In memory of Johnny Peret

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

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


(NL, France, Poland, Belgium - 1992)

Jazz Hoeilaart was founded in 1979 by Albert Michiels - within the framework of the local annual festival of grapes and wine - with the intention of introducing accomplished young jazz players and groups under the age of 30.
In the early years only Belgian and Dutch groups applied but in the following years Jazz Hoeilaart became one of the most important international Jazz Contests. Between 1979 and 2009 the organizers received 1.815 entries from more than 50 countries, from Australia and America to Japan, India, the former Soviet States and Europe
The first prizes went successively to jazz groups from Belgium (1979,1980,1981,1982,1993 and 1999, 2007), Poland (1983, 1998, 2008), Sweden (1984, 2000 and 2003); Finland together with Bulgaria (1985), Israel (1986 and 2006), the Netherlands (1987 and 1992), Finland (1988), Russia (1989), Denmark together with USA (1990), USA (1991), Germany (1994, 2002, 2009), Hungary (1995 and 2001), Canada (1996) Italy (1997), Norway (2004) and France (2005).
(source: here)
The best groups are documented on LP (from 1979 to 1990) and then CD (1991 to this date).  The winner of the first prize was usually invited to record a LP.  

This long out-of-print CD documents the four best bands that took part in the 1992 competition.
First prize :                              Meeting Point             The Netherlands
Second prize:                          Francois Theberge Group         France
Third prize:                             In Spector                                  Poland
Fourth prize:                           Ivan Paduart Trio                   Belgium

Meeting Point (NL) : Miguel Martinez (as), Rutger Molenkamp (tn), Michiel Borstlap (p), Thomas Winter Andersen (b), Joost Kesselaar (ds).
1.      Miruleheba
2.      Playtime
3.      Panorama Groove
Pianist Michiel Borstlap won the prize for best soloist.

Francois Theberge Group (F): Francois Theberge (ss, ts), Marc Chalosse (p), Christophe Walemme (b), Stephane Foucher (ds)
4.      El Alamo   (feat. F. Theberge on soprano)
5.      Leveland   (feat. F. Theberge on tenor)
Drummer Stephane Foucher won the prize for best drummer

In Spector (Pol): Robert Majewski (tp), Maciej Ulatowski (p, key.), Thomas Gassowski (bgtr), Adam Buczek (ds)
6.      Greetings for Rogacz
7.      Song for Jaco
8.      Crossroads
In Spector won the prize of the Belgian Artistic Promotion for their rendering of Frederic Willaume’s Crossroads.

Ivan Paduart Trio (B): Ivan Paduart (p), Philippe Aerts (b), Dre Pallemaerts (ds)
9.      Augustina
10.  Vague à l’ame
11.  Don’t Give up (I.Paduart – P. Aerts duo)  

Give this album a listen, you'll be pleasantly surprised by these young promising talents (who, twenty years later, have become -at least for some of them - well established musicians on the European Jazz scene).

In  case you wondered where the title "The Abduction of Europa" came from, it was the title of an artwork given as prize to the best soloist.


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  2. RE UP

    Be adventurous, give this CD a listen and let me know what you think of the music.

  3. Hi Boogieman, Thanks for a few of Miguel Martinez, hard alto play, I didn't have. Saw him in the nineties in jazz cafe Pompoen, Amsterdam (long gone after a short periode of existence). It had no entrance fee but still tourists were reluctant to enter.
    Most don't recognise good live music if it stared them right in the face.....pity.