Hector Zazou

Hector Zazou

Real Name:
Pierre Job
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Prolific French composer, musician and producer who worked, produced and collaborated with an international array of recording artists from 1976. Adventurous, eclectic and prolific, he pioneered the concept of the artist-as-producer and made an international name for himself with his sensitive and accessible world music fusions.
He belonged to the "lettriste" movement.

Born: 11th July 1948, Sidi Bel Abbès, Algeria
Died: 8th September 2008
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Hector Zazou Discography

Albums

SCOPA 10 005 Jeanne Folly*, J.L Hennig*, VXZ 375, Hektor Zazou*, Bazooka (11) Jeanne Folly*, J.L Hennig*, VXZ 375, Hektor Zazou*, Bazooka (11) - La Perversita(LP, Album) Invisible Records (11), S.C.O.P.A. SCOPA 10 005 France 1979 Sell This Version
MTM 5 LP Hector Zazou Géographies (Album) Crammed Discs MTM 5 LP Belgium 1984 Sell This Version
MTM 2 LP, MTM 2, VOL. 2 Hector Zazou Reivax Au Bongo (Album) Crammed Discs, Crammed Discs, Made To Measure MTM 2 LP, MTM 2, VOL. 2 Belgium 1985 Sell This Version
MTM 20 LP Hector Zazou Géologies (Album) Crammed Discs, Made To Measure MTM 20 LP Belgium 1989 Sell This Version
510 694-2 Les Nouvelles Polyphonies Corses With Hector Zazou Les Nouvelles Polyphonies Corses With Hector Zazou - Les Nouvelles Polyphonies Corses Avec Hector Zazou (Album) Phonogram 510 694-2 France 1991 Sell This Version
MTM 32 Hector Zazou Sahara Blue (Album) Made To Measure MTM 32 Belgium 1992 Sell This Version
CK 67068 Hector Zazou Songs From The Cold Seas (Album) Columbia, Columbia CK 67068 Canada 1994 Sell This Version
MTM 37 Harold Budd & Hector Zazou Harold Budd & Hector Zazou - Glyph (Album) Made To Measure MTM 37 Belgium 1995 Sell This Version
CRAM 091 Barbara Gogan with Hector Zazou Barbara Gogan with Hector Zazou - Made On Earth(CD, Album, Dig) Crammed Discs CRAM 091 Belgium 1997 Sell This Version
3984-21662-2 Hector Zazou Lights In The Dark (Album) Warner Music France 3984-21662-2 France 1998 Sell This Version
Cram 097 Sandy Dillon & Hector Zazou Sandy Dillon & Hector Zazou - 12 (Las Vegas Is Cursed) (Album) Crammed Discs Cram 097 Belgium 2000 Sell This Version
PIC 6 Hector Zazou Strong Currents (Album) Materiali Sonori PIC 6 France 2003 Sell This Version
SAN 035 Hector Zazou L'Absence (Album) Santeria Records SAN 035 Italy 2003 Sell This Version
MASO CD 90139, 12957 0139 2 Hector Zazou - Bernard Caillaud Hector Zazou - Bernard Caillaud - Quadri+Chromies(CD, Album + DVD-V, Multichannel, PAL, All + Dlx) Materiali Sonori, Taktic Music MASO CD 90139, 12957 0139 2 Italy 2005 Sell This Version
Craw 47 Hector Zazou & Swara Hector Zazou & Swara - In The House Of Mirrors (Album) Crammed Discs Craw 47 Belgium 2008 Sell This Version
SIG 11049 Hector Zazou / Katie Jane Garside Hector Zazou / Katie Jane Garside - Corps Électriques(CD, Album) Signature (9) SIG 11049 France 2008 Sell This Version
NS 91654 Hector Zazou, Barbara Eramo, Stefano Saletti Hector Zazou, Barbara Eramo, Stefano Saletti - Oriental Night Fever(CD, Album) Naïve NS 91654 France 2010 Sell This Version
ELEN01 Eva Quartet & Hector Zazou Eva Quartet & Hector Zazou - The Arch(CD) Elen Music ELEN01 Bulgaria 2012 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

CRAM 023 Papa Wemba / Hector Zazou Papa Wemba / Hector Zazou - Malimba(12", Single) Crammed Discs CRAM 023 Belgium 1983 Sell This Version
4143 Les Nouvelles Polyphonies Corses Avec Hector Zazou Les Nouvelles Polyphonies Corses Avec Hector Zazou - Giramondu (Maxi, Single) Philips 4143 France 1991 Sell This Version
1371 Les Nouvelles Polyphonies Corses Avec Hector Zazou Les Nouvelles Polyphonies Corses Avec Hector Zazou - Memoria (Maxi, Single) Philips 1371 France 1991 Sell This Version
74321 11314 1 Hector Zazou With Gérard Depardieu & Anneli Drecker Hector Zazou With Gérard Depardieu & Anneli Drecker - I'll Strangle You (Maxi, Single) Crammed Discs 74321 11314 1 Germany 1992 Sell This Version
5CRAM 80S, 08-12269-17 Hector Zazou I'll Strangle You / Sahara Blue (Brussels) (Single) Columbia 5CRAM 80S, 08-12269-17 Belgium 1992 Sell This Version
1544 Les Nouvelles Polyphonies Corses Avec Hector Zazou Les Nouvelles Polyphonies Corses Avec Hector Zazou - Acqua Chi Balla / Anima(CD, Single, Promo) Philips 1544 France 1992 Sell This Version
COL 661201 2, 14-661201-14 Hector Zazou Avec Suzanne Vega Et John Cale Hector Zazou Avec Suzanne Vega Et John Cale - The Long Voyage (Maxi, Single) Columbia, Columbia COL 661201 2, 14-661201-14 France 1995 Sell This Version

Reviews

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October 13, 2012
Born of a French father and Spanish mother in pre-independence Algeria, Hector Zazou first recorded in the mid-'70s under the name ZNR, as one half of a duo with Joseph Racaille. This early work is light but engaging French chamber jazz, lyrical and quirky, with Zazou playing keyboards and violin. The music has long since lost any radical edge, and the sparse instrumentation gives most of the pieces more the sound of musical sketches than fully realized compositions, but in ZNR, Zazou begins to demonstrate his interest in unusual instrumental timbres and colors, as well as his eclectic musical imagination. Throughout the rest of the 1970s and into the early '80s, Zazou's musical efforts (whatever they might have been), are not represented by any readily available recordings, but some experiments in musical erotica were apparently conducted under the name La Perversita.

In the early '80s, Zazou's music took another direction, when he began a series of very successful collaborations with Zairean singer Bony Bikaye. This was not just standard world pop, but a distinctive combination of ritualistic, tribal vocals and futuristic, percussive synth accompaniment. Zazou and Bikaye attracted the attention of European and New York City trendsetters, and their music became a fixture on the club scene for a time. But Zazou's real talent was first displayed on his next release, the bizarre Reivax Au Bongo, a so-called musical "photo-novel," with an accompanying booklet, set in the mythical kingdom of Bongo. As composer and arranger, Zazou utilizes the vocal talents of both Bikaye and another prominent African artist, Kanda Bongo Man, as well as an operatic mezzo-soprano, but in contexts far removed from Africa, traditional opera, or anything else. This is Zazou's principal gift, which he develops further on the marvelous Geographies and Geologies, two strange and wonderful orchestra suites. In his musical world, anything is fair game -- operatic arias, children's songs, Afro-pop, jazzy horn charts, and delicate chamber music. And rather than sounding like a careless pastiche (which is what you'd expect), it sounds, well -- like Hector Zazou. Sophisticated, charming, witty, and just a teeny bit decadent -- to paraphrase one contemporary reviewer, this is avant-garde, cutting-edge music that your grandmother would love (providing she was a hip grandmother).

Having proven himself as a composer and arranger (at least to his satisfaction -- his label was not widely distributed in North America), Zazou decided to try his hand at production as well, first in 1992 with Sahara Blue, the steamy and evocative tribute to French symbolist poet Arthur Rimbaud (with Zazou also writing and arranging the music, and contributing keyboards and "electronics"), and then, two years later, radically altering his geography with the austere but equally successful Songs From the Cold Seas, a tribute to the Arctic regions. (Again, Zazou produces, arranges, composes and contributes keyboards and electronics.) Both of these collections, and the second in particular, demonstrate the international respect which Zazou commands among the musical vanguard, as the list of contributors ranges from John Cale and David Sylvian to Suzanne Vega, Björk and Jane Siberry. The critical and relative commercial success of these two "concept" CDs (the last one on a major label) will no doubt insure future projects of the same sort from Zazou, but in 1996 and 1997, he returned to less ambitious collaborations with individual artists, including minimalist/ambient keyboardist Harold Budd and Celtic singer/composer Barbara Gogan. Lights in the Dark followed in 1998. ~ Bill Tilland, Rovi

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