1944年カリブ海の島マルティニーク出身のMax Cilla。先祖が演奏したとされる竹笛をインドの伝統的な製造方法に沿って自作、オリジナルは1981年にフランスのApiaからLP出版された氏のとてつもない音楽性を詰め込んだアフロ/カリビアン・ジャズの傑作[La Flute Des Mornes Volume 1]のLPリイシュー版！！キューバ音楽とラテンのリズムに魅了され、そこへ島の伝統的パーカッションの響きを取り入りれた軽やか且つ濃密な熱量はもはや別次元。凄まじい一枚です。未体験の方は是非。マスト。
Born in 1944 on Martinique island, Max Cilla worked his whole life to resurrect the bamboo flute played by his forebears in the fields from the relative oblivion into which it had fallen in the early 20th century. At first, Max Cilla built them. He went up into his native coastal hills to manufacture them according to traditional rules used in India. Using a simple piece of rough wood, he fabricated a noble instrument of great « historical » significance that showed the way for a younger generation in search of its identity. « I came up with the name of the coastal hills flute »: the great mystic asserts. Fascinated by Cuban music and Latin rhythms, he composed & played his own songs accompanied by the island’s traditional percussions. He recorded and released La Flute des Mornes Vol.1 in 1981. Max Cilla played with Archie Shepp in Paris, recorded on Bonga’s album Angola 74, shared the stage with Tito Puente & Machito and keep on playing today.
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