Brian Jones Presents the Pipes of Pan at Joujouka

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Brian Jones Presents the Pipes of Pan at Joujouka
Live album by Brian Jones and Master Musicians of Joujouka
Released October 8, 1971
September 26, 1995
Recorded 1968, Morocco
Genre Folk music
Language Moroccan dialect
Label Rolling Stones Records
Producer Brian Jones
Compiler Brian Jones
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Brian Jones Presents the Pipes of Pan at Joujouka was an album produced by Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones. The album was a recording of the Moroccan group the Master Musicians of Joujouka,[2] in performance on 29 July 1968 in the village of Jajouka in Morocco and released on Rolling Stones Records, and distributed by Atco Records in 1971.[3] Jones called the tracks "a specially chosen representation" of music played in the village during the annual week-long Rites of Pan Festival.[4] It was significant for presenting the Moroccan group to a global audience, drawing other musicians to Jajouka, including Ornette Coleman.[5]

The album was reissued in 1995. The executive producers were Philip Glass, Kurt Munkasci, and Rory Johnston, with notes by Bachir Attar, Paul Bowles, William S. Burroughs, Stephen Davis, Jones, Brion Gysin, and David Silver. This deluxe album included additional graphics, more extensive notes by David Silver and Burroughs, and a second CD, produced by Cliff Mark, with two “full-length remixes.”[6]

Background[edit]

Painter/novelist Brion Gysin first heard music from the area with American writer Paul Bowles at a festival in Sidi-Kacem in 1950.[7][8] Entranced with the music's sound, he later was led to the village to hear the music in person by Moroccan painter Mohamed Hamri.[8][9][10][11] Gysin,[9] along with Hamri,[12] brought Brian Jones to hear the village music in 1968.[7]

The album's music included songs meant for the village's "most important religious holiday festival, Aid el Kbir".[7] The festival's ritual of dressing a young boy dressed as "Bou Jeloud, the Goat God" wearing the "skin of a freshly slaughtered goat", involved the child's running to "spread panic through the darkened village" as the musicians played with abandon.[7][13] Gysin connected the ritual, performed to protect the village's health in the coming year, to the fertility festival of Lupercalia and the "ancient Roman rites of Pan"; he referred to the Bou Jeloud dancer as "Pan" and "the Father of Skins".[7][8] This name stuck, leading to the reference to Pan in the album's title.[7]

Jones, recording engineer George Chkiantz, and Gysin travelled to the village in 1968, accompanied by Hamri and Jones's girlfriend Suki Potier to record the musicians using a portable Uher recorder.[13][14][15] Jones worked on the two-track recordings in London, adding stereo phasing, echo, and other effects.[16][17] Jones edited the full-band selection to 14 minutes by "cross-phasing fragments of a work that runs to some ninety minutes in uncut form".[16]

The album included three types of music: repetitive vocal chants "similar to those employed throughout Islam", flute and drum music featuring "several distinct melodic motifs and improvisations over a drone" played by two flutists and several drummers, and the full village orchestra's drum and horn music played to accompany the "frenzied dance of Bou Jeloud, a Moroccan Pan".[13]

The New York Times reviewer Robert Palmer reported that the call-and-response horn motifs are "handed down from generation to generation".[16] Palmer, noting the "drumming rhythms are definitely African", paraphrased Gysin as connecting the musical origins to Spain, "from the Moorish courts of Cordova and Seville".[16]

The cover illustration on the 1971 album was originally a painting by Mohamed Hamri[18][19] depicting the master musicians with Brian Jones in the center. Jones edited the album and prepared the art work together with designer, Al Vandenburg. He put one of Hamri's son’s paintings on the inside cover.[19] Jones finished producing the LP several months before his death in 1969.[20]

The album's release date was initially set for September 3, 1971, but was pushed back to October 8.[21]

Jones' ex-girlfriend Anita Pallenberg said that Jones had wanted to incorporate the Jajouka sound into the music of the Rolling Stones.[citation needed] In the Jean-Luc Godard movie Sympathy for the Devil, Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts is seen playing a Jajouka drum during a rehearsal.[citation needed]

1995 Re-release[edit]

In 1995, a CD reissue of the album was issued. It was licensed from Allen Klein's Musidor by Point Music. A new 1990s photo of Bachir Attar, by his wife and manager American photographer Cherie Nutting, replaced Hamri's original painting of Brian Jones and the Master Musicians of Joujouka which Jones had chosen as his cover. It also included in a side bar a photo of the late Jones by Michael Cooper as well as further contemporary photos of and a "Bou Jeloud" dancer by Nutting.[22][23] The CD's album title changed to "Brian Jones Presents The Pipes of Pan At Jajouka" to tie in with The Master Musicians of Jajouka led by Bachir Attar. The name Master Musicians of Jajouka was used on the Master Musicians of Joujouka's second album due to contact conflicts.[18][24] While the original vinyl album consisted of "two untitled, unbroken LP sides", the reissue separated the songs into six tracks with titles.[25][26] The reissue cut the Master Musicians of Joujouka out of their rights and resulted in international protests organized by Frank Rynne and Joe Ambrose at concerts by Bachir Attar in London, New York and San Francisco as well as Philip Glass concerts in London and elsewhere.[27][28] Brion Gysin's original sleeve-notes were altered to remove all reference to the central role that Hamri played in introducing him to the music of the village.[29] A Brion Gysin illustration decorated an essay by Paul Bowles in the liner notes.[30] The CD's executive producers were Philip Glass, Kurt Munkacsi, and Rory Johnston.[31] Brian Jones was credited as producer. The multi-page booklet also included reminiscences and edited essays about the original band written by Brion Gysin, (who died in 1986 and therefore was not consulted), David Silver, Stephen Davis, William S. Burroughs, Brian Jones, and Bachir Attar.[32]

A "Joujouka" group, mentored by Hamri from the 1950s until his death in 2000, continued releasing records on Sub Rosa Records, using their original name, Master Musicians of Joujouka as used on the 1971 release and Mohamed Hamri's Tales of Joujouka. And the group The Master Musicians of Jajouka led by Bachir Attar continues to record music and now issues CDs on their own label Jajouka Records, in addition to performing on regular tours and recording music for film scores.

In 1995 Frank Rynne and "art-terrorist" and writer Joe Ambrose using Mohamed Hamri launched an international campaign demanding their interest in their recording with Brian Jones be recognised and that the re-release be withdrawn from sale until their concerns were addressed. The group led by the second youngest son of Hadj Abdesalam Attar still perform under the name Master Musicians of Jajouka led by Bachir Attar,[33] recording the song "Continental Drift" in Tangier with the Rolling Stones on the Steel Wheels album in 1989.[34][35] Led by Attar's son and successor,[5][33] as band leader[36] Bachir Attar,[33][35] also released soundtrack recordings under the Jajouka name and album recordings under the name Master Musicians of Jajouka Featuring Bachir Attar in the 1990s and 2000s. According to Bachir Attar the Master Musicians of that early group were led by tribal chief Hadj Abdesalam Attar. Rikki Stein who managed the Master Musicians of Joujouka/ Master Musicians of Jajouka noted that in 1971 the leaders of the musicians were Mohamed Attar, known as Berdouz, who led the drummers and Mallim Fedal who led the pipers. This throws doubt on the claim that Hadj Abdelsalm Attar was leader, tribal or otherwise, in the late 1960s or early 1970s. However, Rikki Stein has since pointed out that there were regular elections held amongst the musicians and their supporters, who were also permitted to vote. In the late sixties and early seventies Hadj Abdelsalam Attar was, effectively, the 'Rais' (President) of the Al Sarif Folklore Association created collectively by the musicians of Jajouka, and was widely recognised as being Jajouka's greatest musician. Subsequently, though, in the early seventies elections were held and Maalim Fedal was elected Rais and continued to retain that title, certainly until the European tour organised by Rikki Stein in 1980.[37]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "55 ("Hamsa oua Hamsine") – 0:58
  2. "War Song/Standing" + "One Half (Kaim Oua Nos") – 2:22
  3. "Take Me with You Darling, Take Me with You (Dinimaak A Habibi Dinimaak)" – 8:06
  4. "Your Eyes Are Like a Cup of Tea (Al Yunic Sharbouni Ate)" – 10:35
  5. "I Am Calling Out (L'Afta)" – 5:55
  6. "Your Eyes Are Like a Cup of Tea" (reprise with flute) – 18:04
Titles come from Point Music reissue track listings as original vinyl release package had no titles

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Album credits: Brian Jones Presents the Pipes of Pan at Joujouka1971.
  3. ^ Inside cover gatefold (1971). Brian Jones Presents the Pipes of Pan at Joujouka. Rolling Stones Records.
  4. ^ Jones, Brian (1971). Insert sheet essay. Brian Jones Presents The Pipes of Pan at Joujouka. Rolling Stones Records, at 1.
  5. ^ a b Anastasia Tsioulcas (September 1, 2005). "World Music Features: Magical, Mystical Morocco". Global Rhythm. Retrieved January 16, 2007.
  6. ^ Armbrust, Walter. "Mass Mediations: New Approaches to Popular Culture in the Middle East and Beyond, 2000". 
  7. ^ a b c d e f Tsioulcas, Anastasia. "Master Musicians of Jajouka". National Geographic World Music. Retrieved January 16, 2007.
  8. ^ a b c Gysin, Brion (1971). Insert sheet essay. Brian Jones Presents The Pipes Of Pan At Joujouka. Rolling Stones Records, at 2.
  9. ^ a b Palmer, Robert (October 14, 1971). "Jajouka: Up the Mountain". Rolling Stone, at 42.
  10. ^ Palmer, Robert (March 23, 1989). "Into the Mystic". Rolling Stone, at 105.
  11. ^ Davis, Stephen (2001). Old Gods Almost Dead. Broadway Books, ISBN 0-7679-0312-9, at 197.
  12. ^ Wyman, Bill, with Coleman, Ray (1990). Stone Alone. Viking, ISBN 0-670-82894-7, at 494.
  13. ^ a b c Palmer, Robert (December 19, 1971). "Music for a Moroccan Pan". The New York Times, at D35.
  14. ^ Davis, Stephen (2001). Old Gods Almost Dead. Broadway Books, ISBN 0-7679-0312-9, 249–252.
  15. ^ Wyman, Bill, with Coleman, Ray (1990). Stone Alone. Viking, ISBN 0-670-82894-7, at 496–497.
  16. ^ a b c d Palmer, Robert (December 19, 1971). "Music for a Moroccan Pan". The New York Times, at D40.
  17. ^ Davis, Stephen (2001). Old Gods Almost Dead. Broadway Books, ISBN 0-7679-0312-9, at 253.
  18. ^ a b Palmer, Robert (October 14, 1971). "Jajouka: Up the Mountain". Rolling Stone, at 43.
  19. ^ a b Wyman, Bill, with Coleman, Ray Stone Alone. Viking, ISBN 0-670-82894-7, at 515.
  20. ^ Wyman, Bill, with Coleman, Ray Stone Alone. Viking, ISBN 0-670-82894-7, 515, 527–528.
  21. ^ "Jones LP". Sounds (Spotlight Publications). 28 August 1971. p. 2. 
  22. ^ Liner notes (1995). Brian Jones Presents The Pipes of Pan at Jajouka. Point Music, 1, 6–10, 13.
  23. ^ http://www.Jajouka.net
  24. ^ Gysin, Brion (1969). The Process. Doubleday & Company, at 127.
  25. ^ Unterberger, Richie. "Brian Jones Presents the Pipes of Pan at Jajouka: Review" Allmusic.com. Retrieved February 7, 2007.
  26. ^ Album cover (1995). Brian Jones Presents The Pipes of Pan at Jajouka. Point Music.
  27. ^ * "No Stone Unturned: Bachir Attar and Frank Rynne comment on the reissue of Brian Jones Presents The Pipes of Pan at Joujouka" in The Independent (retrieved 28 March 2007)
  28. ^ The Pop Life By Neil Strauss New York Times Published: October 12, 1995
  29. ^ Brion Gysin, The Pipes of Pan, Ed. Ira Cohen. Gnoua, (Tangier , 1964)n.p. reprinted Sleeve notes Brian Jones presents the Pipes of Pan at Joujouka" Rolling Stones Records, 1971 "My own music turned out to be the wild flutes of the hill tribe Ahl Serif, whom I met through the Moroccan painter Hamri"
  30. ^ Liner notes (1995). Brian Jones Presents The Pipes of Pan at Jajouka. Point Music, at 11.
  31. ^ Liner notes (1995). Brian Jones Presents The Pipes of Pan at Jajouka. Point Music, at 14.
  32. ^ Liner notes booklet (1995). Brian Jones Presents The Pipes of Pan at Jajouka. Point Music.
  33. ^ a b c Ranaldo, Lee (August 1996). "Into the Mystic". The Wire. Retrieved January 14, 2007.
  34. ^ Bowles, Paul (1991). Days. The Ecco Press. ISBN 0-88001-269-2.
  35. ^ a b Davis, Stephen (2001). Old Gods Almost Dead. Broadway Books, ISBN 0-7679-0312-9, 504–505.
  36. ^ La Briola, John (August 30, 2001). Mystic Muses: Musical Shamans Keep the Flame Alive During a Rare Visit to Denver". Denver Westword. Retrieved January 16, 2007.
  37. ^ Rikki Stein with Udo Berger, Brion Gysin and Jerry Baskin, "Hamri Snd Up with our Shadows" in Ed Udo Berger, Soft Need No. 17, Brion Gysin Special, (Paris /Basel, 1977) p.66

Further reading[edit]

  • Davis, Stephen (2001). Old Gods Almost Dead. Broadway Books, ISBN 0-7679-0312-9, pp 135–137, 172, 195–201, 227, 248–253, 270, 354, 504–505.
  • Jennings, Nicholas (October 12, 1995). Liveeye PREVIEW: The Master Musicians of Jajouka". Eye Weekly. (Retrieved February 6, 2007.)
  • Palmer, Robert (October 14, 1971). "Jajouka: Up the Mountain". Rolling Stone, p. 43.
  • Palmer, Robert (March 23, 1989). "Into the Mystic". Rolling Stone, p. 106.
  • Palmer, Robert (December 19, 1971). "Music for a Moroccan Pan". The New York Times.
  • Palmer, Robert (June 11, 1992). "Up the Mountain". Rolling Stone, p. 40.
  • Wyman, Bill and Coleman, Ray Stone Alone, ISBN 0-670-82894-7 (London, 1990), p. 515
  • Rondeau, Daniel "Tanger Et Autres Marocs". ISBN 2-84111-081-8 Ed. Nil January 1997

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