In memory of Johnny Peret

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

Thursday, August 29, 2013




Despite being very busy with his house-moving, our man Onxidlib had found the time to sent us this contribution to the discography of the great Hans Koller.  A great session combining the talent of three luminaries of German / Austrian Jazz: Koller, Albert Mangelsdorf and Peter Trunk.

Hope you’ll enjoy this rare EP! 

Don’t forget to say a word of encouragement to Onxidlib. He'll need it.  I’ve been moving houses a few times and I do sympathize.  Some people may be happy having their whole music collection in virtual format on a small hard drive.  Others need several cubic meters of cupboards, shelves, boxes and crates to store the damn’ vinyls, CDs, old tapes and cassettes, not to mention the equipment needed to play those things and the books and assorted old musical magazines ...  I guess Onxidlib is one of those, and so am I! Bless our wives!

Albert Mangelsdorff, trombone
Hans Koller, tenor saxophone
Helmut Reinhardt, baritone saxophone
Hans Hammerschmid, piano
Peter Trunk, bass
Rudi Sehring, drums

1. Goofing (Hammerschmid)  3:45
2. Stardust (Carmichael)   2:59
3. Dandy (Koller)          2:34
4. Marionetten (Koller)    3:09

Recorded in Baden Baden, Germany on March 26-28, 1958.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013



Pierre Cavalli (source: web)
Onxidlib sent me this one a good while ago.  It was in the waiting list (with more goodies to come soon or later) but since fellow blogger El Porco Rojo just posted an album by Pierre Cavalli and since there aren't that many opportunities to hear this gifted and underrated guitarist in a straight jazz setting, I thought it was time to post it.

Check the names, need I say more ... a dream band?

Friedrich Gulda, piano, electric piano
Kenny Wheeler, trumpet, fluegelhorn
Friedrich Gulda (source: web)
John Surman, baritone & soprano sax
Pierre Cavalli, guitar
Barre Phillips, bass
Klaus Weiss, drums

“Wheel In The Right Machine” (Suite, comp. Gulda)

1. To John Coltrane   05:36
Solos: Surman (bs); Wheeler (flh); Gulda (p)

2. Introduction FG    02:20
3. To Joao Gilberto   08:31
Cavalli introduces the tune. Solos: Surman (ss); Wheeler (flh); Cavalli

4. Introduction FG    01:48
5. To Albert Heath    06:25
Solos: Gulda (el-p); Wheeler (tpt); Surman (bs); Phillips

6. Introduction FG    01:16
7. To The New People  11:59
Solos: Surman (ss); Wheeler (flh); Cavalli; Weiss; Gulda (p)

Kenny Wheeler (source: Wikimedia commons)
 Recorded in Hamburg (Germany), NDR Studio B,
Hamburg-Lokstedt between December 7 & 12, 1969.
John Surman (source:web)

Barre Phillips (source: the Wire UK)

Klaus Weiss (source:

Note: "To Albert Heath" was included on NDR Jazzworkshop '69/'70 (NDR 654 094).

With thanks to onxidlib.

Saturday, August 24, 2013


At the request of a visitor, some Caribbean reposts.  Get 'em while they're available.  

HENRI GUEDON : Nomadisme Musical aux Caraibes


FRA FRA SOUND : Kalinhas Serenade

Links in the comments below.

Thursday, August 22, 2013


Halcyon Records, USA, 1975

I just read on the news that Marian McPartland died yesterday.  She was 95.  A great old lady of jazz piano.  She could be an adventurous musician as this album demonstrates.

Originally recorded for her Halcyon label, this unusual set by pianist Marian McPartland finds her playing quite free in spots. Her interplay with bassist Michael Moore and drummer Jimmy Madison (Billy Hart takes Madison's place on two numbers) is very alert, sometimes almost telepathic, and much more adventurous than one might expect. 

Five of the 11 selections are by McPartland, and four are by Moore, but even the standards ("What Is This Thing Called Love" and "Three Little Words") sound as if they are being performed by lyrical avant-gardists. Fascinating music worthy of several listens.
(source AMG).


1.         What Is This Thing Called Love?    Cole Porter     6:03
2          Aspen Marian McPartland  3:08
3          Sounds Like Seven   Michael Moore          3:50
4          Ambiance       Marian McPartland  3:33
5          Rime   Michael Moore          4:16
6          Three Little Words   Bert Kalmar / Harry Ruby   3:29
7          Hide and Seek With the Bombay Bicycle Club     Michael Moore          4:01
8          Afterglow       Marian McPartland  4:39
9          Lost One        Marian McPartland  3:55
10        The Wisdom of the Heart    Michael Moore          2:47
11         Glimpse          Marian McPartland  6:37

It was reissued as a Jazz Alliance CD in 1995 (OOP).  The rip is from an original Halcyon LP found in the medina in Rabat, amazing what I've found here over the years!  Expect some surface noise but it’s perfectly listenable. 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013



Surf, Hully Gully, Mashed Potatoes avec Jacques Denjean & son Orchestre
LP Polydor, France, 1963 (or 1964 as The Tough Touch ).

I continue with the (re)-posting of various LP I own but I haven't got the time to rip. I take the easy way by re-cycling rips downloaded from the net, mostly from now defunct blogs.

I found the LP here in Rabat a couple of years ago.  Pretty lucky I was as it is an album well sought after by collectors of sixties instrumentals.

Jacques Denjean is a French composer, arranger and band leader, active in the 1960s and 1970s. 

Two years ago I had posted a rare 25 cm (10”) of his Grand Orchestre de Jazz (see Rarity #10) dating from 1962.  The album I post today was recorded about one year later but could not be more different.  While the 25cm is straight big band jazz, this LP is typical sixties pop soul instrumentals.  Denjean – who was a pianist/organist – had listened to the American instrumental soul combos such as Booker T & the MGS and the Mar Keys.

Soul rock rhythms, groovy organs, a bit of percussion à la Mongo Santamaria (Watermelon Man), funky horns arrangements, all that played by seasoned jazz players and – so sixties! – the occasional wordless vocals.  Very enjoyable, a must for any retro party!
Two of the tracks were used as theme songs for French Radio programmes in 1963 («La Route» on France Inter and « Dans le vent» on Europe 1).

At the same period, the Belgian Radio was using tracks by Andre Brasseur who had his own organ combo.

As "The Tough touch" outside of France
With thanks to the original ripper.

The fisrt four tracks were release as a 45 rpm EP, highly collectable also.

Monday, August 19, 2013


LP CADENCE,  CJR 1013  - USA, 1982

Thanks to Arkadin, I am pleased to present the second live opus featuring Mr Brodie for Cadence Records, with the added bonus of J.R. Montrose, a solid saxophonist that tends to be somewhat overlooked (as his Hugh Brodie).

Here is some solid no nonsense be bop jamming!

Too good to be left in the comments, this LP deserves a post of its own.

Track list
A1: Blue Bossa
A2: Kiamesha
B1: Green Dolphin Street
B2: What's New

J.R. Montrose : tenor & soprano
Hugh Brodie: tenor
Larry Ham: piano
Pat O'Leary: bass
Tom Melito: drums

See the comments under the previous post and say cheers to our man Arkadin!

Sunday, August 18, 2013


Live And Cooking At The Wild Oat

An early 80's live recording from be-bop saxophonist Hugh Brodie.   Live and Cooking is the title of this LP and that’s really what it’s all about.  100% high octane hard bop!

The backing band is an upstate New York blues quintet called Impulse.  They may have been a blues quintet but they do have real jazz chops.

Five original tunes and an improvised version of Sonny Stitt's "Bud's Blues".  .

This LP has not been re-issued on CD but if you dig the music, I recommend you pay a visit to Hugh Brodie’s website and get his latest CDs.

Hugh Brodie - Tenor Sax, Vocals

Russ Scotti - Flute, Alto Sax
Jay Friedman - Trumpet
Larry Ham - Piano
Pat O' Leary - Bass
Ed Ornowski - Drums

A1. Falling Dreams
A2. Bud's Blues
A3. Dot
B1. Choo Choo Charlie
B2. El . Toro
B3 Dot

Rip from original LP. Some surface noise at the end of track A2 .  Did not want to split B2 and B3 as one is the continuation of the other.

Saturday, August 17, 2013



The "Jazz season" will quick off with the Orchestre Symphonique Royal touring the country with its current jazz repertoire.  Great big band, highly recommended!

A l’occasion de la commémoration du 50ème anniversaire de la fête de la Jeunesse, l'Orchestre Symphoniue Royal organise une tournée dans plusieurs villes du Royaume avec un concert de jazz exceptionnel.

-Dimanche 18 Août à Meknès à 22 heures (place Lhdim).
-Mardi 20 Août à Tanger à 22 heures   (corniche).
-Mercredi 21 Août à M'diq à 22 heures 30 (place de la préfecture).
-Jeudi 22 Août à Tétouan à 22 heures (amphithéâtre en plein air près de Banque Al Maghrib/ Blvd du 09 Avril)
-Samedi 24 Août à El Jadida à 22 heures.
-Lundi 26 Août à Casablanca à 22 heures  (scène El Ank).
-Mardi 27 Août à Rabat à 22 heures  (place de la poste).

From September 11 to 15, we’ll have JAZZ au CHELLAH in Rabat'
Check the programme on the festival's website or on Facebook.

The ‘Jazz au Chellah’ Festival, a platform of European Jazz and Moroccan music, is back from 11 to 15 September 2013 at the beautiful site of the Chellah in Rabat. For this 18th edition, the audience is invited to discover 10 jazz groups from 14 European countries. Five of them will perform with Moroccan artists in an exceptional programme in which women are at the forefront. (source: EuroMedCooperation)

And then the TANJAZZ FESTIVAL in Tangiers from September 18 to September 22 which will be looking East 

A look to the East
 For its 14th edition TANJAzz welcomes new institutional partners : Netherlands, Austria and the Czech Republic.
This occurred  just when we decided to dedicate all the Friday concerts to the theme “TANJAzz goes East”.
Jazz from Bulgaria, Egypt, Tunisia, Music from the Balkans, Gipsy jazz, Klezmer... following the discovery of Moroccan Jazzmen new surprises await you with as usual music for dancers and jazz to listen (source: TanJazz Website)

Check also the website of the Bistrot du Pietri (Rabat) for the programme of the concerts and weekly sessions.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Little blues and nothing revolutionnary

The Revolutionary Blues Band 

LP Coral (US, 1970)

It’s summer time, very hot here in Morocco, so I’ll go for the least effort solution.  Posting albums that I own in my collection but re-using rips collected from the net over the years.   Too hot for new rips, and anyway I’m 3000 km from my vinyl collection.  So I’ll cheat.

This one was another discount bin perennial.  I must confess that my friends and I were somewhat disappointed when we first heard it (in the early seventies).  My friend Dédé had bought it (Place du Jeu de Balle, probably) because of Tom Scott playing on it.  We all had bought a copy of Rural StillLife (on Impulse) and we were hoping for something similar. It wasn't. By the way, Rural Still Life remains my all time favourite Tom Scott album.

Then the band had “blues band” in its moniker and in terms of blues we were into Butterfield Blues Band, Dirty Blues Band ... and here was the name of Rod Piazza, of Dirty Blues Band / Bacon Fat fame. Second disappointment, the band did not sound at all like any of those blues bands. 

I never understood at what type of audience such an album was aimed.  Not the blues fan, not the rock fan, not the straight jazz fan ...  The album was produced by Bob Thiele and is very much in the line of some instrumental MOR albums on Flying Dutchman.  It’s gently soul jazzy / funky. It's not smooth jazz yet but, with hindsight, one could see the direction Scott was heading to.

David Bennett Cohen (of Country Joe & the Fish fame, remember "Section 43"?) was on piano (and perhaps guitar also).
David Cohen (source: his website)
Soul Blues stalwart Arthur Adams (Crusaders, Jimmy Smith ...) plays the funky guitar.  No idea about the bass and drums.
Arthur Adams (Source:BlindPig Records)

Arrangements are by Gene Page (Love Unlimited, Philly Sound).  All tracks are instrumentals but one "That's The Truth Baby" featuring vocalist Lightnin Red Jones (no idea who that bloke could be).

I had not listened to this album for ages until Red Telephone66 posted it a few years back (that's where this rip comes from).  It’s not half as bad as I thought.    If you like late 60s  jazzy bluesy instrumentals in the vein of Monk Higgins, Freddie Robinson, Phil Upchurch  ... you’ll probably enjoy this album.  Last year my friend Dédé gave me his copy (and a few other LPs) and I'm quite happy to have it in my collection.  Thanks mate!

Track Order:
01.       Juicy
02.       Milkman, Milkman Leave Me Some Cream Today
03.       Lanoola Goes Limp
04.       That's The Truth Baby
05.       Have A Little Bit More
06.       Take Me Back To Tennessee
07.       Cutting The Mustard
08.       Ring My Chimes
09        Funky Lady
10.       Dirty Town Blues

Never re-issued on CD.  Thanks to whoever put the cover photos on Discogs.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013


LP Coral ‎– COPS 2162  (Germany)

This album has been in my collection for some 40 years.  A discount bin classic, very typical of the eclectic variety of records one could find in discount bins in the early 70s.  Jugband music had never been especially commercial apart perhaps for a short time in the late twenties / early thirties (Hokum as it was called then).  There had been some attempts at revival during the Sixties “Washington Square” folk boom, with aggregations such as Jim Kweskin Jug Band, the Even Dozen Jug Band and the Holy Modal Rounders and even in UK during the blues boom (Panama Ltd Jugband …).  The Great Metropolitan Steam Band is pretty much in the same vein, they only came five years too late and (probably) from Boston area.

The Great Metropolitan Steam Band appears to be a few years late on a couple musical fads, both for its freaky cover art and the old-timey risque jazz/blues music contained within. This is a faithful and well-executed example of the genre, though, despite using what sounds like an electric bass rather than a stand-up.
This LP is often listed as “psychedelic” because of its artwork (and to try to cash on the vogue of psych’ records among collectors).  There is absolutely no hint of psychedelia or even rock music, just good old unadulterated jug band blues / hokum.

The album was released on DECCA in UK and MCA in USA.

The Great Metropolitan Steam Band: Decca Recording Artists. Ca. 1968-69.
l to r : Rocky Rockwood, Elliot (rhymes with Lenin) Kenin, Bonnie Bagley, Peter (Sy) Simmonds.
There is no indication of the participating musicians.  Some researches on the Net yielded results.  It seems the band was made of:
Bonnie Bagley, a fairly impressive singer in the Ethel Merman's excentric vocal tradition. But it works well!    She  worked with various old style / trad  jazz bands over the years (New Black Eagle JazzBand ). Think of an American Ottilie Patterson.
Rocky Rockwood on guitar, mandolin & harmonica
Eliot Kenin (banjo) – also listed as producer
Peter (Sy) Simmonds (bass ?)
Guests were apparently Gary B. White, Paul Geremia and Frank Wakefield.
Geremia is a pretty well-known guitarist & singer with a LONG recorded history, including a very rare LP from the late 1960s on Sire/London.  Frank Wakefield is a renowned bluegrass performer who was associated with the Old And In The Way family (Jerry Garcia & all).

01.       Blues Ain't Nothin'
02.       Keep Your Hands Off Her
03.       Doctor Jazz
04.       Cocaine Blues
05.       Spare Change Rag
06.       It's Tight Like That
07.       I Want A Big Butter And Egg Man
08        Jackass Blues
09.       How Sweet I Roamed From Field To Field
10        Cold In Hand
11.       Basin Street Blues

The track “How Sweet I Roamed From Field To Field” is actually a poem by William Blake and was recorded by the Fugs on their first album in a mock-bluegrass arrangement.
Song: How sweet I roam'd from field to field
How sweet I roam'd from field to field,
And tasted all the summer's pride,
'Till I the prince of love beheld,
Who in the sunny beams did glide!

He shew'd me lilies for my hair,
And blushing roses for my brow;
He led me through his gardens fair,
Where all his golden pleasures grow.

With sweet May dews my wings were wet,
And Phoebus fir'd my vocal rage;
He caught me in his silken net,
And shut me in his golden cage.

He loves to sit and hear me sing,
Then, laughing, sports and plays with me;
Then stretches out my golden wing,
And mocks my loss of liberty.

Here we are with an obscure and forgotten jugband album with links to William Blake, the Grateful Dead / Jerry Garcia extended family (Old & in the Way) and the Fugs.

The rip is not mine, it comes from an old post on Red Telephone 66.  It’s 192 k.  If you want a better sound quality, check Eliot Kenin. (but the info dates from 2010).   I hope he won’t mind me posting this (low bitrate) rip.  I certainly don’t want to rip off the old guy.

Monday, August 12, 2013


Rediffusion LP – RIM ZS 26 (UK, 1969/70?)

A bit of an obscurity this one! No details on the sleeve and little information on the net.

Denys Justin Wright (6 May 1924 – 8 February 1992), better known as Denny Wright, was a jazz and skiffle guitarist who performed with Stephane Grappelli, Lonnie Donegan, Johnny Duncan (bluegrass musician), Digby Fairweather, Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Eckstine, Fapy Lafertin and many other musicians, including young rising stars such as Bireli Lagrene and Nigel Kennedy (Wikipedia).

Denny Wright's free-flowing improvisational style came to the forefront through his work with Lonnie Donegan in the 1950s. Wright was a pioneer in establishing a fresh lead guitar style in the context of the folk and blues roots from which Donegan drew his song repertoire. Drawing upon and transcending the jazz blues elements in his own background, and the vital influence of Django Reinhardt, Wright produced constantly innovative lead breaks and solos for Donegan's live work and recordings on both acoustic archtop and electric guitar.

In the 1960s, in addition to a great deal of session work providing backing for many top artists including Mary Hopkin and Tom Jones, Denny was working with his friend Keith Cooper to keep the jazz flag flying; Tribute To The Hot Club by the Cooper-Wright Quintet [Rediffusion] is a wonderful example of their work together. (id.)
I guess the violinist is Johnny van Derrick.   That makes three names but who are the two remaining ones (a bass player and, I assume, a rhythm guitar?). 

In the comments, Zoot suggests,  Ike Isaacs as third guitar player and Len Skeat on double bass, by association.   I had suggested Diz Disley (gtr) and Coleridge Goode (bass) but it was just an educated guess.  Will we ever know?

The record had not been reviewd in Jazz Journal (Zoot) and is not even listed in Walter Bruyninckx extensive discography (Paul D.). 

I found my copy in a small shop in Schaerbeek (Brussels) some 15 years ago.  Not exactly a mint copy, it was in pretty bad shape.  It costed 50 FB (less than 1 £), I took a chance. Therefore don't expect CD quality.  It's in WAV so perhaps someone among you,with some time to spare and patient enough, may wish to give a try at cleaning it better. 

Denny Wright (source: )
A1.  After You've Gone
A2. Miss Annabelle Lee
A3. Just a Little Love a Little Kiss
A4. Daphne
A5. Nagazaki
A6. HCQ Strut

B1. Sweet Georgia Brown
B2. Shine
B3. Body & Soul
B4. Nuages
B5. Limehouse Blues
B6. Running Wild
Johnny van Derrick (source:web)
Excellent article on UK Jazz Guitar pioneers HERE