Utopic Cities : Progressive Jazz In Belgium 1968-1979
Utopic Cities is an eclectic selection of forward-thinking jazz from the Belgian underground, including the left-field fusion of Marc Moulin’s Placebo, Koen De Bruyne, Solis Lacus and more!
Featuring twelve essential compositions from a highly creative period in Belgian jazz. The release follows Sdban’s critically acclaimed Let’s Get Swinging: Modern Jazz in Belgium 1950-1970, released back in 2017.
Utopic Cities is an eclectic selection of forward-thinking jazz from the Belgian underground, including the left-field fusion of Marc Moulin’s Placebo, Koen De Bruyne and Solis Lacus; the intense post-bop of Jacques Pelzer and Lou MacConnell; the cutting edge soul jazz of Philip Catherine and Open Sky Unit or the otherworldly avant-garde of Babs Robert and the Brussels Art Quintet. Recorded in the aftermath of the revolutionary year 1968, this music is the fruit of a highly creative momentum in Belgian jazz history that produced a unique sound which distinguishes itself from its American source of inspiration by an indefinable characteristic that can be hardly better described than ‘Belgian’.
Solis Lacus - Utopic Cities
Open Sky Unit - Open Sky
Brussels Art Quintet - Vas-y Voir
Koen De Bruyne - Pathetic Dreams
Raphaël - Archangelo
Philip Catherine - Memphis Talk
Jacques & Micheline Pelzer Quartet - Face Reality
The Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band - Sakara
Marc Moulin - Tohubohu pt. I
Babs Robert - Pro Forma I
Lou MacConnell - Naima