In memory of Johnny Peret

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

Saturday, February 25, 2012

RE-POST: BABS ROBERT & The LOVE PLANET

BABS ROBERT & THE LOVE PLANET
(BELGIUM, 1970)


Often quoted or referred to by cratediggers and collectors but seldom seen and rarely heard. Here it is again, the Holy Grail of Belgium Jazz!

Please refer to the original post for info,
(this time the tracks are separated).

Sunday, February 19, 2012

FACING WES


RONALD MULDROW – FACING WES
(USA, 1996)

 I have re-posted Ronald Muldrow’s Yesterdays at the request of a friend (new link in the comments of the original post).  By the same occasion I’m posting another Muldrow’s album: Facing Wes.  He is a much under-rated guitarist who left us too early (he was not even 58 when he died) and whose albums are almost all OOP. 





Here is what Scott Yanow at AMG has to say about this album:

Ronald Muldrow, an L.A.-based guitarist whose main influences is Wes Montgomery and Kenny Burrell, is a strong improviser in the tradition of 1960s straight-ahead jazz. For this outing, Muldrow is joined by some top New York musicians: pianist James Williams, vibraphonist Steve Nelson, bassist Peter Washington, drummer Yoron Israel and percussionist Kendrick Gueno. The guitarist performs six of his originals (including tributes to Wes Montgomery, Grant Green, Oliver Nelson and Charles Mingus), two numbers from his former employer Eddie Harris (including a waltz version of "All Blues" called "Three Quarter Miles"), the swinger "Our Day Will Come," and "Little White Lies." The interplay between Muldrow, Nelson and Williams is quite impressive (Nelson virtually co-stars with Muldrow as a soloist and as a key sound in the ensembles); the music always moves, and the generally relaxed set is full of subtle surprises. A fine effort. (source: AMG).

Credits:

Ronald Muldrow                    leader / guitar
Steve Nelson                           vibraphone
James Williams                      piano
Peter Washington                  bass
Yoron Israel                          drums


Kendrick Gueno                    percussions

Tracks

1          On the Fritz                           Muldrow                              6:36
2          Facing Wes                            Muldrow                              4:50
3          Andrea                                   Muldrow                              7:20
4          Granite Green                       Muldrow                              8:03
5          Oliver's Moments                 Muldrow                            10:12
6          Our Day Will Come              Garson, Hilliard                   7:17
7          Minus Mingus                       Muldrow                              8:45
8          Cryin' Blues                           Harris                                  5:25
9          Three Quarter Miles             Harris                                  8:58
10        Little White Lies                    Donaldson                           5:45

STROLLIN’ THRU’ THE SOUKS


I often go for a stroll thru’ the souks over the week end. I like the atmosphere and always come back with fresh fruits, vegetables, spices, DVD of obscure foreign movies, old books … and sometimes old records.

Today was such a day. 

The harvest was not bad: Joe Sample “Fancy Dance”, an old favorite. I already have it on CD but it’s always nice to have the vinyl. 






 Stanley Turrentine “Use the Stairs” on Fantasy.  













 John Mayall’s Blues from Laurel Canyon, another old favorite (which brings me back to my teenager’s years as a British Blues nut.  















But the real find was a box-set containing 2 LP and one 45 rpm “Monsieur Erik Satie”.  



One LP is devoted to his piano works (Gymnopedies, Gnossiennes, Morceaux en Forme de Poire,  etc). The other LP contains orchestral pieces (Parade, Socrate, En Habit de Cheval) and the 45 rpm contains aphorisms and various texts written by Satie, read by Pierre Bertin.  A beautiful collectable artifact.

  

Thursday, February 16, 2012

RARITY SERIES RE-POST

Since all the Multiupload links are dead, I'll start re-posting here the rarest posts (Rarity Series). It will probably take a few days.


REPOSTED


Rarity #1 : Brussels Art Quartet  (here)   (Belgium)
Rarity #2 : Free Form Sextet  (here)  (Belgium)
Rarity #3 : Zoot Meets Hans (here) (Austria/ US) 
Rarity #4:  Shake Keane - In my condition (here) (UK, West Indies)
Rarity # 5: Alex Scorier (here) (Belgium)
Rarity # 6: Carl-Henrik Norin (here) (Sweden)
Rarity # 7: Helmut Brandt Combo (here) (Germany)
Rarity # 8: Vic Ash plus Four (here) (UK)
Rarity # 9: Das Michael Naura Quintett (here) (Germany)
Rarity # 10:  Jacques Denjean et son Grand Orchestre de Jazz (here) (France)
Rarity # 11: Fats Sadi Combo (here) (Belgium)
Rarity # 12: Jazz in Little Belgium (here) (Belgium)


Refer to the entries in the blog for information on the musicians and details of sessions. 
I'll re-post the LP and CD rips on demand.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

MULTIUPLOAD is dead & gone!

It seems that MULTIUPLOAD is gone for good and that means that most of my links are dead!  I  am willing to repost some if there is a demand. I shall probably use MEDIAFIRE or UPLOAD MIRRORS. Any sugggestion is welcome.

Monday, February 13, 2012

RARITY # 12 : JAZZ IN LITTLE BELGIUM


JAZZ IN LITTLE BELGIUM
(10” DECCA, Belgium, 1958)

A legendary 10” from Paul D.’s treasure trove, the almost mythic “JAZZ in LITTLE BELGIUM” which was released in 1958, the year of the famous Brussels World Fair , Expo ’58 (which gave us the Atomium).

The sleeve notes put it clearly in context:
In the historic year of Brussels’ World Fair, at the same time when commerce, industry, education and arts are illustrated in numerous pavilions, it was obvious that Belgium modern jazz had to be presented to the millions of visitors invading Belgium.
Jazz, although of North American origin, has become an international language, in which musicians from all over the world have succeeded to express their emotions.
This is of course also true of Belgium, a small country in Western Europe that, at all time has been a pioneer in the field of Jazz Music.  Traditional jazz-composers David Bee and Peter Packay, and Robert Goffin, the writer of the first famous book on Jazz “ Aux Frontières du Jazz” have opened the road to many jazz-explorers, among which more recently the harmonica-wizard Jean “Toots” Thielemans (with George Shearing) and the temor-sax and flue soloist Bobby Jaspar (with JJ Johnson) have acquired highest ratings in the USA.  
Achile Palmans and Jean Kluger, the producers of the present album gave an opportunity to 5 different groups to illustrate present trends and styles, followed by the most important players in the country.
May the buyers of this album enjoy as much listening to Belgian Music and Belgian players , as “the boys” and the producers endeavoured to make this album thoroughly enjoyable.


This album gives us a unique sound picture of what Belgian Modern Jazz sounded like some 53 years ago .  Some of the names may be familiar already to European Jazz aficionados: sax-players Jacques Pelzer (Open Sky Unit, Rene Thomas …), Jack Sels (on whose life the film Just Friends was based), sax/flute player Alex Scorier (a member of a.o. Marc Moulin’s Placebo in the Seventies), bass players Benoit Quersin (Bobby Jaspar, Rene Thomas …) and Jean Warland (Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band, Peter Herbolzheimer and countless MPS sessions…), Johnny Peret, Paul Fanis, Paul Dubois (Babs Robert & the Love Planet).  Willy Albimoor is perhaps better-known as composer of “Jungle Fever” (a No1 Hit for the Chakachas that went Gold in the States in 1972) and  a long-time accompanist of Belgian singer-songwriter Paul Louka (a close friend of Jacques Brel and Georges Brassens)  Many will be surprised to see the name of Joel Van Droogenbroeck as piano-player of the Pelzer combo.  Yes, it is him, the Krautrock legend, the brain behind BRAINTICKET and other psychedelia!  Read more about him on his website.


THE MUSIC
1.         Earthfever       Willy Albimoor         
2.         Rain on the Grand' Place       Jack Sels
3.         Loly                René Goldstein
4.         French love     Willy Albimoor           
5.         Don't smile     Jacques Pelzer
6.         A mouse in the crowd            Herman Sandy
7.         Witch of Salem          René Goldstein
8.         Spanish lady   Jack Sels
9.         To the exit      Herman Sandy


THE PLAYERS


Etienne Verschueren (as) WILLY ALBIMOOR (p)
Jean Warland (b) Freddy Rottier (d)

EARTHFEVER

FRENCH LOVE


JACK SELS (ts) Jean Fanis (p)
Jean Warland (b) Rudy Frankel (d)
RAIN ON THE GRAND ' PLACE
SPANISH LADY

François Honings, Alex Scorier (fl) Johnny Renard (vib)
RENÉ GOLDSTEIN (b) Joe Demuynck (d)
LOLY
WITCH OF SALEM

Milou Struvay (tp) JACQUES PELZER (as) Jean-Pierre Gebler (bar)
Joel Vandroogenbroek (p) Benoit Quersin (b) Vivi Mardens (d)

DON'T SMILE


5.  HERMAN SANDY (tp) Constant Letellier (ts) Roger Asselberghs (bar)
Willy Albimoor (p) Paul Dubois (b) Johnny Perret (d)
A MOUSE IN THE CROWD
TO THE EXIT

All tunes recorded Brussels, Belgium, April 1958

N.b. : track 8 was a bit of a mystery as the sleeves notes give the same rhythm section  as track 2 but the Jazz in Belgium website credits lists Jack Sels with Pelzer's rhythm section i.e Joël Vandroogenbroeck - Piano / Benoît Quersin  -  Double bass / 
Vivi Mardens  -  Drums
However, the problem is solved :
(...) aussi bien Bruyninckx que le booklet du double CD "Jazz in little Belgium - La collection Robert Pernet" donnent le même personnel pour "Rain on the Grand Place" que pour "Spanish Lady" enregistré le même jour et ces deux faces sont les seules qu'il ait jamais enregistré pour Decca.  C'est également le cas pour Pelzer qui n'a enregistré que cette seule face pour Decca (Don't smile) tout au long de sa carrière. (...) On peut faire confiance à Walter Bruyninckx, il a toujours raison

How about re-issue?  None although some of the tracks have been reissued on the compilation CD"Jazz in Little Belgium - La collection Robert Pernet".  Unfortunaltely, it seems that this double CD produced by the Fondation Roi Baudouin is also OOP.  It may still be available through some specialised bookshops / retailers.  Try here or here



Some useful references on Belgian Jazz history, on internet:

Jazz in Belgium: a Must.  Everything you wanted to know about Belgian Jazz and were afraid to ask. And more!  You will find detailed bio of all the musicians mentioned in this post.

Focus on European Jazz # 3: Big Jazz from Little Belgium  I wish I could get hold of some of these records  (esp. the Hein Huysmans Kwintet ... I'd love to hear, own , post it).

The West Music Club (a Belgian Big Band lead by Richard Rousselet – of Placebo and Solis Lacus fame among many other musical ventures) has published an history of Belgian jazz in his bulletins (downloadable in pdf format, in French)

Friday, February 10, 2012

CARNATIC ONE MORE TIME!


U. SRINIVAS – MANDOLIN ALL THE WAY (INDIA, 1991)


 Time for some Carnatic Grooves! Probably not the most popular style of music considering that my previous carnatic post (the remarkable Silk World Music Group) generated only three comments!
I don’t expect any more this time. Too bad because this music is absolutely riveting.
"I thought that it's common to hear people playing classical music on the violin or veena, so why don't I try something new?" Of course, I never dreamed I would become so well known or that the mandolin would become so popular."
Mandolin U. Srinivas is among South India’s better known musicians. In the West, his name  may be recognized by some open-minded jazz fans thanks to his collaboration with John Mc Laughlin & Zakir Hussein.  However, there is no hint of jazz or fusion in this recording. This is pure Carnatic Classical Music.  Absolutely Magic!  This music gives me a natural high! 
Upalappu Srinivas is to Indian classical music what Sir Yehudi Menuhin is to its Western equivalent. And, like the latter, U. Srinivas was a child prodigy who has taken the mandolin, an instrument unknown in India, to unique classical heights. Having begun playing when he was only six years old, Srinivas'  musical aptitude was spotted by Subbaraju, a classically-trained musician and disciple of the famous musical stalwart Chembai Vaidyanata Bhagavatar. Subbaraju, not having any knowledge on how to play the mandolin, would sing Carnatic music and Srinivas would play along, thus developing his own style. Despite the critical acclaim that Srinivas has won over the world, he says modestly that he still has a long way to go. 'Where is the end to music? The more you learn, the more you want to know,' he says.
"When I started," he remembers, "I saw that only a handful of people were there, perhaps 30 at the most. They had very little idea of what was to come and this was the first time that the mandolin had ever been heard attempting the repertoire I gave. The concert lasted for four hours and, slowly, people kept coming. When the concert was over, there were 3,000 people there. For me, this was amazing."




There are a few video of U. Srinivas on YouTube. They’re worth watching.  

Monday, February 6, 2012

THE USUAL SUSPECTS

L'ALPHABET


Vendredi / Vrijdag / Friday
24 février / February - 20h30

Mr JAY   -  LOOS  -  Dr ROBUR

Dr ROBUR & Mr JAY 
(BLUES mais pas que ...)

1387 chée de Wavre 1160 Bruxelles – tél: 02.660.43.00. 

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