Album: Various artists, Freedom Jazz France (Heavenly Sweetness)

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The Independent Culture

The crate-digging compilers of this neat collection of rarities aim, they say, at "the pursuit of knowledge and enlightenment" through showcasing the spirituality and diversity of a multicultural French tradition.

Quality is varied, but there are some killer tracks, including Eddy Louiss's "Colchiques", François Tusques' hypnotic "Le Musichien" (more Don Cherry than Cherry himself), and the Avignon theatre group Chêne Noir's "La Musique d'Orphée".