Grrr Records

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Grrr Records
Parent companyAllumés du Jazz
Founded1975 (1975)
FounderJean-Jacques Birgé
GenreAvant-garde jazz
Country of originFrance
Official websiteOfficial site

Grrr Records is a French avant-garde jazz record label founded by Jean-Jacques Birgé in 1975.[1] Grrr belongs to Les Allumés du Jazz, 90 French independent jazz and improvised music labels.

The first LP was Défense de by Birgé-Gorgé-Shiroc, which became a cult-album [2] after having been quoted in the Nurse with Wound list.

Grrr has been issuing CDs since 1987 with L'hallali by Un Drame Musical Instantané,[3] led by multi-instrumentalist Jean-Jacques Birgé, trumpeter Bernard Vitet and guitarist Francis Gorgé,.[4] The label also produced the albums of multi-instrumentalist composer Hélène Sage, accordionist Michèle Buirette and female trio Pied de Poule (M. Buirette, bassist, Geneviève Cabannes, and singer Dominique Fonfrède). Barcelonian label Wah Wah has reissued Défende de and Austrian label Klang Galerie issues remastered CDs of all LPs by Un drame musical instantané.

In 1997, Carton by Birgé-Vitet (with Michel Séméniako's photographs) was released as the label's first enhanced-CD and Birgé's first multimedia artwork. The album was followed by Machiavel [5] by Un d.m.i. (CD-audio + CD-ROM), with an interactive video sessions of 111 loops by J-J. Birgé and Antoine Schmitt.[6]

Later albums produced by Grrr include Établissement d'un ciel d'alternance, duet with Birgé and French writer Michel Houellebecq who reads his own text (No. 26), Échappée belle by Hélène Sage (No. 27), two albums by Michèle Buirette and, in 2017, Long Time No Sea by trio El Strøm (No. 29) and in 2018, The 100th Anniversary of Jean-Jacques Birgé (No. 30). In 2020, for the double CD Pique-nique au labo (No. 31-32), Birgé invited 28 improvisers to join him for meetings covering the period 2010–2019. In 2022, Un drame musical instantané comes back with a brand new CD, Plumes et poils.

Since 2011, Grrr has issued freely downloadable material (88 unissued albums + a random radio which feature 1168 pieces and last 171 hours).

See also[edit]

List of record labels


  1. ^ Site Turbulence
  2. ^ (in French) Frédéric Goaty in Jazz Magazine (No. 546, mars 2004)
  3. ^ (in French) Francis Maramande in Le Monde (27 April 1989) [1]
  4. ^ (in French) Site Assez Vu [2] Archived 20 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ (in French) Gérard Pangon in Télérama (#2554, 23 December 1998) [3]
  6. ^ Machiavel, free download on

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