Friday, September 28, 2007

Abraxis - "Abraxis" {Belgium} [1976]

Abraxis is a jazz/fusion band from Belgium with well implementation of some classical music elements. Althought the songs not related to each other, a tiny sugestion for full satisfaction would be to listen the album from begining to end at once. line-up: Dirk Bogaert (flute, vocal) Paur Elias (guitar) Jean-Paul Musette (bass) Charles Loos (keyboards)Jack Mauer (drums) Tony Malisan (drums). Any infos for the band is welcome.





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13 comments:

nahavanda said...

link: http://lix.in/900039

nukebass said...

I had a really good impression listening those two samples :-) The audio quality seems not that good, but worth the download! Nice post Nahavanda ;-)

Anonymous said...

Don't know that much about them, but it was a band that was formed by musicians from other well known Belgian bands:
Dirk Bogaert, Jacky Mauer and Jean-Paul Musette played in Waterloo, Dirk and Jacky certainly also in Pazop. Charles Loos was the first keyboard player in Cos. Tony Malisan was in Esperanto, the band from Raymond Vincent, the violin player of Wallace Collection who started Esperanto when the Wallace disbanded. Raymond made a solo album called Metronomics on which Dirk and Jacky played.
More to be found here:
http://www.alexgitlin.com/npp/pazop.htm

Lex (no, not the Gitlin one ;-))

cecilia said...

Keyboardist Charles Loos and bassist Jean-Paul Musette are known to many prog fans as members of the great Belgian band Cos, which also included guitarist Daniel Schell and vocalist Pascale Son. Loos appeared on the band’s first LP, Post Aeolian Train Robbery, and Musette was present on tracks recorded in 1973 and early 1974 (which subsequently appeared as bonus tracks on the CD reissue). Both were long gone by the time Cos recorded their second LP, Viva Boma, in July 1976. The liner notes to the CD re-issue of Post Aeolian Train Robbery allude to Musette’s desire to play music that was more rooted in jazz, and the same was likely true of Charles Loos. Clearly, Abraxis was the manifestation of their desire to play complex, yet palpably jazz-based, original music. The band's eponymously titled LP was recorded in December 1976, and released on the "I. B. C." (International Bestseller Company) subsidiary of EMI-Benelux.
Besides Loos (on Fender Rhodes, miniMoog, and acoustic piano) and Musette (electric bass), Abraxis also included flutist Dirk Bogaert, guitarist Paul Elias, and drummer Jack Mauer (though Tony Malisan plays drums on most of the LP’s 9 tracks). Several of these guys played in other Belgian jazz-rock groups such as Placebo, Waterloo and Pazop. Abraxis' sound is fairly close to that of Cos, albeit jazzier and with Bogeart’s flute replacing Pascale’s vocals. Other stylistic points of reference are Placebo (a Belgian jazz-rock fusion band led by keyboardist / producer Marc Moulin), and the jazzier Canterbury-type bands such as Gilgamesh and National Health. The compositions (by either Loos or Musette) are all rather involved and multi-sectioned, though there is plenty of room for lengthy solos by Loos (whose playing reminds me a bit of Chick Corea’s), Bogaert, and the surprisingly excellent Elias. The musicianship is first rate throughout - Musette is better than solid, replacement drummer Tony Malisan is a monster, and guitarist Elias is right up there with the likes of Phil Miller. They also cover quite a bit of stylistic ground, from weird Zappa-like convolutions, to flat-out funky fusion jamming, to neo-classical ruminations for acoustic piano, acoustic guitar and flute. Fusion fans, flute fans, and those who enjoy intelligent progressive rock in general, should seek this one out. -- Dave Wayne
http://www.gepr.net/aafram.html

:-)

Anonymous said...

I'm always asking myself what talented musicians like Bogaert and Mauer and others are doing now at the moment... they were so active then; don't they feel the drive to release good music anymore, or are they getting no opportunities anymore, or have they become all studio musicians....

Lex


Lex

Anonymous said...

hello! thx this is very good!!!
Sithlord from Hungary

noisenik said...

Congrats, Naha for posting this one.

I have interrupted my silence for this post. Haven't dwnld it and I dare doubt I ever will. but I remember this being tied to Cos and being f..ing rare. Thanks for givin' it at disposal anyway.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if YOU that posts all these stuffs here have a turntable in your home... This kind of gemm is almost impossible to think appear in a blog... it hurts! Cause, like me, that spend MONEY buying rare items, spend TIME ripping and cleaning and spend my WORK scanning and fixing covers to someone share this as all his works... is a big shit!

Stef said...

This is really good.
But there is something wrong with the last track "Arhumba". For a while you can hear two pieces simultaneously. I don't think this is how it meant to be :(

OneEarLeft said...
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OneEarLeft said...

hi there - superb blog. I'm searching Charles Loos stuff. He has made execellent avantgarde/progressive jazz which is hard to get :-(

I found some more here, but unfortunately, Undercover Man, seemingly the best blog ever (just found it), has closed down...

Can anyone provide with Charles Loos 5tet - Sava?

aram said...

dead link.

aram said...

dead link.

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