In memory of Johnny Peret

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

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.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

This will be my last post

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)

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.