In memory of Johnny Peret

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

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

13 comments:

  1. This is very pleasant jazz fusion. Thank you once more Boogieman. but i've just seen that someting does not fit with the track sizes given on the record's cover and the files i got. The number of tracks is the same, 3 on one side and 3 on the other but not the sizes. nevertheless i'm enjoying the sound very much! at times makes me think of Weather Report. a nice record, thank you!
    PS i got it now! Track 2 & 3 got together in one file and then track 3 repeats! no big deal! The optimist is a nice peace, no harm on listening to it twice! Cheers Mr. Boogieman!

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  2. Hi El Tortuga,
    thanks for pointing out this mistake. I probably saved the wrong file. Will re-post.
    Cheers

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  3. Here is the new link:
    http://www.mediafire.com/?6954vl88fk18zak
    There may be small discrepancies between time as indicated on the sleeve and actual time as i chopped some of the applause between tracks.

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  4. i didn't really want to point it as a mistake, was just to inform the listeners. but i find it very kind that you care, thank you so much!

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  5. Hey Boogieman
    This looks very promising. Looking forward to checking it out.
    Keep up the great work!

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  6. Found in Brussels, no less... I've been a fan of Skywalk since they arrived on the scene in the mid 80's. I'm * really * looking forward to hearing what their live set sounded like early in their career before they signed with the relatively short-lived Zebra label (who brought them higher awareness). T h a n k s !

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  7. Hi, if you could, might I request a reup when you have time? Would love to hear this.

    Cheers,
    Jeff
    endlessplanets.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Jeff,

      I will re-post but i ask for a bit of patience as do not have access to my archives, I'm traveling.
      Cheers

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  8. NEW LINK: http://www.mirrorcreator.com/files/1PKXU6AA/0643SW_Can.rar_links

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  9. Here's some more fusiony stuff. Nice music.
    Jazz Club
    par Yvan Amar
    le vendredi de 22h30 à 0h
    7 juin 2013 22:32
    En direct du Triton : Prez / Borghi Electric Project


    En direct du Triton aux Lilas

    Prez / Borghi Electric Project

    Emmanuel Borghi (claviers)
    David Prez (saxophones ténor et soprano)
    Simon Tailleu (contrebasse, basse électrique)
    Antoine Paganotti (batterie)
    http://sites.radiofrance.fr/francemusique/em/jazz_club/emission.php?e_id=19&d_id=515008248
    http://www9.zippyshare.com/v/92429555/file.html

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    1. Merci Upkerry.

      et en plus c'est récent!
      Cheers

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