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Cortex - Pourquoi (LP)

Trad Vibe Records

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"Pourquoi" is the 3rd and the rarest album which had been recorded by the French legend of Jazz Funk, Cortex. Find out more

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"Pourquoi" is the 3rd album which had been recorded by the French Jazz-Funk band legend, Cortex. The obscure French jazz group that's been a favorite of funky collectors for years!

Reissued in 2010 by Trad Vibe Records, it’s now back in stock in a final limited repressing of 500 copies.

"Pourquoi" was initially recorded in 1978. It sounds like a new side of Cortex: songs are mainly composed around the voice and the various keyboards of the band leader, Alain Mion, who also played bass lines on synthesizer.

Besides, the band gave up the live recording to use the beloved Stevie Wonder or Quincy Jones' technique of "re-recording". But, in spite of these changes, their groove remains as spontaneous and as powerful. Also, the band collaborated with great backing vocals and musicians, such as the great Italian trumpet player Giulio Didio, who performed the funky horns arrangements.

There is plenty to enjoy on every track: the ending chorus of “Sans Toi” (which has been written by Alain Mion for his wife, Mireille, and is probably the flagship track of the album) comes with a brilliant Rhodes solo to lead the listener to one of the most emotion-loaded moment of the recording. Whereas “Le Visionnaire” sounds with disco echoes, “Pourquoi” browses in melancholy and “Pauvre Star” is groovin’ high with its clavinet bass-drums rhythmics that reminds George Benson.



A1. Sans Toi 5:55       

A2. Image 4:35       

A3. Pauvre Star 5:16       

A4. La Bulle 4:10       

B1. Runnin' From You 4:46       

B2. Le Visionnaire 4:12       

B3. Pourquoi 4:08       

B4. Make Me Love You 4:10       

B5. Matin Gris 4:30       

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