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Cortex

Primary Instrument: Band/orchestra

Active since: 1974    

In 1974, Alain Mion, Alain Gandolfi & Jeff Huttner formed the mythical band, CORTEX who then recorded several LP's, including the legendary “Troupeau Bleu”. Troupeau bleu, recorded in 2 days in july 75, is a real musical U.F.O, an unclassifiable record, a mixing of thousand flavours, the kind of records you will discover listening after listening. May 2006,issue of an unreleased CD and LP by Cortex : “CORTEX INEDIT 79'” featuring Alain Mion & Alain Gandolfi (Underdog Records) November 2008, issue of the 3rd reedition of Troupeau Bleu CD and LP by Cortex December 2008: reformation of the band Cortex (Alain Mion)

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A legendary bit of funky fusion from the French scene of the 70s -- the standout set from Cortex, a combo who's very heavy on the keyboards! The tunes have a feel that's quite different than American electric work of the time -- funky, but also a bit breezy too -- with a strong Brazilian influence in some of the rhythms, and hip use of female vocals alongside the Fender Rhodes -- which makes for a double layer of sound that's totally great! There's a bit of alto sax in the instrumentation, but most of the sound comes from the interplay between keyboards, voice, bass, and drums -- rolling along in a sound that's stunningly soulful, and which makes the record one of the hippest European dates from the decade.

“... Alain Mion, avec Cortex, combo véritablement “culte” chez les “fou furieux” du genre (et ce dans le monde entier !)... Les vocaux éthérés qui “habillent” les mélodies finement ciselées de Mion nous renvoient aux grandes heures du premier Return To Forever de Chick Corea (avec Flora Purim et Airto Moreira).” JAZZ MAGAZINE, février 2007

“... a favorite of the genre for those in the know. And somewhere, out there the owners of the originals [albums] are giggling and secretly muttering “I told you so” as the vinyl spins. I guess 7,000 Cortex fans can't be wrong.”

“...Cortex fait figure de légende. ... la vague grossissante du groove et le revival du son seventies a occasionné sa redécouverte à travers toutes sortes de compilations, jusqu'à une réédition à succès et, accessoirement, un procès contre Bob Sinclar (qui avait indélicatement emprunté une séquence à Cortex...).”

  • Göteborg

    Gigafon
    2012

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