In memory of Johnny Peret

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

Monday, October 22, 2012

JAZZ IN MOROCCO


BYE BOB

BOB DARTSCH (07/07/1944 - 16/10/2012)



Bob and his long-time buddy & musical partner, bassman John Valcke, made up the rhythm section of Boogie Woogie pianist Renaud Patigny & his band, the Blue Devils.


Source: Les Lundis d'Hortense


In the seventies, Bob was one of the drummers of the legendary Belgian Prog /Jazz Fusion band COS and took part in the recording sessions that produced the albums Post Aeolian Train Robbery and Viva Boma.

Obituary in French (RTBF)
Blog Les Ancetres


Toute ma sympathie à sa famille.



Sunday, October 21, 2012

CITY JAZZ


FRANKFURT ALL STARS  
"CITY JAZZ"
FRANKFURT MAIN-STREAMS 
(double LP Telefunken 6.28341 DP, Germany, 1976)


Guys, you can send a big word of thank to onxidlib who sent me this superb double album which features  “la crème” of the German Jazz in the Seventies.  Just have a look a the names below.

You will need a bit of patience, uploading two LPs in FLAC is a lengthy process when one lives on the Southern shore of the Mediterranean.

Here is the track list and the details of the sessions. Beautiful music with a definite Seventies / Eurojazz  feel.  If you’re into European Jazz of this period – MPS & all – you’ll dig this one.

LP1:

A1. Bloo-Mood (Mayer)                     04:16
FROM
Ralf Hübner, drums
Günter Lenz, bass
Klaus Göbel, organ
Emil Mangelsdorff, alto saxophone
Gustl Mayer, tenor saxophone

Recorded: April 16, 1975.


A2. Vaguely Pedestrian (Hübner)            03:30
JOKI FREUND JAZZTETT:
Joki Freund, soprano saxophone
Emil Mangelsdorff, alto saxophone, flute
Ralf Hübner, drums
Günter Lenz, bass, e-bass
Günter Kronberg, alto & baritone saxophone
Fritz Hartschuh, vibraphone
Bob Degen, piano, e-piano

Recorded: April 17, 1975.


A3. For-E- (Flinner)                       03:48
EMIL MANGELSDORFF QUARTETT:
Emil Mangelsdorff, alto saxophone, flute, piccolo, bongo, bells
Jo Flinner, piano, e-piano
Gerhard Bitter, bass, percussion
Mano Weiss, drums, percussion, tabla

Recorded: April 16, 1975.


A4. Unanswered Questions (Hübner)          04:05
JOKI FREUND JAZZTETT

A5. Seaweed (Freund)                       02:37
JOKI FREUND JAZZTETT

A6. The End Is Happy (Sauer)               01:55
VOICES:
Günter Kronberg, alto & baritone saxophone
Heinz Sauer, alto saxophone
Bob Degen, piano
Jürgen Wuchner, bass
Ralf Hübner, drums

Recorded: April 22, 1975.


B1. Sugar (Turrentine)                     04:29
FROM

B2. Lord Snowdon's Remorse (Freund)        04:53
FRANKFURT JAZZ ENSEMBLE:
Albert Mangelsdorff, trombone
Emil Mangelsdorff, alto saxophone, flute
Joki Freund, soprano saxophone
Conny Jackel, trumpet, fluegelhorn
Heinz Sauer, tenor saxophone
Günter Kronberg, baritone saxophone
Bob Degen, piano, e-piano
Günter Lenz, bass
Ralf Hübner, drums

Recorded: April 21, 1975.


B3. Tunc-Bilek (Lenz)                       06:00
FRANKFURT JAZZ ENSEMBLE

B4. Trouble With Mutation (Sauer)           03:08
VOICES




LP2:

A1. Ebony Moon Beams (Hubbard)              04:35
FRANKFURT JAZZ ENSEMBLE

A2. From Time To Time (Freund)              04:42
JOKI FREUND JAZZTETT

A3. Asian-Inspiration (Mangelsdorff)        04:46
EMIL MANGELSDORFF QUARTETT

A4. Despedida (Hübner)                      04:16
VOICES

A5. At The Phasechoppers Ball (Freund)      02:53
JOKI FREUND JAZZTETT


B1. Street Stories (Freund)                 06:17
FRANKFURT JAZZ ENSEMBLE

B2. Stropp (Freund)                         05:10
JOKI FREUND JAZZTETT

B3. Chiffchaff (Mangelsdorff)               10:24
ALBERT MANGELSDORFF QUARTETT
Albert Mangelsdorff, trombone
Heinz Sauer, tenor saxophone
Buschi Niebergall, bass
H. Peter Giger, drums

Recorded: April 22, 1975.



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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Friday, October 12, 2012

TIME FOR SOME GREASY & GROOVY B-3

SOUL GROOVING
MERL SAUNDERS TRIO & BIG BAND America Records – 30 AM 6093, France - 196? - (Fantasy / Galaxy)

My all-time favourite Merl Saunders album.  Not an easy one to find. My copy is the french pressing on America Records.

No details of the personnel on the sleeve except that the big band arrangements are by Ray Shanklin.

Any additional info on the personnel would be much appreciated.








Tracklist
A1 Soul Roach 2:20
A2 Lonesome Fever 3:55
A3 I Pity The Fool 3:12
A4 Up, Up And Away 2:28
A5 Ode To Billy Joe 3:25
B1 My Train 2:37
B2 Angel Eyes 4:42
B3 Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby 4:41
B4 Tighten Up 2:26
B5 Soul Grooving 2:31

Sunday, October 7, 2012

OBITUARY – JACKY JUNE


JACKY JUNE (1928-2012)
A footnote in Belgian jazz history.
My friend Claude in Brussels sent me a mail earlier today : En écoutant l'émission de Marc Danval hier, j'ai appris le décès de Jacky June (ou Jun, comme l'écrit Pernet dans sa disco). Et, toujours selon Pernet, son vrai nom serait Jean-Jacques Junne.  Jacky June est décédé le 28 septembre 2012.  

There is a short biography, written by Marc Danval, in the Dictionnaire du Jazz à Bruxelles et en Wallonie but nothing on Jacky June on the Lundis d’Hortense website.

A clarinetist in the old style, Jacky June recorded as a member of  the JUMP COLLEGE (Polydor, 1965).






RE POST: a landmark in SA Jazz

JAZZ IN AFRICA vol. 1 & 2
John Mehegan, Jonas Gwanga, Hugh Masekela, Kippie Moeketsi & all (South Africa, 1959)




I have re-posted the complete session (2CD) recorded in 1959 during a tour of American pianist John Mehegan in South Africa.  The session features the cream of the SA boppers at the time (they were already known as the Jazz Epistles).  Beautiful music and an historic document.  If you did not get it the first time, get it now, you won’t be disappointed.

See comments in the original post for the link.



Friday, October 5, 2012

RHYTHM INC. LTD


EMIL MANGELSDORFF SWINGERS
OLD FASHION NEW SOUND 
(EUROPA LP E386 , 1969, Germany)


A groovy little album by the great Emil, straight from Paul D’s treasure trove.  A little gem of sixties jazz for dancing on the EUROPA budget label that already gave us the ST TROPEZ JAZZ OCTET!  Super sound quality thanks to Paul D’s usual wizardry!

If you like 60s albums such as the already mentioned St Tropez Jazz Octet or Charly Antolini’s Soul Beat (SABA), you’ll love this one.  It’s a wonder the groovy Rhythm Inc. Ltd has not been compiled yet, it's Emil nodding in Eddie Harris'direction.
  
Kraut / prog rock aficionados will recognized the name of bass player Hans Hartmann of GURU GURU (and many other ventures) fame. The late Joe Nay was one of Germany’s top drummers, his credentials include Jan Huydts Trio, Fritz Pauer Trio, Günter Lenz Springtime, Michael Naura Quartet & Quintet, Spectrum, Utopia, Wilton Gaynair Quintet … The late Oscar Klein was among Austria’s best-known jazzmen, a guitarist with a strong feeling for the blues.

Musicians
Trumpet, Guitar – Oscar Klein
Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute – Emil Mangelsdorff
Tenor Saxophone – Gustl Mayr
Piano – Rolf Lüttgens
Double Bass – Hans Hartmann
Drums – Joe Nay

Tracks
A1 Yellow - Cat 4:24
A2 Ruck - A - Sack 3:03
A3 Emil's Mood 4:06
A4 One Step Backwards 2:47
A5 Matchbox Suite 3:58
B1 Billy Boy 3:19
B2 Stop Racing 1:55
B3 Francfort Jazz History 3:10
B4 House Of The Rising Sun 2:43
B5 Rhythm Inc. Ltd. 5:07

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

DUST MY BROM !


GUSTAV BROM & HIS ORCHESTRA "RUBICON"
SUPRAPHON STEREO 55  975
aka 
ORCHESTR GUSTAVA BROMA  (Jazzový Koncert)
Supraphon, Gramofonový Klub

This is the album that introduced me to Gustav Brom.  It remains my favorite among Brom’s substantial discography.  The suite-like Rubicon (14:31) deserves to be considered a milestone in trippy jazz. I do not know what they were smoking but this track is a pure gem. Forget Zappa’s lame attempts at mixing jazz with avant-rock or modern classical, he never managed to get his bands to swing.  Now listen to Gustav Brom … 


It is not my habit to re-post albums found on other blogs but yesterday I was searching the web and realized that this album was nowhere to be found in the blogsphere.   It used to be there, that’s how I got this rip.  Was it from the short-lived Iron Curtain Classics or some other long-gone blogs? I can’t remember, so many good blogs have vanished over the years.  Whoever ripped it did a pretty good job and deserves a word of thank.  This music is so good, it needs to be accessible, hence me reposting it.



The album is well known among collectors and aficionados for the great scat vocals from Helena Bleharova in "Cerny Pasazer - Stowaway", a beautiful example of European vocal jazz.  Also worth mentioning is their version of George Russell’s Stratusphunk. 


There was a bootleg re-issue in UK a few years ago (Treasure Trove Records) but it is no longer available.


Here is the exact detail of the sessions:

Gustav Brom and his Orchestra : Jaromir Hnilicka (tp,vcl) Mojmir Bartek (tb) Josef Audes (bar) Josef Blaha (p) Alfa Smid (b-g) Milan Rezabek (b) Bill Moody (d)
Prague, December 11-13, 1967

Cloud (Mrak)   Supraphon (CZ) SUA15975

Gustav Brom and his Orchestra : Jaromir Hnilicka, Arthur Pavlicek (tp) Alfa Smid (tp,bgo) Jan Formanek, Mojmir Bartek (tb) Misloslav Petr (as) Zdenek Novak, Bronislav Horak (ts) Josef Audes (bar,cl) Josef Blaha (p,org,oboe) Milan Rezabek (b) Bill Moody, Vaclav Skala (d) Helena Bleharova (vcl)

same loc. & dates:   other tracks

Tracks :   
Side A
1. Rubicon 14:35 
2. Ararat 4:15

Side B: 
1. Strathusphunk 4:25
2. Cerny Pasazer-Stowaway, 2:55
3. Mrak-Cloud 4:05
4. Aschabad 8:30


n.b. Link corrected (04 Oct.)

Monday, October 1, 2012

ONE FOR THE GROWING BIN!


JEAN BLAUTE – HELLO YOUNG LOVERS
Vinyl LP album, Philips - 6468 067, Belgium – 1981


First of all, this is NOT a jazz album.  Actually it is the kind of album one would expect to find on the Growing Bin blog.  So it’s quite simple:

(i) If you usually like what Basso, Cesare & all post on the Growing Bin, give this album a try, you’ll like it too,
(ii) If you don’t know the Growing Bin or do not like what’s posted there, don’t bother to download this album.
You’ve been warned.

That being said, it is a sad testimony to Belgium’s cultural apartheid when a man of many talents such as Jean Blaute, a Flemish musician, composer, producer and TV personality, remains largely unknown on the other side of the “taal grens” (the linguistic border that separate the Dutch-speaking North from the French-speaking South).

I have been fortunate to grow up on the border with one foot on each side.  In the early seventies, I was introduced by my Flemish friends to a thriving musical scene that remained largely ignored by the French-speaking side.  There was a traditional folk revival going on (with bands such as Rum, De Snaar, De Kadullen …), blues was still going strong with Roland & his Bluesworkhop, Karel Bogaerd Blues Band, Big Bill, there was prog-folk with Kandahar, pop/rock with Raymond Van het Groenewoud and a whole set of talented singers-songwriters (“kleinkunst” was popular in the early seventies).

Musical centipede Jean Blaute was in the late 1970s/early 1980s not only the smallest centimeter in Raymond Van het Groenewoud's backing band, he is also a great musician, record producer and songwriter. His collaboration with Roland, Urbanus, Nieuwe Snaar, K's Choice and the already cited Raymond resulted in many jewels in the Flemish pop history.  Jean is also something of a TV personality, just think of his hilarious contribution to the "Urbanus movies", his interventions in the popular "De 3 Wijzen"/"The 3 Wise Men" and recently his quest a side Ray Cokes for the taste of beer in "Tournée Générale".
In 1981 Jean delivered with the instrumental solo album "Hello Young Lovers" a sample of his musical ability. Some of the songs were used as tune in Flemish TV programs. Anyone have a clue for which this beautiful "Mama Linda" was used? (Adapted from: HERE)

If you can read Dutch, there is an extensive interview with Jean Blaute HERE.



I found this album years ago on a brocante and was attracted at first by its artwork, a drawing by famous cartoonist Ever Meulen.  Then I had a look at the credits and saw a whole roster of famous names - well, famous mostly in (the North of) Belgium -  jazzmen such as John Ruocco and Bruno Castellucci, former Placebo bassplayer, Yvan de Souter, Flemish blues legend Roland, members of rock bands TC Matic (Jean Marie Aerts) and Raymond Van het Groenewoud’s backing band (Stoy Stoffelen).   I became curious to hear the music.



So what about the music? It is an instrumental album and a pure product of the Eighties - not my favourite decade musically speaking. The music covers a whole spectrum of genres, from Westcoast Disco (Diploma) to Organ-led Soul Jazz/ Funk (Billy’s Bag) by way of jazz fusion (Colonel Spannee), some almost Larry Corryelesque acoustic guitar (Mama Linda), electro-funk-pop à la TC Matic (Johnny Muzak, Madagascar) and everything in between.

Tracklist
A1 Diploma Written-By – J. Blaute 3:05
A2 That Haunting Melody (Elfstedentocht) Written-By – Drs. P 5:27
A3 Colonel Spannee Written-By – J. Blaute 3:18
A4 Mama Linda Written-By – J. Blaute 2:35
A5 Madagascar Written-By – J. Blaute, J.M. Aerts, S. Stoffelen 2:59
B1 Harnanas Written-By – J. Blaute 3:00
B2 Warffum Written-By – J. Blaute 4:15
B3 Billy's Bag Written-By – B. Preston 3:28
B4 Simpel Written-By – I. De Souter 5:45
B5 Johnny Muzak Written-By – J. Blaute 3:30

Credits
Backing Vocals [Ray Connif Singers] – Raymond van het Groenewoud (tracks: A2)
Bass – Evert Verhees (tracks: A1, A2, A3,B1,B2,B3,B5), Mich Verbelen (tracks: A4), Ivan De Souter (Ketje) (tracks: B4)
Bass, Synthesizer [Roland Guitar] – Jean-Marie Aerts (tracks: A5)
Clarinet – John Ruocco (tracks: A2)
Drums – Bruno Castellucci (tracks: A1,A2,A3,B1,B2,B3,B5)
Guitar [Acoustic] – Roland Van Campenhout (tracks: A4)
Harmonica – Roland Van Campenhout (tracks: A3)
Percussion – Chris Joris (tracks: A1 to A4, B4), Firmin Timmermans (tracks: B1,B3,B5)
Percussion, Drums – Stoy Stoffelen (tracks: A5)
Saxophone [Tenor] – John Ruocco (tracks: A1,A3, B5)
Synthesizer [Jupiter 8, Programmed By] – Tars Lootens (tracks: A1,A2,B1,B5)
Synthesizer, Piano, Guitar [Acoustic & Electric], Organ, Accordion – Jean Blaute

Notes
Recorded at I.C.P. Studio, Brussels, Belgium 
Mastering done at Translab, Paris, France 
LP cover : Ever Meulen