Dig this: 10 Belgian jazz, funk and prog-rock killers

In this week’s selection of Belgian favourites, we take a decidedly groovy turn, with a jazz, funk and prog-rock special firmly rooted in the 1970s.

Join us on Thursday 16th June at Bozar for a night of locals only concerts (Sale Gosse, It It Anita and KZK) and DJ sets (soFa and Sixsixsixties) to mark the release of our June-July edition

Solis Lacus – Utopic Cities (From the album “Utopic Cities”)

Led by arranger, composer and pianist Michel Herr, Solic Lacus was produced by Mad City, with Bruno Castellucci on drums. Recorded in Brussels in 1975, the entire album is a warm and wonderful piece of jazz-funk-rock fusion.

Hein Huysmans Kwintet – In Due Season (From the album “Septet”)

A sharp sound with killer drum breaks, Hein Huysmans Kwintet’s Septet is a soul-jazz-funk masterpiece much thought-after by rare groove record collectors. Recorded in 1970, the debut and only record by this pioneering outfit features Hein Huysmans on vibraphone duties, with Frans Pilgrims on drums. An absolute beauty.

Plus – Put Everything Together (From the album “Plus)

Another piece of fantastic fusion, with Bruno Castellucci once again on drums. Released in 1972, this is jazz-funk with a solid blues-rock tint.

Kandahar – Jungle Dreams (From the album “In the Court of Catherina Squeezer”)

Recorded in 1975, this was Karel Bogaert’s prog-rock band Kandahar’s second release, a mix of heavy-duty funk, cosmic jazz and psychedelic rock. Infused with customary Belgian nonchalance, it is in our opinion one of the finest piece of homemade prog-rock, with breaks that’d make any producer run for his wallet.

Alex Scorier – Meeting Point (From the album “Latin for Dancing”)

Alex Scorier is a Belgian saxophone player best known for his work on Marc Moulin’s Placebo (who actually got one of his early starts with the Alex Scorier Quintet).  A brilliant piece of latin-infused soul-funk as only a Belgian could do.

Georges Hayes & Philharpopic Orchestra – Concerto for Right Foot & Orchestra 

The b-side to the phenomenal monster funk 7″ Steeple Chase recorded by Georges Hayes (who also worked with Baris Mancho and Charles Vernon) and released somewhere in the early 70s. A stomper of a track.

COS – Amafam (From the album “Postaeolian Train Robbery’)

Visionary Belgian experimental jazzrock fusion band led by Daniel Schell. Released on the band’s debut album in 1974, this track is the perfect embodiment of the outfit’s singular sound.

André Brasseur – Funky (From the album “This is André Brasseur”)

A heavy piece of funk from legendary organist and keyboard player André Brasseur. A prolific recording artist with a heavily-sampled catalogue of (mostly) instrumentals, this was released in 1968, which is in itself testament to the man’s pioneering career. Like his Facebook page to make sure to catch him at one of his many live-dates this summer, a rare occasion to see a master at work.

Placebo – Nineteen (From the album “1973”)

An uncontested Belgian jazz-funk heavyweight released, as the album title suggest, in 1973 by Marc Moulin. Undoubtedly one of our favourite piece of Belgian jazz-funk ever.

Dragron – Intro Insects (From the album “Dragon”

Subliminal and obscure prog-rock released in 1976 with heavy breaks, cosmic synths and an unmistakingly cinematic feel to it. A killer cut.