In memory of Johnny Peret

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

Wednesday, August 9, 2017


COLUMBIA SEMQ 153 (EP 45 rpm) – ITALY, 1960.

It’s a pleasure to relaunch the “Rarity” series of collectable 7” and 10” (45 and 33 rpm). 
It’s even a greater pleasure to restart the series with a contribution by Ernst who has been a key contributor to the Series and to the blog since the early days.

So what do we have here?  A session recorded on November 10, 1959 in Milan, Italy, by the Franco Cerri Quartet composed of .

Franco Cerri, guitar
Renato Sellani, piano
Giorgio Azzolini, bass
Gianni Cazzola, drums

Three standards and a composition by the leader.  No idea who is the Franco to whom the first track is dedicated.  I assume  /hope  it is not the Spanish dictator – he did not like jazz - nor is it Cerri,  I doubt Franco Cerri would dedicate a blues to himself. Photographer Franco  Scheichenbauer perhaps ?


A1. Blues For Franco (F.Cerri)                            3:13
A2. Stella By Starlight (V.Young)                         3:07
B1. Darn That Dream (Van Heusen/Delanoe)     3:05
B2. Just Friends (Klenner/Lewis)                        2:58

Monday, August 7, 2017


HEAD UNDER LEGS”                 
LP VEGA 19.129  - Collection Jazz

France, 1969

 I have the pleasure to share today the first album by the Claude Cagnasso Big Band, dating from 1969.  To the best of my knowledge, it is the first appearance of this rare French album in the blogosphere.  His second album (Five Compact / Plein Jazz) had been posted on the blog LAKASAFUNK a few years back (and , amazingly, the link still works).

Claude Cagnasso (24 October 1939, Maisoncelles-Tuileries (Oise) - 25 July 2015, Montpellier).  
There is a comprehensive biography in the obituary published in Jazz Hot 672 (Summer 2015).  As it is in French, I summarize it hereafter:     
Claude Cagnasso received basic piano training from his sister, at an early age.  His main interest was not the piano but the big band, “the 18 musicians orchestra, the volume of the brass and reeds associated to the rhythmic pulse”.
An autodidact, he learned as a teenager, through sheer perseverance and enthusiasm, to become an arranger – and continued to learn all through his life. 

His first gigs were with “afro-cuban bands”, such as Benny Bennett’s, becoming a specialist of what was then called “rythme typique”. At the same period, he started to work for the recording studios, writing arrangements for popular French singers as different as Joe Dassin, Claude Nougaro,  Jean-Roger Caussimon, Catherine Ribeiro or  Leny Escudéro to name a few.  He wrote his first arrangements in 1959, for the “brasilian singer” Roberto Seto, who had a big hit in 1960 with the famous song «Brigitte Bardot». In the second half of the 60s he met Sonny Grey who was playing in Paris.  Cagnasso wrote two arrangements that Grey accepted, leading to Grey asking Cagnasso to write some original compositions for him.
In 1969, Cagnasso organised a big band that lasted until 1981.  Stan Kenton was a key influence but so were afro-cuban / mambo bands such as Perez Prado’s.

The Cagnasso Big band recorded its first album «  Head Under Legs ” in Decembre 1969, in Paris.   Over its 12 years existence, the Cagnasso Big Band featured a whole array of talented musicians, some already well-established such as Roger Guérin (tp), Georges Arvanitas (p), Teddy Hamelin (as) or Raymond Katarzynski (tb) but also « young lions » at the early stage of their career : trumpetists Michel Bos, Tony Russo, Bernard Marchais, Guy Bodet, François Chassagnite ; trombonists Jacques Bolognesi, Luis Fuentes, Jean-Louis Damant ; saxophonists Patrick Bourgoin, Dominique Soulat (as), Alain Hatot, Jean-Pierre Debarbat (ts), Francis Cournet (bs) ; pianists Maurice Vander and Michel Graillier, bassists Didier Levallet and Pierre-Yves Sorin,  tuba player Marc Steckar, drummers / percussionists Christian Lété, Guy Hayat and Tiboum Guignon (dm, perc).

1 Head Under Legs 6:35
Composed By – C. Cagnasso*
2 Little Blade Of Grass 5:57
Composed By – C. Cagnasso*
3 Theme For Granek 6:51
Composed By – C. Cagnasso*
4 I'm Beginning To See The Light 3:58
Composed By – D. Georges*, D. Ellington*, H. James*, J. Hodges*
5 That's My Cigarette 5:05
Composed By – Michel Bos
6 Blue Sky 3:56
Composed By – I. Berlin*
7 Doesn't Matter 6:00
Composed By – C. Cagnasso*
8 Grande Avenue 3:53
Composed By – G. Gasquet

Conductor and arranger:  Claude Cagnasso
Trumpet – A. Loustalot, A. Perucca, B. Dujardin, G. Bouron, O. De La Taille*
Trumpet [Solo] – Michel Bos
Trombone – A. Vernay, B. Camus, M. Cevrero*, P. Devincre
Trombone [Solo] – J. Bolognesi*
Tuba – D. Landreat or Dzierla
Saxophone – D. Ventosa, H. Poulet, J. Net, J.-L. Vignaud*, L. Canillar
Saxophone [Solo] – A. Hatot except on 8 : D. Ventosa*
Piano - M. Graillier ( – G. Gasquet (4,6,8)
Bass – D. Levallet
Drums – D. Carlier - C. Conord

Cagnasso recorded his second album in Paris between 9 June 1976 and 5 January 1977. It was released under the title Five Compact in 1977 (Un-Deux-Trois ‎– N°12) and reissued in 1982 as “Plein Jazz” (Disques Vendémiaire ‎– VD093).

Saturday, July 29, 2017


CLAUDE GUILHOT + Georges Arvanitas Trio

TRAFICOS (Owl 02, France, 1975)

Hello everyone, I hope you have enjoyed Paul Piot and his Orchestra, We continue today with French Jazz but in  a different style. A small combo playing modal jazz. 

I do not think this album has ever been posted in the blogosphere.  It was the second album issued on the highly-respected OWL label (OWL 01 was African Nite by Randy Weston).  A great deal of the original OWL catalogue was reissued on CD in the 90s but, for unknown reasons, this one never made it to the CD format.  And for once, there is a good reason to try and find a copy of this album beside its relative rarity. The music is outstanding!

Claude Guilhot (September 2, 1929 - December 15, 1990) was a French jazz vibraphonist and drummer.

Guilhot was born in Toulouse to a family of music pedagogues. Initially a professional drummer, he worked with Charles Barrié, Jacques Gauthé, and Mezz Mezzrow before switching to vibraphone late in the 1950s. He and Michel Roques shared leadership of an ensemble which included appearances from
Don Byas, Buck Clayton, Bill Coleman, Sonny Grey, and Lucky Thompson. In 1962 he relocated to Paris, where he played with Kenny Clarke, Alix Combelle, Champion Jack Dupree, Pierre Dutour, Jimmy Gourley, Henri Renaud, and Hal Singer.  In 1970, he taught music in St. Germain-en-Laye, and in the 1980s worked with Georges Arvanitas and in his own ensemble with a.o. Sylvain Beuf and Stéphane Belmondo as sidemen.
(source: Wikipedia)

Track list:
A1         Traficos             9:06
A2         Old Days            6:03
A3         Pepita  5:09
B1         Xyxophoiles     6:50
B2         Ballade A Genève         5:58
B3         Blues For Pele 6:00

Recorded in Paris, France, May 13 to 25, 1975 Studio Palm
Engineer – Jeff Gilson

Vibraphone – Claude Guilhot
Piano – Georges Arvanitas
Bass – Jacky Samson
Drums [Hollywood] – Charles Saudrais

(covers and label shots taken from DISCOGS)

Discography as leader (tentative):

1965     Claude Guilhot              Bach on Vibes               (Columbia UK / Pathe Canada)
same as “Claude Guilhot joue Bach au vibraphone” (Music for Pleasure, France & Benelux)
and “Das temperierte Vibraphon” (Columbia, Germany)

1967     Claude Guilhot Quartet  Serenade de Mephisto
(EP 45 rpm Pathe, France)

1969     Claude Guilhot              Belbology         (LP VEGA  (France)

1975     Claude Guilhot + Georges Arvanitas Trio       Traficos          (LP OWL 02, France)

1979     Claude Guilhot - Patrice Caratini - Charles Saudrais - Marc Fosset  Petit Voyage
LP Open OP13, France)

1986     Georges Arvanitas / Claude Guilhot     Qu'est-Ce Qu'on Joue ?    (LP Sign, France)

With thanks to my good friend Paul P. for lending me his copy to rip.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


The Free Form's Sextet (1966) 
Contemporary Music 
Music by Paul Lambert and Francis Joan

7" - 45 rpm - METEOR GV1536

I have updated the text and posted a new link (FLAC) for this extremely obscure Belgian free jazz 45.
See original post HERE

Monday, July 17, 2017


FRANCE, 1962, LP 305 V 035, série populaire, Ducretet-Thomson (MONO)

Hello everyone, it’s been a long time!  It took me longer than expected to be ready to rip and post again, but here I am with a first “new” post. 
If you’re into French Jazz or Jazzy “Varietes” orchestras from the 60s - think of Jacques Denjean, Jean-Claude Pelletier, Daniel Janin, Eddie Barclay, Eddie Vartan, Ivan Jullien, Claude Cagnasso … - this is for you. 
A fairly rare LP that I found recently in a box with cheap easy listening records of limited interest, and that, to the best of my knowledge, has never been posted on the web before and never made it to CD format.
The track list is a well-balanced mix of standards and originals with a French touch, composed and arranged by “Bill Ivory” (an alias for Paul Piot),
Paul Piot is better known as an arranger for many French singers and this album is – as far as I could find – his only “Jazz” album.  French Jazz aficionados will recognize several names in the personnel, well-known and respected jazz instrumentalists / soloists such as Guerin, Paquinet, Verstraete, the Hrasco brothers, Alf Masselier ….):

·       Fred Gerard
·       Maurice Thomas
·       Roger Guerin
·       Vincent Casino (replaces Guerin in Self Service & Up to date)
·       Rene Leger
·       Andre Paquinet
·       Charles Verstraete
·       Alto: Joe Hrasco & Rene Nicolas
·       Tenor: Pierre Gossez & Marcel Hrasco
·       Baryton: William Boucaya
·       Pol Peguillem
·       Rene Duchossoir (replaces Peguillem in I can’t get started & Too Close For comfort).
·       Very discreet and not listed: Paul Piot (I assume)
Double bass:
·       Alf Masselier
·       Arthur Motta
·       Armand Molinetti (replaces Motta in Lovely & N’importe Quand).

A1            Just One Of Those Things                      1:50

A2            Self-Service *                                            2:25

A3            Bewitched                                                  2:50

A4            N'importe Quand *                                   2:10

A5            Too Close For Comfort                             2:20

A6            Suspense *                                                  2:45

A7            Out Of Now Here                                       2:10

A8            Lovely *                                                       2:50

B1            Up To Date *                                                2:50

B2            There'S A Small Hotel                                2:20

B3            Twentieth Century *                                   2:35

B4            I Can't Get Started                                     2:25

B5            September In The Rain                              2:00

B6            The Kart *                                                   1:45

B7            The Lady Is A Tramp                                 2:20

B8            Jennifer *                                                     2:15

(*) composed and arranged by Paul Piot (as Bill Ivory).

I hope you’ll enjoy it.  I have a few more French, Belgian and Dutch / pan-European big band albums that I plan to post shortly. As usual, comments are much appreciated.

N.B.  Track 13 was corrupted in initial folder. I re-post the individual track 13 for those who have already downloaded the whole folder and I replace the folder by a new one with all the tracks.

Saturday, April 15, 2017


See you there!
I'll be back soon posting new rare albums and reposting enhanced rips of previously posted albums.