In memory of Johnny Peret

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

Monday, April 7, 2014

A SWISS LADY IN BRUSSELS

CHRISTINE SCHALLER – REAL LIFE
MLCAR.80062 - SELF PRODUCED / PRIVATE PRESSING
BELGIUM, 1980

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)
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side 1 + ACT 12 Big Band
Tracks:
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

Credits
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
Tracks:
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

Credits
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).

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  2. I have some ACT-bigband albums, and they always play quite swinging..Very anxious to hear this...Thanks, maestro!

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  3. WAV https://www.mediafire.com/?66nd73tdu40nd7r

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