CACKLP] - Completely De-HUMmed and
08. Lasry - Baschet - Paludisme [Part 2] - completely declicked
09. Lasry - Baschet - Musique Du Film Cosmotonie - completely declicked
10. Lasry - Baschet - Paludisme [Part 1] - Partly Declicked
11. Lasry - Baschet - Quatuor Pour Trois - completely declicked

In folder BONUS Addition:
Baschet, Deneuve, Dumont - 4 Espaces Sonores [1982] [Disques Pizzicato] [PIZ 62 013] FLAC
Bernard & François Baschet - Les Sculptures Sonores - The First Fifty Years (FMR Records, 1999) [FLAC] [Thanks owlglass]
VA - Danse Sacrale; 14 Early Avant-Garde & Electronic Compositions for Ballet & Modern Dance (2014)
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Re: Jacques Lasry (father of Teddy Lasry) (27 albums 1956-1975)
« Reply #11 on: October 04, 2019, 07:22:07 PM »
Thanks for the additional 4 Espaces Sonores!