Martial "Mimi" Lorenzini, one of France's most famous guitarists for his contribution to Canterbury band TRIANGLE, got together with female singer/keyboard player Ann Ballester, bass player Josquin Turenne des Prés and drummer Jean-François Bouchet D'Angely to form ÉDITION SPÉCIALE in 1975. Their style of groovy, accessible jazz-rock is highly comparable to that of RETURN TO FOREVER and BRAND X.
Their first album "Allée des Tilleuls" received mixed reviews, in part due to Ann's vocals that spoiled the effect of the excellent musicianship. Featuring virtuoso drummer and newcomer Alain Gouillard, the subsequent "Aliquante" and "Horizon Digital" were a definite improvement. Gouillard's drumming is so tight he could probably rival Bill Bruford. Both albums are rhythmic concepts based on very complex tempo cuts, where the guitar and violin interplay will remind the listener of MAHAVISHNU. Two excellent albums of world-class French fusion.
Recommended for fans of BRAND X, MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA, WEATHER REPORT, ISOTOPE, GONG and middle-period SOFT MACHINE. http://www.progarchives.com
Track Listing: 01. Rock N’ Roll 02. Reve, Reve 03. Tomorrow Mourning 04. Un Coup Je Te Vois 05. Tu Naitras Demain 06. Marie Qui Te Maries! 07. Monsieur Business 08. Allee Des Tilleuls 09. Marie Qui Te Maries! 10. Tu Naitras Demain 11. Allee Des Tilleuls
The Band: - Martial "Mimi" Lorenzini / guitars - Ann Ballester / keyboards, vocals - Josquin Turenne Des Pres / bass - Jean-Francois Bouchet D'angely / drums