In memory of Johnny Peret

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

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

RARITY # 25: JAZZ SALON DORTMUND 1957 vol3

ALBERT MANGELSDORFF - ATTILA ZOLLER
"JAZZ SALON DORTMUND 1957 VOL.3"  
45 RPM - METRONOME 1136


 August already, time is flying!  onxidlib sent me a rip of this rare EP a good while ago.   Paul D. did some cleaning.  It's probably as clean as it will ever get.
So here is the third instalment of Jazz Salon Dortmund -1957. 






Albert Mangelsdorff, trombone
Attila Zoller, guitar

A1. Early Piece (Zoller)
A2. To Give (Mangelsdorff - Zoller)
B1. I Walk (Mangelsdorff)
B2. Ballade (Mangelsdorff)

Recorded at the German Jazz-Salon, Fritz-Henssler-Haus, Dortmund, Germany on March 15, 1957 (Saturday afternoon).

METRONOME MEP 1136


Note: On the cover Emil Mangelsdorff is credited, but the music and the liner-notes confirm that Albert is playing.
See also Attila Zoller's Discography > http://www.jazzdiscography.com/Artists/Zoller/az-disc.htm

(With thanks to the usual suspects: onxidlib & Paul D.)


Friday, July 27, 2012

MILES INSPIRATIONS


QUARTET JANOT MORALES – MILES INSPIRATIONS 
Selection Records LP S 5135, BELGIUM, 1974

 A Miles Davis inspired LP by Belgian trompetist JANOT MORALES.  However, do not expect seventies Miles type of Funk Jazz, the music Janot Morales is inspired by is the “classic” Miles in the Ascenseur pour l’Echafaud style.
This album may be considered a rarity outside of Belgium but it still turns up occasionally in second-hand records stores in Belgium and on the web.  I actually bought an original copy last spring for less than 10 €, in a well-known second-hand records & bookshop, Rue du Midi, not far from the Grand Place.

I am quoting extensively from Janot Morales biography on Les Lundi d’Hortense.  It’s a bit of a names dropping exercise but you will realize that Janot Morales was no second-fiddle.  How many musicians do you know who played and recorded with a.o. Django Reinhardt, Albert Mangelsdorf, an Afro Rock Band (Black Blood) and a funk disco band (SSO)?

 Janot Morales (1919-1981), born and raised in a circus family, has made a long career in jazz music in Belgium.  In 1941 he joins the band of Fud Candrix.  Around and after WW II, he can be heard with Jeff De Boeck and his Metro Band, the big bands of Charlie Calmeyn, Bobby Naret, Stan Brenders, Gus Clark, Jean Omer, the Belgian All Stars Big band, etc...
In 1943, he joins the popular Ernst Van't Hoff band and in 1945 "The Internationals" (Jeff De Boeck).
In 1950, he joins the French band of Jacques Hélian (in which Sadi, Jean Warland, Kenny Clarke, Ernie Royal have participated).
Back in Belgium, he presents a quartet with Francis Coppieters (p), Jean Warland (b) and singer Mary Kay.  In 1956, he forms a big band, which plays at the Casino of Knokke and at the "Lido du Palace" in Brussels.

 He played all over Europe, and recorded a.o. with Django Reinhardt, Sadi, Hazy Osterwald Jetset, Scott Bradford (p), Jack Van Poll, Etienne Verschueren and Francy Boland.
He was a member of the big bands of Henri Seghers, Francis Bay and later joined Etienne Verschueren and the BRT Jazzorkest, where he stayed until the end. With that band, he played with numerous US and European solists, and for numerous composers and arrangers (Francy Boland, Bert Joris, Bob Porter, Freddy Sunder, Etienne Verschueren, Sadi, Michel Herr, to name just some Belgian names).  In 1976, he appears on 3 LPs (now reissued as a double cd) with the Francy Boland Orchestra : "Francy Boland-The Orchestra-Blue Flame-Red hot-White heat"(MPS 0602517643888).

He appears on Gasty Meyer's album "Changing Moods" with the Belgian All Stars Big Band featuring Benny Bailey & Toots Thielemans.   He appears on several tv shows and albums recorded by Sadi.
Janot Morales also recorded with the JJ Band (soul rock), Black Blood (Afro Rock), Johan Verminnen (Flemish rock), SSO (Funk Disco).
As a leader, he released only two albums
- Janot Morales et son orchestre" (Victory 11041, 1956)  (10’’)
- a quartet album titled "Miles Inspirations with Gus Decock, Paul Dubois, Garcia Morales (his son), an album I am pleased to post today.  

Some interesting trivia about this album:

The sleeve notes were written by the late Robert Pernet, discographer and drummer (Babs Robert Quartet, Raphael, Cos ,…).
The album was issued on the obscure Selection label, produced by Pierre Pletinckx who also produced legendary albums by Solis Lacus, Raphael and Mad Unity to name a few.  And it was re-issued in France on the legendary Montparnasse Label (of Janko Nilovic fame)
I told you it would be a names-dropping exercise.  Just reading these names should get your mouth watering …

Front cover for the French version on Montparnasse

Enjoy!  With thanks for the superb sound quality and sleeves scan to Wizard Paul D.

Tracks

A1 Crowded Traffic 4:06
A2 Trixie 4:32
A3 Pulsations 4:17
A4 Pick Me Up 4:30
B1 Prettily 4:56
B2 Strange Country 5:54
B3 Wawa-Kiri 5:35


Credits: 
JANOT MORALES :   TRUMPET / FLUGELHORN
GUS DECOCK            PIANO
PAUL DUBOIS            BASS
GARCIA MORALES   DRUMS

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

ONE FROM ARKADIN


JOE VIERA SEXTETT – KONTRASTE
(Calig – CAL 30169, Germany, 1978)



 Earlier this month onxidlib sent us a rip of a very obscure 45 rpm single by saxophonist Joe Viera and pianist Eric Ferstl (here).  I was not familiar with these musicians but fellow bloggers and followers volunteered information that filled a gap in my knowledge of German Jazz.  As one said, the more I know, the more I realize I know nothing. 
I was especially pleased to receive comments from Arkadin of Arkadin’s Ark’s fame (the blog is currently hibernating, let’s hope it’ll wake up soon or later), one of the blogs that inspired me to start my own.  Arkadin was kind enough to rip and contribute to this blog with this excellent Live album by the Joe Viera Sextett on the obscure but very sought-after German label CALIG.



Tracklist
A1 Boogie Stop Shuffle Composed By Charles Mingus 7:05
A2 Blues For Africa Composed By Joe Viera 17:50
B1 Ballad Medley 7:20
B2 Song For My Father Composed By Horace Silver 12:45
B3 Monk's Mood Composed By Thelonious Monk 4:25
B4 Stompy Jones Composed By Duke Ellington 3:10






Credits
Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Jochen Rose
Tenor Saxophone – Joe Viera
Baritone Saxophone, Flute, Alto Saxophone, Vocals – Axel Prasuhn
Piano – Martin Schrack
Double Bass – Detlev Beier
Drums – Hans Clauss
Congas, Percussion – Gerhard Laber


With thanks to Arkadin and all other music lovers and visitors who contribute to this blog.  Lotsa good things in the pipeline for the weeks to come, keep coming back!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

RARITIES # 22 – 23 - 24


SWING SPECIALTIES No.1 / No 2 / No 3
FRANS POPTIE & HIS SWING SPECIALS
(FONTANA EP, NL, 1957).

Three rare EP in one single installment!  Thanks from “moi même”, a fellow (former) blogger from France who recently sent me rips of these three rare Dutch EP.

Some might call this music “Gypsy Jazz” but the expression had not been invented in 1957, let’s just call it plain good ol’ SWING.  And swing it does indeed!

Nicknamed “The Dutch Stephane Grappely”, Frans Poptie (March 3, 1918 - December 31, 2010) was a Dutch jazz violinist, arranger and band leader.  In addition to the violin, he also played the clarinet and saxophone.


Poptie played with, among others, Eddy Christiani and the VARA-dance band. In 2002 he gave up playing the violin because of is age. He was not limited to jazz but played and recorded in a variety of styles, gypsy swing , dance bands, country, popular music, easy listening. 
He passed away on the last day of 2010 at the advanced age of 92.

The 12 tracks appeared also on the LP “Frans Poptie and his Swing Specials - The Swing Specialities”  Fontana (EU) 680501TL.  

Paul D. found the following information on the sessions:

CREDITS:

Frans Poptie and his Swing Specials : Willy Langestraat (cl) Eddie Sanchez (vib) Frans Poptie (vln) Herman Vis (g) Ted van Dongen (el-g) Wim Kastelein (b) Martin Beekmans (d) Eddie Sanchez (vib,maraccas-1)
Recorded in Hilversum, March 11-12, 1957

SWING SPECIALTIES No.1 (EP Fontana 463 102 TE)
o Sweet Georgia Brown
o Sweet Lorraine
o I’ve found a new baby
o It's only a paper moon


SWING SPECIALTIES No.2
 (EP Fontana 463 103 TE)

o Shine
o Frenesi
o Avalon
o Swing special blues (1)

n.b. I do not know who plays the pennywhistle solo in Swing Special Blues - Langestraat most probably as he always had a keen interest in "exotic" instruments.  It gives a South African Kwela feel to that small part of the track (think of Spokes Mashiyane for instance(.



SWING SPECIALTIES No.3
(EP Fontana 463 104 TE)

o Limehouse blues
o I only have eyes for you
o Gotta be this or that
o Bye bye blues











TRIVIA :  Willy Langestraat recorded a lot of Latin music with his band Laguestra.  He was also interested in Arabic and Eastern music and had a large collection of non-Western instruments (If Poptie was the Dutch Stephane Grappely, Langestraat was the Dutch Emil Richards!).  According to Paul D. – who is a reliable source of information - Willy Langestraat aka Billy Longstreet (1914-1995) was a good friend of Stan Getz.  Getz dedicated an album to him: "Billy Highstreet Samba" on Emarcy 838771-2 recorded in Paris, on Novembre 4, 1981.  

You can watch and hear Frans Poptie on YouTube.  I especially recommend the Night Rider Boogie recorded by Dutch Steel Guitarist Koos Biel with members of the Dutch Swing College and The Swing Specials.  These guys can compete with any "genuine" American Western Swing aggregation! 

Monday, July 9, 2012

RARITY #21


MAX BRÜEL / ATTILA ZOLLER / GARY PEACOCK 
"JAZZ SALON DORTMUND 1957"  
METRONOME MEP 1139 


Another rare EP from the vault of onxidlib.  A Danish saxophonist, an Hungarian guitarist and an American bassist, recorded in Germany and issued on the Swedish Metronome label.  

Max Brüel (July 14, 1927 - March 31, 1995) was a Danish architect and jazz musician, an accomplished pianist and saxophonist.  He is the designer of Denmark's tallest building, the Herlev Hospital in Copenhagen.  Brüel was among the few baritone players actively involved in hard bop and later free playing in Europe. He co-led a band with fellow Dane John Tchicai in early '60s. 
Attila Zoller and George “Gary” Peacock do not need any introduction.   Peacock was in the US Army at the time, stationed in Germany.

TRACKS
A.  Stella By Starlight  (Ned Washington, Victor Young)
B1. Indian Summer  (Al Dubin, Victor Herbert)
B2. Yesterdays  (Jerome Kern, Otto Harbach) 

Recorded: 17th March, 1957 at Universum-Filmtheater, Dortmund, Germany.

Discographer Paul Dpointed out that Stella By Starlight had been re-issued on Danish CD  “Max Brüel – Recordings 1950-57
 (Music Mecca CD4025-2).

The two other tracks have not been re-issued on CD to the best of my knowledge.




CREDITS.
Max Brüel, tenor saxophone
Attila Zoller, guitar
Gary Peacock, bass

Pictures of the EP and cover found on the Web

Saturday, July 7, 2012

HOW ABOUT SOME ELECTRICITY FOR A CHANGE?

SKYWALK     "LIVE IN DETROIT"
ORIGINAL RADIO CANADA INTERNATIONAL /
RCI 520 B  (Canada, 1981).




With hindsight, the period going from the mid-Eighties to the mid-Nineties appears as a golden age for buying vinyl albums.  Lots of people sold their vinyl collection to buy the new CD - often buying back albums they already had on vinyl, …so easy, so convenient, such a clear sound and it would last forever … not like your old scratchy vinyls taking so much room in the living room and putting you in trouble with the Mrs.  So the vinyls were stored in the attic or the basement until the next jumble sale, car booth sale or – as it is known in French  - “Brocante”. Because of professional activities, I spent a lot of time abroad, usually in faraway places where there wasn’t much records to be found but every time I got back to Brussels I would spend a great deal of my free time cratedigging in flea markets, brocantes de quartiers and second-hand stores.
The album posted today was found - if my memory serves me right - in a street brocante, Chaussée de Waterloo in St Gilles.  Among the usual odds and ends, I found` a small batch of Canadian jazz albums: Skywalk Live, Presenting Peter Appleyard (on white vinyl) and a couple of Rob McConnell albums. Not a bad day!

I did not know anything about Skywalk but still bought it as part of the batch and it was cheap.
It turned out to be a interesting funky jazz fusion album with good soli – these guys were obviously proficient musicians - very much a product of its own time. 
Most of these guys have become well established and highly regarded musicians in Canada and abroad (check their website).  

Here’s what I found on the band:
Skywalk was a fusion jazz band based out of Vancouver, British Columbia. The band was formed in 1979 by Graeme Coleman (keyboards) and Rene Worst (bass), with Tom Keenlyside (tenor and soprano saxophones, flute), Ihor Kukurudza (guitar), Jim MC Gillveray (percussion), and Lou Hoover (drums).

They opened for Oscar Peterson at the 1980 Montreux/Detroit International Jazz Festival. This performance was recorded and released as their initial album Skywalk Live In Detroit (RCI 520), which received air play on Radio Canada International. This is the only recorded performance of the band with Hoover still playing drums.
(Hoover was for a long time the drummer for Vancouver's No1 blues band: Powder Blues).


Skywalk “Live in Detroit” 
side 1


  • untitled #1 6:50
  • there you go 6:40
  • the optimist 9:50
Side 2
  • oz 7:38
  • Mr Fun 5:25
  • Fee Fi Fo Fum 7:34

Recorded Live @ Montreux / Detroit International Jazz Festival, August 30, 1980


MUSICIANS :
TOM KEENLYSIDE-SAXOPHONE. 
IHOR KUKURUDZA-GUITAR. 
GRAEME COLEMAN- KEYBOARDS. 
RENE WORST BASS. 
JIM McGILLVERAY-PERCUSSION. 
LOU HOOVER-DRUMS

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

RARITY # 20

VIERA / FERSTL - DUO 
45 RPM LYODON 60264, GERMANY, 1964

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Another extremely obscure record thanks to onxidlib.  I must confess that i had never heard of these guys ever before.

Luckily onxidlib volunteered some info:


Erich Ferstl is better known as a composer of film music,  TV scores (for the famous TV series Derrick a.o.) and scores for stage productions. He was active as a jazz pianist in the 60s but has only performed occasionally in a jazz setting ever since.  

Joe Viera is well known as a Jazz educator in Germany. He has written several books about this subject and is still writing reviews etc. He is leading a Big Band of Jazz students and his own group(s). He is also the artistic director of the Jazz Festival in Burghausen (near the Austrian border).


 VIERA - FERSTL DUO

Joe Viera, soprano* & alto saxophone°
Erich Ferstl, piano

1. No Problem* (Duke Jordan)                3:16
2. Round About Midnight° (Thelonious Monk)  3:21


Recorded on 31st January, 1964 in Munich.

LYODON 60264


As usual, a big thank to Paul D. for cleaning the rip.

Monday, July 2, 2012

RARITY # 19

FREUND - MANGELSDORFF - SEXTETT
BRUNSWICK 10.804 EBP, GERMANY, 1957

First of all, thanks to all the visitors. More than 10,000 hits in June, that's quite something for a blog specialising in pretty obscure - often old - jazz records.
And thanks to all the visitors who take the time to leave a comment, it is most appreciated.

Since these forgotten German mid-fifties Jazz EP seem especially popular, I am pleased to post another Brunswick EP, recorded at the 1957 Jazz Festival in Frankfurt am Main.

A superb line up featuring the Mangelsdorff Brothers and Joki Freund, musicians who do not need an introduction.

Pianist Pepsi Auer is well-known through his collaboration with Kurt Edelhagen and various German Radio big bands.  I could not find any information on bassist Marcel Rigot, it seems he was Belgian (to be confirmed).   Drummer Rudi Sehring was very active during the fifties (Hans Koller, Attila Zoller, Lars Gulling, Zoot Sims, Stan Getz ...) but vanished from the scene in the 60s.


FREUND - MANGELSDORFF SEXTETT

Albert Mangelsdorff, trombone
Emil Mangelsdorff, alto saxophone
Joki Freund, tenor saxophone
Pepsi Auer, piano
Marcel Rigot, bass
Rudi Sehring, drums

Tracks:

A. Domicile (Freund)
B. Three Lines (Auer)

Recorded on June 8th, 1957 at the Jazz Festival, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
BRUNSWICK10804 EPS

This post is the result of a cross-border collaboration between onxidlib (Germany), Paul D (Belgium) and Boogieman (Morocco).