In memory of Johnny Peret

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

Monday, March 31, 2014


45 rpm EP OMEGA (Dutch band, Belgium label, 1959)

Fellow blogger Peer57 who runs the Dutch Jazz (private) blog has shared some records with us.  If you are a visitor to his blog(s), you probably know these records already.  If not, enjoy them here while they last.  We’ll start with a fairly rare and collectible EP recorded in Brussels, in 1959, by one of the better-known groups of Dutch Boppers, the Diamond Five.  Great music!

Pianist Cees Slinger was the frontman of the famous Dutch harbop-quintet "Diamond Five". They used the Amsterdam jazzclub "Sheherazade" as their base, and played there night after night.

Side A :            Diamondate
Side B:             Alone together

Trumpet– Cees Smal
Tenor Saxophone– Harry Verbeke
Piano, leader– Cees Slinger
Bass– Jacques Schols
Drums– John Engels

Recorded in Brussels, sept. 1959

UPDATED LINK (18/07/17) 

P.S.: I have reposted the Guidelines 4tet feat Kaz Lux  (see post "Going Dutch" - March 9, 2013)

Sunday, March 23, 2014


METRONOME MEP 353 (EP)   - Sweden, 1956

For some time now, Onxidlib has been the main purveyor of rare EP in the Rarity Series.  He still has a few surprises for us.  Here is his latest contribution, that will rejoice fans of Scandinavian jazz: a fairly rare EP by the HACKE BJÖRKSTEN / ÅKE PERSSON QUINTET, recorded in 1956.

I assume these tracks have been re-issued on LP and/or CD , I still have to check the discographies. 

Gunnar "Hacke" Björksten, tenor saxophone
Åke Persson, trombone
Jan Johansson, piano
Bengt Carlsson, bass
Svante Thuresson, drums

A1. Song Of The Volga Boatmen 2:36
A2. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore 3:54
B1. Tubeless Tires 3:23
B2. Number Six 2:33

Recorded March 8 + 9, 1956 at Metronome Studio, Stockholm.


Saturday, March 22, 2014



Crossborder collaboration, that's what blogging is all about!  I made a new rip of Babs Robert & Love Planet and sent it to onxidlib who cleaned and declicked it (a time-consuming and laborius task).
It is a significant improvement on the previous rips posted here (the first one was especially dreadful, I was learning).
Eternal gratitude to you, Onxidlib!

See comments.

Over 3 years ago I wrote:  Will someone eventually take the initative to re-issuing this little gem?  Now is the right time as there is a growing demand among collectors ... and the price for an original puts it out of reach of the average collector.  I hope someone at Heavenly Sweetness (or any other specialized label) read this message.

Well , apparently, someone did hear the request.  The album is now available in CD format from JUNO records (UK):

Since it is available, I won't repost the rip.  

Monday, March 17, 2014


LP Telefunken (Germany) / Pausa (USA)
Germany (1977)

Another forgotten piece of top-notch Eurojazz. Even if the leader is American - as is the drummer - the result has a definite European feel.   

American trombonist Jiggs Whigham had a long and fruitful career as a jazzman, arranger, band leader and educator in Europe since the mid-sixties. During the seventies he played regularly in Belgium, often appearing as guest soloist with the BRT radio orchestra and playing the local clubs (Pol's in Brussels) and festivals (Middelheim in Antwerp).

HOPE is one of my favortie Wigham's albums.   I do not think it has ever been re-issued on CD.

Just look at the caliber of the guys in the band ... need I say more?  La Creme de la creme!

Trombone, Percussion, Producer, Arranger – Jiggs Whigham
Saxophone, Flute – Ferdinand Povel
Piano, Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes] – Rob Franken
Bass – Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen
Drums – Grady Tate

A1                   Bodge  3:36
A2                   The Healer       6:00
A3                   Hope    4:57
A4                   Absolutely Knot           5:50
B1                   Owa Tagu Siam (Oh What A Goose I Am)       4:46
B2                   Sunflower Chant          6:48
B3                   Chant   4:48
B4                   Going Home    2:35

Original LP rip.  WAV.


Monday, March 10, 2014




featuring: Rolf Roemer – tenor sax, flute / Klaus Osterloh – flugelhorn / Francis Coppieters: piano & percussion /  Jean Warland: bass / Klaus Weiss: drums / Koenraad Ellegiers: violin / Gustav Kedves: French Horn

LP Intersound                                  GERMANY, 1986

If you’re into the MPS / Eurojazz sound, the names of Francis Coppieters and Jean Warland should not be totally unknown to you.  Both are Belgians who made a career working in the German studios and big radio bands.  You’ve probably seen their names credited on several MPS / SABA albums.

Jean Warland is probably the better known of the two due to his participation in the Clarke-Boland Big Band and Peter Herbolzheimer Brass & Rhythm Combination, among many other sessions.

Francis Coppieters‘ career goes back to the mid-forties in Belgium.  In 1949 he became a member of the Hazy Osterwald Orchestra, then of the Kurt Edelhagen Big Band and finally became a studio musician for MPS.
Although they both recorded prolifically as sidemen, they did not record much as leaders which may explain why they remain largely unknown outside a small circle of collectors and aficionados. 

Francis Coppieters is highly regarded among Libray music collectors for his album “Piano Viberations” (1975) issued on the KPM Music Library label.  It features Claudio Szenkar (b),  Jean Warland (bass) and Charly Antolini (drs) - according to Pernet's discography. The names of Fats Sadi (vibes), Roger Vanhaverbeke (bass) and Freddy Rottier (drs) were mentioned also but it does not appear they took part in this session. 

According to the discographies there is another library album by CoppietersKTS-5 (Koln, 1980)  with an astounding lineup: the van Rooyen brothers, Jon Eardley, Otto Bredl, Peter Herbolzheimer, Wilton Gaynar, Karlheinz Wiberny ... just to name a few – but I’ve never heard or even seen it.

Colours in Jazz recorded in 1986 is a jazz / library jazz /soul jazz album.
If you like the music of Charlie Antolini and Roland Kovac, you’ll like this album.  Groovy  with a typical European feel!  Don’t miss it. I don’t think it has ever been posted elsewhere in the blogworld.

A1                   Mobile            3:03
A2                   Blue Magic     5:22
A3                   Shuffle Bubble           4:52
A4                   Blue Greens    4:14
A5                   Aquarelle        4:40
B1                   Voyage           3:22
B2                   Aroma 3:36
B3                   Sir Francis Drums      3:28
B4                   Easy Going     4:25
B5                   Ritmo Pizzicato         4:45

Flugelhorn – Klaus Osterloh
Tenor Saxophone, Flute – Rolf Röhmer
Piano, Percussion, Composed By, Arranged By – Francis Coppieters
Bass – Jean Warland
Drums – Klaus Weiss
French Horn – Gustav Kedves
Violin – Koenraad Ellegiers

Francis Coppieters


Recorded March 1986 at Cornet Sudio, Cologne

(n.b.: scans of  sleeve sourced from Discogs).    


PS: I have re-posted Fats Sadi Combo (Rarity #11)

Sunday, March 2, 2014


It feels like Spring! Beautiful day for a little stroll to flea markets
Here 's what I 've found this week end:

Jazz auf Amiga vol.4 and 5
The Historic Donaueschingen Jazz Concert 1957 (MPS)
Dee Daniels with the Montry Alexander Trio (rare album on small Belgian label)
Max Greger Sunshine / Starshine (Polydor) ... for the funky track Soul House and a few other ones.  One of his better albums.
Monty Alexander Trio - Full Steam Ahead (with a version of the Stones' Satisfaction)
Jazz & Hot Dance in South Africa ... SA Jump Blues!
Chris Barber Jazz & Blues Band -Sideways : weird combination of trad, soul jazz and british prog/ jazz rock.  Great drumming by Pete York (ex-Spencer Davis Group / Hardin & York)
Memphis Slim - Clap Your Hands (1964) ... pure French Mod sound with Mickey Baker, Jacques Denjean on organ, french jazzers (Gerard Badini ...) 

Average price: € 5!