Lotsa people have been trying to get hold of a copy of this very unique Belgian LP. To the best of my knowledge, only one track had ever been posted in the blogsphere ("Extra Pol-Action"). Well, here is the whole album, eventually.
I've owned a copy since it was released in 1970. A friend of mine was talking drums lessons with Johnny Peret and introduced me to the album. It was released on a small label based in Jette (one of 19 communes making up the Brussels Region) which specialised in Renaissance / Early Baroque Music. Their only foray into jazz was The Cotton City Jazzband, a popular Dixieland outfit.
Babs Robert Quartet was something completely different and remained the only Alpha release in the field of avant-garde jazz.
The original quartet was made of Babs Robert (sax), Johnny Brouwers (piano), Paul Dubois (bass) and Johnny Peret or Robert Pernet (drums). For this session the original quartet was expanded into a septet as Johnny Peret took the vibes (and percussions) chair while John Van Rjimenant (saxes) and Michel Gobbe (bass) were added. In addition to their main instrument(s), they all played a whole range of exotic, mostly percussions, instruments.
The sleeve notes were by Jo Dekmine, director of the famous Theatre 140 in Brussels, and by Marc Moulin.
Trivia: did you know that it was Robert Pernet who designed the "Ball of Eyes" on the cover of Placebo's first album (titled "Ball of Eyes") ?
|Top: Robert and Johnny - Middle: band - Bottom: Robert|
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With thanks to JC!