In memory of Johnny Peret

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

Wednesday, June 29, 2011


AL COPLEY - Live @ 't LEEUWSKE - 28th June 2011

St Pieters Leeuw is a partly rural village west of Brussels.  The village centre has managed to keep its charm and a unique atmosphere: a beautiful old church and some very friendly cafes on the small cobbled street surrounding the church.  That's where one can find Café Moriau, famous for its traditionnal Gueuze and Kriek (and occasional jazz concerts) and Café 't Leeuwske where I went last night to watch and hear  Al Copley.  Living abroad most of the year, I sometimes forget what a delightful place Belgium could be.  For instance,  one can have the double pleasure of watching / listening to a top-class musical act while drinking some outstanding local beers.   My favourite has always been the Oude Gueze and Kriek ( typical summer beers, very refreshing).  Not always easy to find the real thing, only a handful of small breweries still produce the lambic which is at the base of Gueuze and Kriek.  But in St Pieters Leeuw, you get the real thing; After all, it's the Payottenland, a region that had already inspired Brueghel den Oude and many lesser known painters and poets.  

And yesterday, the Payottenland atmosphere obviously inspired boogie woogie master AL COPLEY (a founding member of Roomful of Blues) who gave a great performance in trio format (piano-contrabass-drums) in Cafe 't Leeuwske.  I've seen Al Copley many times over the year - he's been a regular visitor for some twenty year now and was even resident in Belgium for a few years - but yesterday was one of his better shows.  A small typical Belgian Café, an enthusiastic crowd - some real connaisseurs and some locals who came to have good time, and got lots of it!, but above all, a real piano. Too often nowadays we see blues / boogie pianists playing on electric keyboards that may sound "almost" like a the real thing but almost ain't enough.  

So a great evening of unadultered boogie woogie and - always a crowd pleaser - rock and roll (Copley excels in Jerry Lee's type of rockin' boogie).
Thanks to Bernadette for the pics and to Cool Danny, Thierry & all for organising the concert (and to 't Leeuwske for providing the location and the piano).

Great evening, makes me wish I were in Belgium more often!

Great Balls of Fire
Rock and Roll will never die!

Al Copley (centre) and the bar crew

And thanks to  Boon' brewery (in nearby Lembeek ) for producing such nice beers.  You'll never know how I miss them when I'm thousand miles away!

A lucky day

I was lucky yesterday. I went for a bit of crate-digging at one of Brussels most famous second-hand boooks and records shops and found these two fairly rare albums of European Jazz: 
- An album of German Free Jazz - but  fairly accessible: the Theo Jörgensmann Quartet - Go Ahead Clarinet LP on CPM which is pretty rare indeed and, at the price of 6 €, a real bargain.

- an album of Danish Jazz, in a more swing / mainstream oriented style,  Niels Jorgen Steen's Beatkapel plays Jazz.

I don't think any of them has ever  been posted anywhere  in the blogworld.  A bit of patience and you'll find them here.


OM - KIKIKUKI (Switzerland, 1976)

OM was a Swiss fusion / jazz group signed on the German ECM label in the 1970s. Their style is fairly close to that "German" jazzrock :ethnic jazz approach that was developped by bands such as EMBRYO or GURU GURU to name only a couple.

Formed in Lucerne, Switzerland, in 1972 and named after Coltrane’s darkly convulsive album, the members of OM were initially inspired as much by the rock of Jimi Hendrix as by the new developments taking place in improvisation. “Electric jazz – free music” was their rallying cry, and they played it loudly. All in their early 20s when the group was launched, the members of OM achieved an early success at the Montreux Festival in 1974 which helped to put them on the map, and brought them to the attention of ECM. Four albums were recorded for ECM’s sister label Japo, between 1975 and 1980: “Kirikuki”, “Rautionaha”, “Om with Dom um Ramao” and “Cerberus”. In jazz-rock’s heyday, OM was one of the few bands (another was England’s Soft Machine) who were approaching jazz from a rock direction, rather than vice versa: most of fusion’s traffic took the opposite route. 


A1                          Holly                                         8:32
A2                          Lips                                          5:18
A3                          Karpfenteich                              6:02
B1                          Hommage à Mme. Stirnmaa          15:58
B2                          Sykia                                        4:18

Double Bass – Bobby Burri
Drums, Percussion – Fredy Studer
Guitar – Christy Doran
Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Percussion – Urs Leimgruber

Recorded October 1 and 2 at Ludwigsburg, Tonstudio Bauer, 1975

With thanks to JC.
There are two other OM's albums posted @ the Growing Bin.
Om - With Dom Um Romao (1978)
Om - Rautionaha (1977)

Friday, June 24, 2011


More rare and beautiful artefacts from the vault of the boogieman;

George Adams - Don Pullen 4tet Live (Italy)

Art Farmer Quintet Live (Japan)

Babelibab's Trio (Belgium)

Side A Joe Venuti - side B Gil Cuppini Big Band (Italy)

Oskar Klein, Myriam Klein, Henri Chaix (Germany, Switzerland)

Peter Appleyard presents ... (feat Moe Koffman, Ed Bickert etc. - Canada)

Belgian Bop

Can't remember seeing these albums posted on the blogworld yet.  Patience ...

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


RONALD MULDROW – Yesterdays (USA, 1994)

 Since the previous post brought us into the realm of soul jazz  & hard bop, I may continue in that line for a few more postings.  Here for instance is a top-notch guitar-player who departed this world much too soon and had never received the wider recognition his talent deserved: a guitar-player who had played or recorded with the likes of Sonny Stitt, Pharoah Sanders, Mulgrew Miller, Kenny Kirkland, Chico Hamilton, Ramsey Lewis, Michael Brecker, Billy Higgins and countless others.

This guitarist is the late Ronald Muldrow.

Ronald Muldrow was born in Chicago on February 2, 1949. As a teen he was greatly influenced by the likes of guitarists Wes Montgomery, Grant Green, Kenny Burrell, Phil Upchurch and George Benson. Muldrow developed his own voice, resplendent with crisp, fresh licks and acute dexterity. His earliest big breaks came during his stints with Eddie Harris and the Staple Singers. He described Eddie Harris as his "musical father."
Muldrow was not only a highly acclaimed musician, but he was also a dedicated educator, having earned bachelors (jazz studies) and masters (studio and jazz guitar) degrees at Roosevelt University and University of Southern California respectively. He also published guitar instruction books, another legacy he left for aspiring guitarists.

He died on January 31, 2007.  He was only 57.

The discogrqphy on Discogs is very incomplete and hardly list any of the albums he recorded as leader. AMG is somewhat better and list the five albums he recorded as a leader during his lifetime. A sixth one, Mapenzi, was issued posthumously in 2003.

"Yesterdays" is his second album (but first on the Enja label) and it features the legendary Melvin Rhyne, the original organist with the Wes Montgomery trio. Victor Campbell is on drums.

My favourite track is the album starter, a real groover and a tribute to his musical father: Eddie Harris’ Sham time.
  1. Sham Time                                
  2. Yesterdays                               
  3. Swedish Schnapps   
  4. My One and Only Love                          
  5. Besame Mucho         
  6. Love for Sale        
  7. Groovin' High           
  8. Walkin' My Baby Back Home 

OOP.  This album is no longer in Enja catalogue. 

See Ronald Muldrow playing live with Eddie Harris in Germany, 1990:

Sunday, June 19, 2011



This album is often overlooked in David Murray's extensive and prolific discography.  
Nevertheless, it is one of my favourite David Murray's albums and one of my favourite Soul Jazz albums.  Bluesy and gutsy! It features Don Pullen on Hammond B3 and Andrew Cyrille on drums.  These guys may be better known for their advanced / free playing but they do know their roots, they do know where they come from ... and they do know where they're going.Very few people could pull this kind of music and this load of feelings in the early nineties.

Track listing
"Blues For Savannah" (Murray)- 7:26
"Song From The Old Country" (Pullen) - 7:01
"High Priest" (Cyrille) - 11:59
"In The Spirit" (Pullen) 9:49
"Shakill's Warrior" (Murray) - 8:37
"At The Cafe Central" (Pullen) 10:52
"Black February (Morris) - 0:53
"Milano Strut" (Pullen) - 8:17
Recorded March 1 & 2, 1991 at Sound On Sound, NYC

David Murray: tenor saxophone
Don Pullen: organ
Stanley Franks: guitar
Andrew Cyrille: drums

This album is currently OOP, hence my posting it.


Will I ever have the time to rip and post these albums ....

Some little-known Belgian albums ...

 Swiss (& international) ...

France & Antilles Francaises (French West Indies) 


Faroe Islands!