Gil Mellé is famous for is late 50’s recordings on Blue Note and later for his superbe Tome VI that includes electronic processing over acoustic instruments. This one have been reissued in Japan some years ago and still can be found. From the start of the seventies Mellé will concentrate on compositions for movie or television. His soundtrack for « The Andromeda Strain » is considered as a landmark music in the field of electronic. Here is « Waterbirds » that is probably his last jazz album. In fact this lp is a compilation of themes composed between 1969 to 1970 for various télé series.
A1 Waterbirds (Pt. 1) 7:37
A2 Waterbirds (Pt. 2) 6:34
A3 Walkin' Down The Gloomy Streets...Alone...Broke...Depressed...Gonna Kill Myself Blues 4:55
AA4 Little Big Horn 9:24
AA5 The Love Song 1:28
AA6 My Sweet Charlie 6:34
AA7 Charlie Chaplin 4:10
Bass [Fender] – Dave Parlato (tracks: A2, A3, AA4 to AA7)
Composed By, Arranged By, Conducted By, Conductor, Soprano Saxophone, Other [Special Electronic Musical Instruments] – Gil Mellé
Drums – Fred C. Stofflet
Guitar – Art Johnson (tracks: A2, A3, A5), Joe Cinderella (tracks: A1)
Piano [Fender] – Pete Robinson (tracks: AA4, AA6, AA7)
This album is superbe and show the strong ability of Mellé as a composer. The listen gives a unified feeling despite the fact that each title have been composed independently from the rest.
I have remastered and edited this album from a mp3 version.
This lp has been edited for the first time under the reference:
Nocturne Nrs 702
and have been reissued by Jazz Chronicles in 1977 under the reference Jcs 702