In memory of Johnny Peret

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

Sunday, December 29, 2013

BIG SOUND FROM BELGIUM

BIG BAND SOUND
Conducted by Freddy Couché
LP INTERDISC 10.024          BELGIUM, 1980

This LP will be a pleasant surprise to many.  An obscure but very competent modern big band from Wetteren, a small town in Flanders, recorded in 1980.  It is by no way an “amateur” big band.  All the members are professional musicians active mostly in the classical field (and occasionally in studios).  Some belong to Belgium’s most prestigious classical orchestras.  A few are bona fide jazzmen, Edmond Harnie, MarcGodfroid, Rony Verbiest … but they all share a passion for big band jazz.  The band was founded by saxophonist and arranger Freddy Couché in 1976.  They gave several concerts in the Benelux.  In 1978 the band won the first prize at the Big Band Festival 1978 of the Dutch Television.

This album was recorded in 1980.  A live album was recorded in 1984 but I haven’t seen it or heard it yet (Portrait of a Lady – Big Band Sound Live).


Big Band Sound

Side A
1.      Big Band Sound           F.Beynis-A.Jean
2.      Scott’s Place    S. Nestico
3.      Ironside           Q.Jones
4.      Saxologie         Andre Jean
5.      Clearway          John Dankworth
6.      Splanky           Neal Hefti

Side B
7.      Spaghetti Junction       Art Lester
8.      I remember Bobby       Andre Jean
9.      The Sunshine of my life           S. Wonder
        Just Cool         Andre Jean
      Off-Duty          John Dankworth


Band members:
Saxophones: Frank Commenee, Rony Verbiest, Filip Venneman, Johnatan Olstein, Marcel Wery
Trumpets : Paul Lauwers, Jean Claude Broes, Christian Chuffart, Edmond Harnie, Andre Herpol, Jacques De Kessel
Trombones : Willy Verdievel, Rudy De Wolf, Marc Godfroid, Guide D’haene,
Bass Tuba: Jose Fontaine
Flute: Dick de Caluwe
Oboe: Etienne Baert
Horns : Piet Dombrecht, Jean-Luc Bertel
Rhythms : Jacky Adens (piano) / Freddy Verbeeken (bass) / Marc De Smet (drums) / Jean Vander Schueren (gtr) / Joel Andy (vibes)
Conducted by Freddy Couché


Recorded in St Amandsberg (Belgium), Feb. 1980

7 comments:

  1. http://www.mirrorcreator.com/files/KI6BKLOP/SideA_FLAC.rar_links
    http://www.mirrorcreator.com/files/EC4AIOIC/SideB-FLAC.rar_links

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  2. Great music and great blog, thank You!

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  3. FANTASTIC BIG BAND SESSION !
    MANY MANY THANKS !!!
    D.J. ChinaBlack

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  4. belgian jazz always welcome many thanks

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  5. Thank you as always, boogieman!

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  6. This looks really interesting. thanks!

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  7. Thank you for this album - which I have never heard about.
    Dear Boogieman, wish you a Happy New Year!

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