VA – Let’s Get Swinging: Modern Jazz In Belgium 1950-1970 (2017)

VA - Let's Get Swinging: Modern Jazz In Belgium 1950-1970 (2017)
Artist: Various
Album: Let’s Get Swinging: Modern Jazz In Belgium 1950-1970
Label: Sdban
Year Of Release: 2017
Quality: FLAC (tracks)

1. Jack Sels – African Dance (1961)
2. Jon Eardley – Subtroyan Influence (1969)
3. René Thomas-Bobby Jaspar Quintet – Bernie’s Taste (1962)
4. Jacques Pelzer And His Young Stars – Don’t Smile (1958)
5. Philip Catherine & Robert Pernet – Grelots (1968)
6. Francy Boland – Dark Eyes (1967)
7. Saxorama & Jack Sels – Minor 5 (1963)
8. Herman Sandy Quartet – Digging Chick (1955)
9. Fats Sadi Quartet – Ensadinado (1966)
10. Bobby Jaspar Quintet – Clarinescapade (1956)
11. The Clouds – Cecilia (1965)
12. Lucky Thompson & Jack Sels Sextet – Minor Works (1959)
13. Francy Boland Trio – Night Lady (1967)
14. Bobby Jaspar – Coraline (1954)
15. Jacques Pelzer Sextet – There’ll Never be Another You (1955)
16. René Goldstein and His Group – Witch of Salem (1958)
17. The Clouds – Hall’s Blues
18. René Thomas Et Son Modern Group – Get Happy (1956)
19. Jacques Pelzer Quartet – Work Song (1961)
20. The St. Tropez Jazz Octet – Let’s Get Swinging (1970)


A new, twenty-track compilation entitled ‘Let’s Get Swinging: Modern Jazz in Belgium 1950-1970’, released 7th April via Sdban/N.E.W.S. focuses on a twenty-year period of modern jazz in the little kingdom, and features the leading players from that era including guitarist Philip Catherine, saxophonist Jack Sels, multi-instrumentalist Jacques Pelzer and vibraphone player, percussionist and vocalist ‘Fats’ Sadi Lallemand. Pre-1950s, Belgian jazz lovers had been starved of jazz music when it was banned from public life, going underground during the German occupation of WWII. However, jazz would soon go through a radical change when US jazz musicians such as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk developed a new style called bebop or modern jazz. The big bands disappeared in favour of the small groups, the rhythms became more complex and improvisation was the new keyword. In Belgium, the epicentre of jazz shifted from Brussels to the industrial city of Liege in the east of the country. Inspired by the new sounds of Bird and Diz, a group of youngsters including Bobby Jaspar, Rene Thomas, Jacques Pelzer, ‘Fats’ Sadi Lallemand, Jack Sels and Francy Boland, joined each other in jam sessions and formed modern jazz combos. But the complexities of modern jazz made larger audiences turn their backs on this new form of jazz and with very few working opportunities for the modern jazzmen in Belgium, most moved abroad to persue a career. During the 50s, composer and pianist Francy Boland managed to distinguish himself in the United States, where he worked with the bands of Count Basie and Benny Goodman, and with jazz pianist Mary Lou Williams.

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