A POW during WWII, Dutch street musician Sigurd Cochius (1916-2001) had an extraordinary life since his escape from a concentration camp in Czechoslovakia – as retold by this blog ; other biographical info from Dutch Wiki. Among other things, he opened his house to drug-addict youngsters, took part to riots organized by Provo activists and made a living playing flute in the streets of Hilversum, his native city. There’s a kind of Cochius official weblog over there.
♫ This is his unique LP, featuring a dozen guest musicians, including Legendary Pink Dots members Bob Pistoor on bass and Niels van Hoorn on percussion, and an interesting pianist named Mark Peters on the first 3 tracks. The album features several long, ethno-jazz-fusion instrumentals over which Cochius delivers semi-improvised spoken poetry, according, I assume, to the philosophy he dubbed “Cochisme” (after Apache Indian chief Cochise). I can’t comment on the Dutch lyrics, but, from Cochius’ tone alone, they seem to be humoristic at times, especially on #2 Spaghetti, and Cochius is often heard laughing at his own jokes. Elsewhere, the music sounds like an indomitable flow of sinewy bass lines and ethereal flute arpeggios.
01 Indianenmars (6:02)
02 Spaghetti (11:04)
03 Intro/Minister (9:38)
04 Persingen (6:05)
05 Nojne Sjiht (1:21)
06 Nick Drake (3:12)
07 De Hommel En De Spin (11:34)
Total time 48:56
LP released by Klaverland Studio, The Netherlands, 1982