In memory of Johnny Peret

In memory of Johnny Peret
In memory of my friend Johnny Peret, vibist, drummer, accordeonist extraordinaire

Saturday, April 30, 2011

RARITY # 5 : ALEX SCORIER & HIS MADISON COMBO (45 RPM, HEBRA Records, Belgium, 1962)

 For PLACEBO’s fans. This is where it all began.

Alex SCORIER studied at the Brussels Royal Conservatory. He started his musical activity at age 18. In 1952 he formed his first big band with two American musicians - Sax player Jay CAMERON who was the soloist of the Woody HERMAN Orchestra and Slide HAMPTON, and Jimmy GOURLEY (guitar). During 1954 to 1956 he was a member of the Fred BUNGE and Werner MULLER Orchestra in Germany as well as that of Fud CANDRIX. Back in Belgium, Alex SCORIER plays with famous American soloists, passing through the country, such as Buck CLAYTON, Taps MILLER, Bill COLEMAN, Clark TERRY, Steve LACY, Ernie WILKINS, Richard BOONE, Don BYAS. He also took part in a jam session with Duke Ellington, at the Faun (Hambourg), in 1955 and played with Slide Hampton.
From 1964 to 1991 he is a member of the BRT (Flemish radio & TV) big band under Francis BAY and Freddy SUNDER. He is a member of Marc MOULIN's "PLACEBO" from 1973 to 1975, with Richard ROUSSELET, Philip CATHERINE and others.  You can hear him play in the St Tropez Jazz Octet album posted by Bacoso in April (highly recommended).
This EP was recorded in 1962 for the HEBRA Label (the same label as Soeur Sourire / the Singing Nun!).  As a dance record, it’s a good example of “jazz –rock & roll” i.e. rock / RnB themes (in this case Madison) played by seasoned big band jazzers. It swings and it rocks! So put on your two-toned shoes and do the Madison with Alex & his gang.

Personnel :
Alex Scorier (ten), Nicolas Fissette (tp), Roger Desmet (tb), Roland Thyssen (p), Nicolas Kletchkovsky (b), Hervé Capelle (dms). Brussels, 1962

By the way, Scorier, Fissette et Nic Kletch … that’s half of the future PLACEBO!

With thanks to JC who unearthed this rare single from a Brussels' Brocante a couple of weeks ago and took time to rip and scan it.  Lossless files, great sound.
And thanks to Claude for the discographical infos (from Robert Pernet's monumental work). Enjoy the music!


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  2. Un grand merci pour la découverte . Merci JC & Boogieman

  3. For a new link, see Rarity Series RE-Post (Feb 2012)