:::Jazz Europe Express – Belgium:::

Posted: Saturday, 13 November 2010 by jazzlover in Etykiety:

This debut album was recorded in October 91 by Bill Laswell and the Knitting Factory in NY, but was only released for the opening of festivities of 93's Antwerp, European Cultural Capital that lasted a whole year. Apparently the Flemish regional government funded the project. Being mostly Peter Vermeersch and Pierre Vervloesem's group, the septet has an incredible sound, being mostly inspired by Zappa (and Beefheart), but clearly these guys listened to a wide array of music and the prog groups also. The inside group photo does show a girl named sally sitting cross-legged, you will never know if it was a spoof or not.
With its slow-beat but eccentric jazz opener the uninitiated proghead might just take the advice from the track title and push the FFWD, but this would be a serious mistake. Zippo Raid is a much more energetic track while the aptly-titled XLS - their eponymous track supposed to define them - raised the standards to such heights that Miriodor or Alamaailman Vasarat better be holding on to their seats, if they do not want to be taken by a storm. Among the other highlights are Blackhead BB with its sax orgies (were VDGG's Jackson was obviously an influence) underlined by Vervloesem's Zappa-esque guitars, Bacon & Eggs and Turkish Bath. In a much harder and funky way (in a Red Hot Chilly Peppers sense) Little hearts and Lacto B rock your heart out with a real virtuosity but staying away from the demonstration.
A stunning debut album (well the group members were no rookies, Plouvier hammering the keys since the early 80's), and the first of series of impressive records. X-L S is one of the seminal bands of Belgium's 90's scenes, and a must-hear-to-believe-it.
:::Review by Sean Trane:::

X-Legged Sally - Slow-Up (1991)

1. FFWD (5:35)
2. Zippo Raid (4:15)
3. XLS (6:53)
4. Down At The Dinghy (4:34)
5. Bacon & Eggs (5;25)
6. 34th Street (4:59)
7. Blackhead Blue Blues (5:08)
8. Lacto B (1:06)
9. Fuck & Coffee (2:50)
10. Turkish Bath (5:21)
11. Little Hearts (4:24)
12. Liquid (4:06)
13. Pinocchio (5:05)
14. Memphis (4:49)
15. Ongenaam (1:54)

- Pierre Vervloesem / guitars, vocals
- Danny Van Hoeck / drums
- Peter Vermeersch / Tenor saxophone, clarinet
- Eric Sleichim / Alto saxophone
- Jean-Luc Plouvier / keyboards
- Michel Mast / Bariton & Tenor saxophone
- Bruno Deneuter / bass
- Sally C.S. / x-noise, twists

4 komentarze:

  1. E-mile says:

    did I give you my links for the complete XLS discographie yet?
    maybe there are some you haven't heard [:-)
    let me know,
    peace, E-mile
    ExXxcellent band btw, I once saw them live!

  1. jazzlover says:

    Hey E-mile!

    I got them all, thanks. This is one of them.


  1. boogieman says:

    Merci. Et Vive les Belges...
    Try also to find Flat Earth Society, Peter Vermerrsch's big band déjanté.
    I saw them Live several times and they're always amazing