La Maison du Jardinier s/t LP

La Maison du Jardinier LP front cover
La Maison du Jardinier LP back cover
Side A

La Maison du Jardinier was the project of Belgian pianist Jean-Luc Saucin, who wrote all compositions and arrangements on their unique, self-titled LP. The band included jazz and folk musicians from various horizons as well as underground activists Alain Neffe and Ernest Hembersin (Cortex, Bene Gesserit, Human Flesh). The style is comparable to other avantgarde Belgian jazz à la Univers Zéro or Julverne, that is: playful, pastoral jazz with elaborated arrangements, great melodies and top-notch interprets, not unlike some of the best Willem Breuker’s Kollektief records of the 1970s. The use of vintage synthesizer adds a unique touch, sometimes close to psych-rock or kosmische musik. It seems Alain Neffe contributed to the last track only, imitating wind on synthesizer and “sea-gull squawks” on vocoder – the latter effort did not make it to the final mix, though. La Maison du Jardinier’s LP was produced by Daniel Sotiaux, Igloo’s regular sound engineer at their inception. In fact, Igloo Records was the merging of two Brüssels, Belgium, independent labels from the 1970s. Launched in 1978 by Sotiaux, Igloo first published sound poetry and avantgarde composers like John Van Rymenant and Jacques Bekaert. Then around 1980, Igloo incorporated the activities of a jazz label called LDH and Daniel Léon became the manager. Note the mention on the record’s label: ‘I declare this record free from any copyright. Public performance, broadcasting and copying allowed when source mentioned’. Thanks to Alain Neffe for first hand information.

01 En Mâchant Des Carottes (2:00)
02 Gaviotte (2:40)
03 Un Taon Par Poire (1) (3:35)
04 Un Taon Par Poire (2) (0:30)
05 Baragouinage (2:30)
06 Boulette (4:20)
07 Souisaïde Rocker (3:40)
08 Intervalles En Hutte (1) (7:05)
09 Intervalles En Hutte (2) (4:25)
10 L’Escargot Amoureux  (0:35)
11 Body Love  (4:40)

Jean-Luc Saucin: piano, electric bass, synthesizer
Jean-Michel De Graeve: alto saxophone
Philippe Saussez: bass clarinet, tenor saxophone
Jean-Pol Danhier: trombone
Adelsson De Friese: flute
René De Smaele: trumpet, bugle
Ernest Hembersin: guitar
Alain Neffe: synthesizer, vocoder
Daniel Saintes: electric bass
Jean-Pol Ganty: voice
Frank Vandersteen: drums

Total time 36:40
LP released by Igloo, ref. IGL005, Belgium, 1980


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7 Responses to “La Maison du Jardinier s/t LP”

  1. 1 Jan June 15, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    Mmmm, a tiny little gem! And, hooray, again from Belgium! :-). At least the first track sounds very carnavalesque, like ‘Les Airs de Gilles’, played during ‘Le Carnaval de Binche’. Could there be a folkloric connection? Track #3 is gorgeous! Thanks again, Continuo!!

  2. 2 continuo June 15, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Hi, Jan. I’m not familiar with Belgian carnival and parades, so I can’t spot local references here, but I love this LP as well.
    By the way: long live Belgium!

  3. 3 Delphine Saucin August 23, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Just a small comment about the credits at the end of the article.
    It’s not Jean-Louis Saucin but Jean-Luc Saucin (as you wrote higher) ;-) Thanks in advance for correcting that!

  4. 4 continuo August 23, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    Sorry for the typo, Delphine!

  5. 5 calisan2000 April 4, 2012 at 1:28 am

    Any chance to re-up? Thanks in advanced

  6. 6 calisan2000 April 4, 2012 at 1:29 am

    Any chance to re-up! Thanks in advanced

  7. 7 continuo April 4, 2012 at 7:57 am

    You’d have better chance of a re-up leaving a message on the 2012 Re-ups page.

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