In memory of Johnny Peret

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

Saturday, January 11, 2014


JUAN DOCANTEZ y sus companeros
25 cm Fiesta Records 10010      Belgium, c. 1953-54

Juan Docantez is an alias for Belgian guitarist Jean Douchamps.  
Douchamps(1915-1976) had a prolific career recording swing jazz, hawaian novelties, proto-rock and roll novelty, exotica, and anything in between.  He was quick to spot a trend:  When he spotted that South American / brasilian rhythms were the next big thing (following the success of Brasilan movie O Cangaceiro in 1953-54), he didn’t hesitate to reinvent himself and his band as Juan Docantez y sus companeros (in a previous incarnation they were Hawaians ...).   He was among the first ones in Belgium to record “proto-rock and roll” (Crazy man, crazy – 1953)  The fashion was to "englicize" names:  Jean Douchamps and band became … John Sweetfield & his Petrolians!

Four tracks, four medley

Side 1
A1:  Tropical – O cangaceiro – la Fete des Fleurs – Somebody had stole the wedding bells
A2:  Baiao cacula – Brasileirinho – Pourquoi la Casbah a brulé
Side 2
B1 : Sway – Comedie – El negro zumbon – Delicado
B2: Uska Dara –Rio de Janeiro – Caceres – Signal Samba

Musicians : Jean Douchamps (leader, guitar)
no info on the others. Not listed in the Belgian Jazz Discography (outside the scope of the work).
Probably: Georges Clais (tp), Frans L’Eglise (as, fl?), Emile Chantrain (ts), Marcel Picavet or Gus Decock (piano), Jean Warland (bass), Jeff Deboeck or Jo Demuynck (drums) ... just on educated guess based on the composition of the Petrolians in 1953.

Yes it is the same Jean Warland who played with the Clarke-Boland big band, Peter Herbolzheimer Brass Combination & Rhythm and on countless MPS albums.

P.S : another pioneer of proto-rock n roll in Belgium was guitarist Freddy Sunder who recorded a series of great boogie in 53-54 on Ronnex records, sounding pretty close to American hillbilly boogie.  



  2. Thanks a lot !
    (nothing to do with this, but how can I give you my links for "Orchester Erwin lehn" MPS but japanese edition ?)

  3. Bonjour Bhowani,
    j'ai activé la fonction de moderation des commentaires donc je vais voir le commentaire avant qu'il n'apparaisse sur le blog. Tu peux donc envoyer sans probleme le lien en commentaire, il ne sera pas publié (sauf si tu le souhaites). Merci d'avance.

  4. Parfait ! voici donc les liens qui sont destinés à être partagés. Je ne voulais pas rater l'occasion de te remercier de cette très modeste manière pour toutes les merveilles que j'ai pu trouver ici.
    (flac scans complets 300 dpi). Ah oui ! C'est Onxidlib qui m'a prévenu sur BBC.

    1. Merci Bhowani.
      By the way, es-tu Mauricien?

  5. very interesting many thanks

  6. euh, non, de Paname, un vrai titi parisien, mais 12 ans à Calcutta d'où ce Bhowani avatar de Kali