In memory of Johnny Peret

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

Monday, October 28, 2013


Gold Records LP 11098    Switzerland, 1979

It’s always a pleasurable experience to rediscover an album one hadn’t listened to for a good while. Here is another testimony to the excellence of European Radio Big Bands in the Seventies.  There was a time when every radio and television station – often Government owned – had its own big band / jazz orchestra.  It used to provide steady job for professional musicians, European and often a few American expats. Practice makes perfect.  These guys were so good because they were gifted players who played all the time.  They did a lot of studio work and television work, commercial stuff mostly, but when they got a chance to play straight jazz, they really let go.

Great solists (Dusko Gojkovic, Lennart Axelsson, Fernand Fantini, Victor Burghardt, Raymond Droz, Thomas Moeckel, Peter Jacques …), excellent arrangements, a lot of swing and obvious pleasure of playing.

A word about the rip: it is not mine, I downloaded it over three years ago but I can’t remember where from.  Probably one of the many excellent jazzblogs that were in full bloom a few years ago but have since disappeared from the blogsphere.  A blog is ephemeral by nature. 
Many thanks to the original ripper who did an excellent job in cleaning the record (and excellent scan too). Hope you won’t mind me re-posting it, the music certainly deserve the exposure.

I did a search on Google and couldn’t find any trace of the album.  I do not think it has ever been re-issued on CD.

DRS Big Band directed by Peter Jacques - feat. Dusko Gojkovic
See the sleeve note for the detail of the musicians.

A.1.     Paper Dragon
A.2.     Hobo Flats

B.1.     Be Bop
B.2.     Easy
B.3.     Mama Lou

Recorded in various locations between 1977 and 1979 (details on the cover).

Since we’re on the topic of Swiss Jazz, I recommend the LP Maiden Switzerland by the Barone-Burghardt Orchestra (feat. Sal Nistico, Alan Skidmore and Pierre Cavali a.o.).  It used to be available in the blogsphere.  If you can’t find it, let me know, I’ll re-post it.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013


FIVE CATS BLUES  (France, 1967)
Original issue: LP PRESIDENT (1967)
Reissued as SOUND HILLS - SSCD-8136  (CD, 2006)

Here is the second album by the Martinique-born pianist, recorded in 1967.  Although it was recorded after BLUE SUNSET (which dates from 65), I’m not sure whether if was released after or before BLUE SUNSET (my copy of the Blue Sunset LP on Disques Debs is dated 1969)

For a complete discography of Michel Sardaby, check here.    

In an interview (here) Michel Sardaby explained that this Live recording was sent to President as a demo but the President Director decided to issue it as it is.  With hindsight, I daresay it was the right decision!  What would have been the point in re-recording this already excellent set?




Recorded on October,1967 at the Americal Culturel Center in Saint Germain-Des-Pres

With thanks to Paul D for the rip of this OOP CD.

Friday, October 18, 2013


I just discovered these footages from various concerts recorded by the Belgian Flemish Television (VRT) @ Middelheim Jazz Festival during the seventies.

It's a unique opportunity to see rare live footage of, a.o.:

Palle Mikkelborg Quintet (1972)  Palle Mikkel Borg (trumpet), Etienne Verschueren (alto sax), Philip Catherine (guitar), Bob Porter (vibraphone, piano), Nick Kletchkovsky (bass), Freddy Rottier (drums) 

Scott Bradford (organ), John Surman (sax, flute), Malcolm Griffiths (trombone), Jiggs Whigham (trombone), Marc Moulin (keyboards), Wando Lam (guitar), Günther Lenz (bass), Freddie Deronde (bass), Stu Martin (drums)

NUCLEUS (1972)  Alan Jackson (drums), Roy Babbington (bass), Dave McRae (keyboard), Ian Carr (trumpet, flute), Brian Smith (soprano)

Max Roach M’BOOM (1973)
Percussion ensemble led by Max Roach also with Roy Brooks, Omar Clay, Joe Chambers, Warren Smith, Freddie Waits, and Ray Mantilla.

 Sonny Rollins  (1973)

Also footages of Dave Pike Set, Jeanne Lee with Gunther Hampel , Fred Van Hove and many others.

I was there for M'Boom, Rollins and Fred Van Hove. Just another long-haired bloke somewhere in the audience (there were a lot of long-haired blokes in the audience in the early seventies).  I saw Nucleus too but I can't remember if it was in Antwerp or somewhere else.

Dank u wel VRT!

Thursday, October 17, 2013




25 CM VOGUE – LD 144     (FRANCE, 1953)

This is the 50th installment in the Rarity Series already.  As the name of the series implies, it is dedicated to rare and often obscure 45 rpm and 25cm, mostly European Jazz  although there have been a few exceptions (e.g. the French EPs of Mickey Baker and Tony Milton, rare but more rock/soul than jazz).  The series would never have reached #50 without the contributions of Paul D. and onxidlib and a few other occasional collaborators.  Viele dank, Merci Beaucoup, Thanks a Lot & Dank U Wel to all of them.  

This 50th installment comes from the vault of Paul D.  It is ripped from the original French Vogue 10 inch. 33 1/3 RPM. Paul was adamant that it had never been re-issued but in fact there has been a Japanese facsimile in 1998.  The re-issue was fairly confidential and has been long OOP so I have no second-thought about posting a rip.  It's 60 years old..

The music sounds very West Coast.  Should we call it German Cool?  And if you think it's an oxymoron, just give it a listen!

Tenor Saxophone – Hans Koller
Trombone – Albert Mangelsdorf*
Piano – Jutta Hipp
Bass – "Shorty" Roeder*
Drums – Karl Sanner

A1       The Way You Look Tonight
A2       You Go To My Head
A3       Flamingo
A4       Four Roses In An Iceblock
B1       UnTer Den Linden
B2       All The Things You Are
B3       What's New
B4       Indian Summer

Recorded May, 1953

In cooperation with Horst Lippmann of Deutsche Jazz Federation

NEW LINK (August 2017)

Friday, October 11, 2013


Lucho Records ‎– 7715-2  (CD)    NL, 1994.

There was a request for this album in the comments of the Fra Fra Big Band post.  Here it is!

Although not as well known in the United States as they are in parts of Western Europe, Fra Fra Sound is a Dutch jazz institution and has been active in the Netherlands since the early '80s. Fra Fra has also recorded as the Fra Fra Big Band, which is essentially Fra Fra Sound with more musicians and an expanded, more elaborate lineup. But whether they're calling themselves Fra Fra Sound or the Fra Fra Big Band, the Amsterdam-based outfit has a reputation for being adventurous, unpredictable, and risk-taking. Fra Fra's specialty is a blend of jazz and world music -- especially African, Caribbean, and Latin music. And when it comes to jazz influences, the band is all over the place. They've been influenced by hard bop; some of their arrangements recall Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers' classic Blue Note recordings of the '50s and '60s. But post-bop, modal jazz, fusion and jazz-funk have affected them as well; Fra Fra also brings to mind everyone from John Coltrane, Horace Silver, McCoy Tyner, and Abdullah Ibrahim (aka Dollar Brand), to Weather Report, Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, and Spyro Gyra. Because of the Caribbean influences, Sonny Rollins (who is famous for combining hard bop and calypso) is another obvious comparison. And whatever type of jazz they're being influenced by -- be it hard bop, modal post-bop, fusion or soul-jazz -- Fra Fra Sound and the Fra Fra Big Band always bring some type of world music influence to their albums (many of which have been easier to find in Western Europe than in North America).

Fra Fra Sound was founded by bassist/producer Vincent Henar in Amsterdam in 1980, and he has been their leader ever since. Henar got the name Fra Fra from the Surinamese language, which is spoken in the South American country of Suriname (formerly known as Dutch Guyana). The term has different meanings in that language; it can refer to a hybrid (which is exactly what Fra Fra Sound's music has been), or it can mean strange, mysterious, unorthodox, or unusual. Along the way, Fra Fra Sound has had different lineups; in 2003, Henar was leading a seven-person lineup that also included Michael Simon on trumpet and flugelhorn, Efraim Trujillo on tenor sax, Andro Biswane on guitar, Robin VanGeerke on piano, Guno Kramer on drums, and Calo Ulrichi Hoop on percussion. 

Fra Fra started recording in the '80s; their first album, Panja Gazz + 4, came out in the Netherlands in 1987, and they went on to put out Third Life Stream in 1990, Kalinha's Serenade in 1993, Worship Mother Earth in 1994, Global Village Residents in 1996, Kaseko Revisited: Kotabra in 1997, Mali Jazz in 1999, and Kultiplex in 2003 (the year that marked the band's 23rd anniversary). All of those albums were Fra Fra Sound projects; their releases as the larger Fra Fra Big Band have included A Tan So in 1993 and Maspoti Makandra in 1997. (Alex Anderson – AMG)

Bass, Lead Vocals – Vincent Henar
Congas, Percussion, Bells, Timbales, Djembe – Carlo Ulrichi
Drums – Guno Kramer
Guitar – Sterling Peterson
Piano, Keyboards – Robin Van Geerke
Saxophone – Efraim Trujillo*
Trumpet – Michael Varekamp

1          Ken Bo Ta      4:40
2          One For All    5:07
3          Sebie Jarie      7:00
4          Blakawatra     6:05
5          Langadang      5:15
6          Little Giant     9:28
7          Poem For Rosa           7:04
8          Worship Mother Earth           13:12
9          Fruits From The Kasbah        8:58

There is a great live version of Worship Mother Earth on YouTube, recorded at the Ouagadougou Jazz Festival.

Thursday, October 3, 2013


Recorded April 7, 1967 at Städtisches Bühnenhaus, Wesel, Germany - radio transcription

I can’t wait to post this new contribution from Onxidlib.  Got it this morning and here it is, on the blog!

The accurately named Kurt Edelhagen All Stars Band

Kurt Edelhagen orchestra at his peak with a fantastic line up: Shake Keane, Wilton Gaynair, Leo Wright, Derek Humble just to name a few ...... I wish I could travel back in time and see these guys live!


Track 1 - 13 + 15 - 19
Kurt Edelhagen, conductor
Ellsworth "Shake" Keane, trumpet, fluegelhorn 

Horst Fischer, trumpet
Hanne Wilfert, trumpet
Rick Kiefer, trumpet
Otto Bredl, trombone
Oliver "Jiggs" Whigham, trombone
Manfred Gätjens, trombone
Helmut "Nick" Hauck, bass trombone
Heinz Kretzschmar, soprano & alto saxophone
Derek Humble, , alto saxophone
Leo Wright, alto saxophone, flute
Wilton Gaynair, tenor saxophone
Kurt "Bubi" Aderhold , baritone saxophone, flute
Bora Rokovic , piano
Peter Trunk, bass
Dai Bowen, drums

Peter Trunk -

Beb Guerin

Only track 14:
Rolf Kühn, clarinet
Joachim Kühn, piano
Beb Guérin, bass
Aldo Romano, drums

Dietrich Schulz-Köhn, announcer

01. Introduction (Edelhagen)                             00:37
02. Theme (K. Edelhagen)                             00:51
03. Introduction (Edelhagen + Dietrich Schulz-Köhn)     02:48
04. Avalon (B.G. DeSylva-A. Jolson-V. Rose)             02:46
05. Tippin' In (K. Edelhagen)                             04:38
06. Introduction (Dietrich Schulz-Köhn)             02:29
07. Raga Gaud Saranga (J. Mayer)                     05:15
08. I Want to Be Happy (V. Youmans-I. Caesar)             04:52
09. Introduction (Dietrich Schulz-Köhn)             01:57
10. Gensel's Message (L. Wright)                     07:20
11. Midnight in Berlin (L. Wright)                     03:12
12. The Wiggler (K. Edelhagen)                             07:01
13. Introduction (Dietrich Schulz-Köhn)             04:08
14. Highlights (K. Edelhagen)                             06:30
15. Introduction (Dietrich Schulz-Köhn)             02:32
16. Emancipation Blues (O. Nelson)                     07:24
17. Introduction (Dietrich Schulz-Köhn)             00:25
18. This Could Be the Start of Something Big (S. Allen) 05:57
19. Theme (K. Edelhagen)                             01:05

Recorded April 7, 1967 at Städtisches Bühnenhaus, Wesel, Germany.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013



LP Radio Canada RCI 304 – 1969

A jazz pianist with a long career going back to the late 50’s, Joe Sealy is unjustly little known outside of Canada.  Still active today, his early influences were Oscar Peterson of course (they’re both Canadians and Sealy studied piano with Peterson’s sister), and Horace Silver.

Two bluesy originals by Mr Sealy in a style reminiscent of Ray Bryant, Junior Mance, Ramsey Lewis …, some classic soul jazz tracks (Silver’s Song for my Father, Burell’s Chilli con carne, Ode to Billy Joe …) and a few standards make it a well-balanced and enjoyable album.

These Transcription LPs were sent by RCI to radio stations in several countries with which – I assume - Canada had cooperation agreements.  My copy comes from the Comoros Islands!

Side A
 For all we know
Soft Winds
Golden Earrings

Side B
Song for my father
Spring is here
 For once in my life
Early Morning Blues
 Ode To Billy Joe

James Sadler – bass
Tim Cahoon - drums

(from the Web)
Rip from the original LP (sorry for the small pop on “Song for My Father”, it was too late when I noticed, I had left Brussels – and my records - already)