In memory of Johnny Peret

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

Thursday, May 23, 2013


Rundfunktanzorchester Berlin ‎– Big Band Aktuell
LP AMIGA ‎– 8 55 568, GDR - 1977

If you like that unique funky European touch that blessed so many European big bands in the early to mid-Seventies, you’ll love this album.  As far as I know, it is the most adventurous album by this GDR big band.  Very original sound, especially on side 2 with tracks like Tiefetal 10 (with some solid alto courtesy of Ernst Ludwig Petrowsky) and “Etude”(with superb electric violin by Hubert Katzenbeier who musta bin listening to lotsa Sugarcane).

This last track is a pure delight for progheads! 

All tracks on side A were composed and arranged by Jerzy Milian.

A1       Ich Suche Nach Dir    5:15
Trombone – Hubert Katzenbeier
A2       Es Läuft          2:40
Alto Saxophone – Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky
A3       Drums-Jubiläum        3:15
Drums – Wolfgang Winkler
A4       Gründung Der Quarten         2:47
Tenor Saxophone – Werner Schmidt
A5       Wasserpfeifen-Blues  4:55
Flugelhorn, Trombone – Joachim Graswurm
Flute – Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky
Trombone – Hubert Katzenbeier

B1       Tiefetal 10      5:40
Alto Saxophone, Composed By – Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky
Bass – Klaus Koch      Guitar – Klaus Hille
B2       Ballade           3:34
Trombone, Composed By – Hubert Katzenbeier
B3       Erinnerung An Einen Wintertag      5:05
Alto Saxophone – Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky
Composed By – Václav Zahradník
Trumpet – Joachim Graswurm
B4       Etüde  6:26
Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Joachim Graswurm
Violin [Electric], Composed By – Hubert Katzenbeier

Conductor [Leitung] – Günter Gollasch

Recording dates:s
Aufnahmen: Rundfunk der DDR
A1 rec. 26.11.1971
A2 rec. 18.07.1972
A3, B4 rec. 16.06.1976
A4 rec. 21.11.1974
A5 rec. 24.02.1972
B1 rec. 15.06.1976
B2 rec. 06.06.1975
B3 rec. 06.10.1972

There are some great pictures of the Rundfunktanzorchester here

Tuesday, May 21, 2013



Carmell Jones

onxidlib just sent me this broadcast from the Swedish Radio. 

Carmell  Jones, trumpet  
Leo  Wright, alto saxophone 
Staffan Abeleen, piano 
Björn Alke, bass 
Leroy Lowe, drums

Leo Wtight

Staffan Abeleen

1. Straight No Chaser
2. Willow Weep for Me - I Can't Get Started
3. The Man I Love
4. Milestones
5. Groovin' High

Recorded in Stockholm in 1972 (venue and exact date unknown).

Saturday, May 18, 2013


Leo Wright Combo
Flöte + Alt-Sax = Leo Wright
LP AMIGA ‎– 8 50 056, German Democratic Republic (GDR) - 1966

Here is a contribution from an anonymous visitor who sent us a rip of the this rare album via onxidlib. It is the companion album to the one I posted in December.  The Leo Wright Combo was a Quintet that was built by Leo Wright for a Concert-Tour in the former German Democratic Republic in 1965.

In addition to Wright's excellent work on flute and alto sax, this album is another opportunity to hear the virtuosity and melodic invention of Andre Condouant, probably one of jazz most underrated guitar players.

A blues-drenched album not to miss!


Leo Wright - Flute, Alto-Saxophone
"Dr. Blues" Candy Green - Vocals, Piano, Claviola
André Condouant - Guitar
Wolfgang Kraesse - Bass
Hartwig Bartz - Drums 

A1       Encore                                              (Sonny  Stitt))
A2       It Might As Well Be Spring               (Rodgers)
A3       Down Home Kansas City Blues       (Candy Green)
A4       Kidney Stew                                     (Eddie Vinson)
B1       Every Day I Have The Blues            (Memphis Slim)
B2       Blues March                                     (James Moody)
B3       Grooving High                                  (Dizzy Gillespie)

I shall be eternally grateful to the Anonymous visitor for giving us the opportunity to hear this tremendous music.

And thanks to the person who uploaded the album pics on Discogs.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013



LP High Energy  MD 0044 – BELGIUM, 1979

I collect LP by or featuring Michel Herr.  I’ve known and appreciated his music since the early days of Solis Lacus.  IMHO Michel Herr is one of Belgium’s greatest jazzmen, talented pianist, inspired composer and gifted arranger.  I was therefore quite pleased to find this album a the S&H Record Fair (Brussels) last Saturday.  I did not know what to expect exactly but considering the names in the band, I was not taking much of a risk.

I write "did not know what to expect" because I had absolutely no idea who Lou MacConnell is or was and could not find any useful info on the Net.

He played as a sideman on another rare LP, this time  by guitarist Jan Doveren, featuring also Michel Herr on piano and on two Chet Baker albums.  These are the only recorded traces of this talented saxophonist / flautist.

Reaching for It is an impressive album, it just blew me when I first heard it.  It starts with a deep version of Naima followed by a breezy version of Jobim’s O Grande Amor with Macconnell on flute and beautiful Fender Rhodes courtesy of Michel Herr.   Side A ends with a good rendition of Easy Living featuring again Macconnell on tenor and Herr on acoustic piano.

Side B starts with Miles’ Four followed by the “piece de resistance”-  Coltrane’s Like Sonny.  Side B ends on a lighter note with Horace Siver’s Gringo with Michel Herr back at the Fender Rhodes.   It’s incredible that such a record could remain completely unknown.  If ever there was a jazz record in need of immediate reissue, here it is.
If little is known about Lou MacConnell, it is not the case with his sidemen.  In addition to Michel Herr on piano (acoustic anf fender Rhodes), we have hard bop veteran Wilbur Little on bass (he was living in Amsterdam since 1977) and Vinnie Johnson on drums.   Johnson was a.o. the drummer on Stanton Davis’ Ghetto Mysticism and a member of Bill Frisell Triode with Kermit Driscoll (see the post on Good Friends, with Michel Herr also).
You can’t go wrong with a band like that!

Tracks :
1. Naima (John Coltrane)
2. O grande amor (Antonio Carlos Jobim)
3. Easy living (Rainger / Robin)

4. Four (Miles Davis)
5. Like Sonny (John Coltrane)
6. Gringo (Horace Silver)

Musicians :
Lou MacConnell - tenor saxophone, flute
Michel Herr - piano
Wilbur Little - double bass
Vinnie Johnson - drums

Recorded in July 1979 at Michel Dickenscheid's studio, Ougrée (B). Released in 1979 (MD 0044).
If that ain’t a lost treasure of European Deep / Spiritual Jazz, then I don’t know how to call it.

Sunday, May 12, 2013


Jazz Jamboree 75 Vol. 1
Rhythm Combination And Brass / Gustaw Brom Big Band
Polskie Nagrania Muza ‎– SX 1339 - Poland, 1976


Side A contains rare non-MPS work from Herbolzheimer’s RC&B – a sweet Polish live date, with versions of "Spanish", "Sunflower Chant", and "Blues In My Shoes"!
On Side B, three Gustav Brom Big Band’s live tracks, "Prilezitestne Blues” being my favourite.

A1       Rhythm Combination And Brass  –  Spanish           6:45
A2       Rhythm Combination And Brass –  Sunflower Chant         6:35
A3       Rhythm Combination And Brass –  Blues In My Shoes      12:20
B1       Gustaw Brom Big Band –  Whom Can I Turn To    8:25
B2       Gustaw Brom Big Band  –    Příležitostné blues / Occasional Blues           5:55
B3       Gustaw Brom Big Band  –    Misty   3:45

P. Herbolzheimer Rhythm Combination And Brass (tracks: A1 to A3): no details on the musicians.
Gustaw Brom Big Band (tracks: B1 to B3) no details on the musicians except: Vibraphone – J. Milian / Vocals – A. Dąbrowski
Recorded live at the Congress Hall Warsaw, Octobre 1975

Vol 2 feat. Karin Krog and Zbigniew Namyslowski has been floating around in the blogsphere for quite a while.  If you can’t find it, let me know and I’ll post a copy.


11th May 2013

I spent  Saturday morning at the Sweet & Hot Jazz Record Fair, at the Jazz Station (St Josse, Brussels).  Excellent organization as usual, there were lots of bargains to be made. It is unfortunate that relatively few people attended the event, much less than usual.  

Perhaps because of the date, Thursday was a public holiday and lots of people took Friday off and went for a long weekend outside  Brussels (or even outside Belgium, in search of a bit of sun and heat). 

Brussels was pretty empty these last few days.

Anyway, those who attended made the right choice.
Here  are some of the goodies I found (all on LP and all at very affordable prices).
  •          Lou Macconnell with Michel Herr on piano (Rare US/EU Deep jazz)
  •       Denny Zeitlin - Zeitgeist (3 €!)
  •          The Bop Friends Live @ the Mozart (Belgian hard boppers)
  •           Placebo –Harvest (Ok, it’s only a pirate copy …can’t afford the original)
  •         W. Engsfeldt-M. Herr Quartet – short stories
  •          Gunter Lentz Springtime – Roaring Plenties
  •          Leningrad Jazz International 87
  •         Some Brits Jazz: an album by guitarist Eric Kershaw and one by Sphere (UK hard boppers feat. Andy Sheppard)
  •          Pori Big Band (1980)
  •          A couple of SteepleChase albums @ 3€ (Stanley Cowell, Frank Strozier)
  •          BRT Jazz Orkest, Big Band Sound, European Jazz Ensemble …

    Earlier in the week, strolling thru' the city, I had already found a few interesting LP
  •        Naima – Family walk (German fusion)
  •     Girogio Gaslini - Multiply
  •          Kolner Jazz Haus Big Band
  •           Rudy Smith Quartet (Trinidadian steel pan jazz virtuso + Scandinavian trio)
  •        A couple of Claude Bolling high energy big bands
  •          Guitars Unlimited (French guitar orchestra playing jazz standards, superb arrangements)

Got some blues albums too.

Next S&H Record Fair will be in September, during the St Jazz-ten-Noode celebration.  Don't miss it!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013


(LP Columbia, Jazz Stars Series, France, 1957)

Two Masters of Mainstream Jazz in Europe: saxophonist Guy Lafitte (1927-1998) and pianist André Persiany (1927-2004).  Both are jazz legends in their native France but are not especially well-known outside of France and neighboring countries.

GUY LAFITTE was a tenor in the school of Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins and Don Byas. At the beginning of his career he worked and recorded with Mezz Mezzrow (1951–1952) and toured with Big Bill Broonzy in 1951.
In 1954 Lafitte made Paris his home, and worked with Lionel Hampton and Emmett Berry. Lafitte had also been a collaborator on various other projects with musicians such as Wild Bill Davis and Bill Coleman.

ANDRE PERSIANY: Born André Paul Stephane Persiani in Paris on November 19, 1927, he was a versatile jazz accompanist who led his own groups from 1946 on. Influenced by Milt Buckner, Persiany played in the pianist/organist's familiar locked-hands style. He recorded in Paris with American expatriates like Sidney Bechet, Buck Clayton, Lionel Hampton, Bill Coleman and Mezz Mezzrow until 1956, when he came to America. Persiany spent most of the 1960s working in trumpeter Jonah Jones' quartet.

Persiany's career hit a peak in the 1970s after he returned to France. His expat collaborations continued with Buckner, Cat Anderson, Arnett Cobb, Buckner, Charlie Shavers and Budd Johnson. Among Persiany's own recordings were Swinging Here and There (1958, Pathé), The Real Me (1970, Black & Blue) and Every Night at Furstemburg (1977, Open).

Thanks to Onxidlib for the rip of this classic French LP.

Guy Lafitte, tenor saxophone
André Persiany, piano
Paul Rovere, bass
Christian Garros, drums


Side A:
01. I'm Coming Virginia
02. St. James Infirmary
03. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams
04. Dear Old Southland
05. When It's Sleepy Time Down South
06. I Ain't Got Nobody
07. Ain't Misbehavin

Side B:
08. I've Found A New Baby
09. Frankie And Johnny
10. Chicago
11. Sugar Blue
12. Baby Won't You Please Come Home
13. Rockin' Chair
14. Squeeze Me

Recorded in Paris on October 28 (tr.3, 4, 9, 13) & October 29 (all other tracks), 1957.


Vol.ume 1 is already floating in the blogsphere.  See link in the comments (with thanks to cvllos)

Sunday, May 5, 2013


Gold Records ‎– LP 11 117,  Switzerland - 1980

Two weeks holiday in Brussels involving more cratedigging, a presentation at the Sweet & Hot Jazz Club on Friday and recovering from  a 60th Birthday party (mine!) this Saturday.  Great party with a superb live band (alto sax, guitar, acoustic bass, drums), lotsa friends and plenty Belgian Beer (I drank Brown Grimbergen, smooth and no headache the day after!).

Today I took it easy and managed to find a bit of time to post El Reza’s second contribution to the Boogieman’s Blog.  A fairly rare album, at least outside Switzerland: The Swiss Jazz Quintet ‎– Tell's Shot

I haven’t found much info on this album on the Web.  Excellent music though, this album should please fans of late 70s Eurojazz with modal and soul jazz touches ! 


A1                   Leavin' The City                                           5:50
A2                   Tell's Shot                                                    9:10
A3                   Red Cloud                                                    6:10
B1                   Green Paradise                                             6:40
B2                   A Clean Day                                                5:05
B3                   Train Of Thought                                         7:10


Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone – Heiner Althaus
Trombone – Robert Morgenthaler
Piano – Marcus Becker
Bass – Walter Schmocker
Drums – David Elias

Recorded at the Studio Berne (Switzerland) on March 30, 1980