Grachan Moncur III ‎– New Africa

BYG Records ‎– 529.321
Actuel – 21
Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold

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New Africa (17:30)
A1.1 1st Movement: Queen Tamam
Written-By – G. Moncur*
A1.2 2nd Movement: New Africa
Written-By – G. Moncur*
A1.3 3rd Movement: Black Call
Written-By – G. Moncur*
A1.4 4th Movement: Ethiopian Market
Written-By – G. Moncur*
A2 Space Spy
Written-By – G. Moncur*
B1 Exploration
Written-By – G. Moncur*
B2 When
Written-By – G. Moncur*

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Recorded August 11, 1969 in Paris.
All tunes published by BYG Music (SACEM).

Housed in a glossy gatefold jacket.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Etched Runout): BYG-2-A 529321.A.
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Etched Runout): BYG-2-B 529321.B.
  • Rights Society: SACEM
  • Rights Society: BIEM

Other Versions (5 of 9) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
529.321 Grachan Moncur III New Africa(LP, Album, RE, 180) BYG Records 529.321 US Unknown Sell This Version
GET 321 Grachan Moncur III New Africa(LP, Album, RE) Get Back GET 321 Italy 2002 Sell This Version
BYG-22 Grachan Moncur III New Africa(LP, Album, Promo) BYG Records BYG-22 Japan 1971 Sell This Version
529.321 Grachan Moncur III New Africa(LP, Album, Gat) BYG Records 529.321 France 1969 Sell This Version
AFF 38 Grachan Moncur III New Africa(LP, Album, RE) Affinity AFF 38 UK 1979 Sell This Version


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November 9, 2017
Stunning recording. What Grachan Moncur lacks in quantity of albums, he makes up for in quality. Worth it for the "New Africa" Suite alone, but I think "When" is the true high point. One of the finest modal bass walks you'll be lucky enough to take. The interplay of Shepp's sax and Moncur's trombone rustle around you like the sweet chill of an autumn wind. Andrew Cyrille's drums are almost crystalline. A sublime effort overall.

Most of the material from BYG Actuel that I've been exposed to lies just beyond the limits of the "Free Jazz" sandbox I am comfortable playing in, but this one a strolls that edge with class and warmth. The original French vinyl is insanely heavy—one of the thickest I own—and is thus susceptible to warping. That being said, the sound quality is magnificent, so even a copy with a pronounced dish probably won't ruin your experience.


May 11, 2016
sonny's back alone makes this a must have.....cookin' at the highest level ....saw dave burrell play last week.....the living end of a dying art


February 4, 2015
Just wonderful.