In memory of Johnny Peret

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

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

This will be my last post ... for a while.

JAN JANKEJE ‎– Zum Trotz feat. B. LAGRENE

LP Jazzpoint Records ‎– 1016 Germany, 1983

 This is not gypsy jazz despite the presence of Birelli Lagrene and a violinist.  It is high-energy contemporary jazz with hard bop and latin jazz influences.  The themes are all original.  Highly recommended!

Piano – Klaus Wagenleiter
Violin, Viola – Matthias Buck
Guitar – Bireli Lagrene (guest)
Bass – Jan Jankeje
Drums – Werner Braun

A1       Doo In Peru     3:58
A2       Zum Trotz       3:00
A3       Mitti    3:53
A4       Rue De Pierre   4:41
A5       Paris     4:14
B1        Berga   3:50
B2        Reinsburgstrasse          3:56
B3        Down In Town 2:27
B4        3rd Type Blues 4:15
B5        Elsa-Marie        3:16

Recorded at Studio Westend Ton, Stuttgart

See updated link in comments (17/07/17)


This will be my last post for quite a while I’m afraid.  I have taken a new long term overseas job which will leave me with little free time for the blog.  Moreover all my LPs will remain in Belgium, I won’t be able to rip anything any longer.

I wish to thank the "old" bloggers who've inspired me (Bacoso, Simon, El Rezah, Ish, Katonah, Arkadin, Inconstant Sol , E-mile, Rodney at BritJazz and many more...), all the contributors, friends and fellow bloggers who have contributed to the success of this blog (onxidlib and Paul D. especially), all the visitors, the regulars who always left a comment … but also the (more numerous) anonymous visitors (about 15 000 every months, sometime even more).

I will continue to visit the blogworld and see how it develops.  If circumstances permit I may revive the blog at a later date, I still have a good number of obscure albums never seen in the blogs to this date.  In a few years, I’ll have much more free time  and, hopefully, improved equipment and skills.

In the meantime, farewell every one, thanks for your support.

Monday, April 7, 2014



This one is pretty obscure.  Swiss vocalist / pianist / composer Christine Schaller recorded in Belgium in 1980 in big band format (with ACT Big Band) on side A and in quartet format on side B.  The quartet features the inspired guitar of the late Paolo Radoni (listen to his superb playing in the title track -"Real Life" or in “Jonction” a.o.). 
This album is also the first featuring the ACT Big band (led by drummer Felix Simtaine)

side 1 + ACT 12 Big Band
1.      Ventura (Pavel Pesta)               3:53
2.      Fidji (C. Schaller)                    4:56
3.      New One (C. Schaller)             4:10
4.      Scoubidou (C. Schaller)           4:55

Christine Schaller: vocal
Richard Rousselet: trumpet, fluegelhorn
Nicolas Fissette: trumpet
Jean-Pol Danhier: trombone
Paul Bourdiaudhy: trombone
Steve Houben: alto sax, flute
Robert Jeanne: soprano and tenor sax
John Ruocco: tenor sax
Henry Solbach: barytone sax
Guy Cabay: vibes
Paolo Radoni: guitar
Charles Loos: piano
Jean-Louis Rassinfosse: double bass
Félix Simtaine: drums

side 2 + TRAVELERS
1.      Foxie (C. Schaller)                               3:49
2.      Morning’s Scrawl (C. Schaller)            2:44
3.      Real Life (Paolo Radoni)                      6:11
4.      Jonction (Paolo Radoni)                       6:32

Christine Schaller: vocal, piano
Paolo Radoni: guitar
Pavel Pesta: bass
Philippe Staehli: drums
Recorded in Brussels (May 1980).

(...) Le travail de Christine Schaller s'inscrit dans une esthétique moderne, swinguante, et tend vers des audaces plus contemporaines quand la chanteuse improvise en scat. Celui-ci se caractérise par des passages sans transition dans les différents registres de la voix et s'avère du même coup assez original. La première face voit Christine évoluer en compagnie de l'Act Big Band de Félix Simtaine dont c'est la première manifestation discographique: nous y retrouvons la plupart des solistes dont nous vantions les mérites dans le précédent Jazz-Hot et sur des arrangements efficaces et colorés, chacun donne la pleine mesure de ses possibilités (...)   (Philippe Bourdin, Jazz Hot)

Updated link  (17/07/17).

Friday, April 4, 2014


OH BOY ...
LP MD035                            BELGIUM, 1979

I’d been looking for this album for a very long time. Earlier this week, I stopped by a vinyl dealer that specializes in 60s-70s rock but also has a small “jazz” section.  The guy behind the counter told me he had recently found a box of Belgian jazz albums and put them all in a small crate labelled “Belgian Jazz”.  I had a look and there, among the usual Toots Thielemans albums, there it was ... Mauve Traffic feat. Bill Frisell!

In 1979, for the second time, Steve Houben brought over some musicians he knew from his days in Berklee, (where he also met Michel Herr) and formed "Mauve Traffic", a fusion band with : Bill Frisell (guitar), Vinnie Johnson (drums), Steve Houben (flute), Kermit Driscoll (electric bass) and Michel Herr (Fender Rhodes).  A second saxophonist, Greg Badolato (also from Boston) soon joined the band, which recorded the LP “Oh boy ...” in Belgium in 1979.

A1       Monsieur Love             Composed by Steve Houben     2:37
A2       Carol    Composed by Bill Frisell          5:02
A3       Doggone It       Composed by Kermit Driscoll   5:37
A4       Francesca         Composed by Bill Frisell          5:19
A5       Extrait Du Second Improptu Pour Une Raison D'être    Composed by Steve Houben     0:30
B1        De Luxe           Composed by Steve Houben     3:53
B2        Sparks  Composed by Magdalena Thora                        3:59
B3        Oh Boy                        Composed by Bill Frisell          6:40
B4        Growing Carrots           Composed by Bill Frisell          5:33

Alto Saxophone, Flute – Steve Houben
Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Flute – Greg Badolato
Guitar – Bill Frisell
Keyboards – Michel Herr
Electric Bass – Kermit Driscoll
Drums, Voice – Vinnie Johnson

Recorded & mixed at Michel Dickenscheid's Studio, Ougrée, Belgium

NB : there is some surface noise at the beginning of track B1, I assume it could be cleaned but I’m not proficient enough and was afraid that it would dim the sound.

UPDATED LINK (17/07/17)

The next one on my wish list was “STREAM” (Philip Catherine, Marc Moulin, Jiggs Whigham, Freddy Deronde, Freddy Rothier ), another seventies Belgian jazz rarity that never made it to CD.  Have seen the original  a few time but it was way out of my budget!  Luckily it has been (unofficially) reissued on vinyl by Charlevoix Music, Inc. (Canada).
Get it while you can! 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


Pierre Cardin Présente Jean-Luc Ponty "Experience"
Live In Montreux 72
Les Disques Pierre Cardin ‎– STEC 133                                    France,  1972

Jean Luc Ponty’s performance in the 1972 Montreux Jazz Festival was on the more experimental side of fusion.  Not the most memorable Ponty’s album but I still prefer it to the more commercial fusion and histrionics he went for later in his career.  This album was released on the short lived Pierre Cardin label, in a sleeve with round corners. 

There are a few other LP on the Pierre Cardin label well worth searching for:  Bernard Lubat & his Mad Ducks / Lubat, Louiss, Engel – Montreux 72 / Jean Claude Fohrenbach – Electronic Band / Phil Woods & his European Rhythm Machine

Sonata Erotica 17:55
A) Preludio     
B) Pizzacato Con Fuocco E Con Echo (Did You See My Bow?)           
C) Appassionato          
Sonata Erotica 23:27
D) Con Sensualita       
E) Accelerando E Rallentando 

Jean-Luc Ponty - Electric Violin, Composer
Joachim Kuhn - Piano [Fender]
J.-F. Jenny-Clark - Acoustic Bass, Electric Bass
Nana Vasconcelos - Berimbau, Congas, Gong, Percussion
Oliver Johnson : Drums

Recorded live 19.06.1972 at the Festival International du Jazz Montreux.

UPDATED LINK (18/07/17)