In memory of Johnny Peret

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

Friday, May 25, 2012

THE BEST! BELGIAN BIG BAND


THE BIG BELGIAN BAND
Conductor / arranger: SADI / Starring on guitar JEAN BLATON
(Alpha 7008, Belgium, 1972)

This excellent album was released in 1972 on the ALPHA label, the same label that had released BABS ROBERT & THE LOVE PLANET.  It was not a jazz label, most of the production was in the field of classical music with an emphasis on early music / Renaissance music played on period instruments, long before it became fashionable, and on regional folk music (Jofroi et les Coulonneux, les Musiciens de Neufchateau ...). 
They also released dixieland albums (Cotton City Jazz Band). 

If you have any interest in European Jazz, you are already familar with Belgian vibraphonist SADI (aka Fats Sadi), one of the major exponents of this instrument in Europe during the second half of the XXth Century.

What is probably less known is that SADI was also a world-class composer / arranger and conductor.
Jean Blaton, entrepreneur, racing-driver and jazz musician

This album amply demonstrate his skills in these fields.


The guest star is guitarist JEAN BLATON  also known as JEAN BEURLYS  and probably even better known as a racing pilot and classic cars collector (unfortunatelly his superb car collection was sold in 2005). 



Un soir, j’écoute un obscur trio de jazz au Pol’s. pas mal. Le leader, un guitariste, dit s’appeler Beurlys. Je les fais jouer à l’Os au tarif en vigueur : 250 francs belges par musicien, qu’ils empochent sans sourciller. Quelques mois plus tard, on apprend que Wes Montgomery, le plus grand guitariste de jazz du monde, en tournée en Europe, est libre un dimanche aprèsmidi. Le cachet est exorbitant pour nous, mais en nous associant à l’INR et mon ami Benoît Quersin, on tente le coup, dans la salle du théâtre 140. Succès total. A la sortie, on revoit Beurlys, qui nous invite chez lui pour un fastueux souper dans une propriété hollywoodienne près de Wavre. Stupéfaits, nous y retrouvons Wes Montgomery, engagé pour un concert privé ! Renseignements pris, Beurlys n’était autre que Jean Blaton, l’opulent constructeur de nos autoroutes… (L'Os a Moelle, Bruxelles)


Le Mans 1963 - Ferrari 250P #24 - Pilotes : Jean Blaton "Beurlys"/ Gerhard Langlois van Ophen - 2ème
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Jean Blaton had an extensive collection of cars (probably 30 or more) in his private museum inside his house. Many -- but not all -- had a Belgian racing connection; for instance, there were several cars raced by Theirry Boutsen, including at least one Williams F1. There were a number of ex-LeMans cars, and several open wheelers, including one or more Indy/CART cars. Blaton's tastes were quite universal, with large back-lit photos around the balcony overlooking the collection; these included the Indy 500 and start of the NASCAR Daytona 500 among other scenes (Source

SADI (Photo: J Van Der Plas)

Blaton's composition DOREEN (aka Dorine) was recorded by Jimmy GOURLEY on his GRAFFITI album (1977).







I never had the time to rip and clean my copy of this classic LP. Luckily Paul D. had both the time and the album.  He did a superb restauration work, as we have come to expect.  Many thanks to him.





14 comments:

  1. Big files, lossless:
    PART 1 :
    http://www.mirrorcreator.com/files/0HWV1WWH/bbbPART1.rar_links
    or
    http://mir.cr/0HWV1WWH

    Part 2 comin' soon

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  2. PART 2
    http://www.mirrorcreator.com/files/0A7ZPNCL/bbbPART2.rar_links
    or
    http://mir.cr/0A7ZPNCL

    Let me know what you think about Mirror Creator. For the time being I gave Mediafire a rest, I fear that it will follow the same path as Megaupload or restrict its use to prevent it.

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    1. Thank you for this rarity. Looking forward to hear more from Sadi - I got to know him through your blog!
      Before I was only dimly aware of him.

      Will try to listen to the music on my way to the south - depends also what my family will think about it... ;)

      Mirror Creator is perfect for me - I can choose which filehoster I'll dl.

      Cheers!

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    2. Encore une fois un grand merci pour cette perle !
      Sadi m'a toujours enchanté, mais j'ai peu de disques de lui.
      Mirror creator est parfait, il offre un grand choix d'alternative. ;-)

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  3. This is rapidly becoming my favourite jazz blog with all this German and Belgian jazz stuff! Love Sadi's work with Clarke/Boland, curious to hear him as an arranger. Many thanks!

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  4. Thanks! Very interesting and rare!

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  5. ahhh non... Boogieman...
    je n'arrive pas à faire fonstionner ce mirror creator...
    il n'y a pas un autre moyen de partage plus direct / mediafire par ex...?
    merci si..!
    amitiés..et bravo pour ces perles rares...

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    1. Effectivement, les fichiers sont supprimés automatiquement si il n'y a pas assez de demande. Je vais les recharger via zippyshare mais ca prend un peu de temps. J'evite mediafire qui m'a supprimé plusieurs fichiers pour les raisons habituelles de "copyright" (une idiotie totale dans le cas de disques introuvables jamais réédités!). En tout cas merci pour ton interet pour ce blog
      Cheers

      p.s.: il ne faut pas nécessarement attendre que ca ne marche pas pour laisser un commentaire :-)

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  6. Voila deja la pochette, en attendant le reste:
    http://www12.zippyshare.com/v/37760786/file.html

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  7. Je l'ai re-ecouté pdt qu'il se chargeait et c'est vraiment un bon disque!
    Face A:
    http://www34.zippyshare.com/v/59391668/file.html
    Le reste dans une vingtaine de minutes.

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  8. Face B : http://www8.zippyshare.com/v/38280849/file.html

    If you haven't heard this album yet, do not miss it this time. I won't re-post.

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  9. alors là .. j'arrive pas à le croire..!
    la section de trompettes...
    l'exposé et le chorus de Our Delight à la guitare...
    ( connaissais pas du tout Mr Blaton !)
    et j'en passe !

    ça me laisse ... pantois..!
    infiniment merci , comment pourrait-on rendre la pareille ?

    amitiés

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  10. Apparently some of the links on Mirrorcreator still work.

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