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Hommage A Jef Gilson

    Back in the day, French pianist, composer and all-round jazz superstar Jean-François Quiévreux, a.k.a. Jef Gilson, was up there alongside the likes of peers John Coltrane, Oscar Peterson, and Sun Ra. In a fitting homage to the decades worth of sublime music, and his sad passing away in 2012, French quarter Palm Unit have released a lively, honest tribute, upbeat and contemporary re-interpretative vision of his legacy.
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    Gilson has been noted for changing the face of bebop with free-jazz and afro. Along the way his big band featured the likes of Lloyd Miler, Bill Coleman, Michel Portal, and others. With his own recording studio and label Palm Records, Gilson released music from greats including Byard Lancaster, David S. Ware, François Jeanneau, and more. He also helped embed a more entho style to the world of jazz, inspired by his visits to Madagascar, which resulted in the famous Malagasy jazz albums.

    Palm Unit are a wildly eclectic super-group of jazz greats includes uKanDanZ's saxophonist Lionel Martin, keyboardist Fred Escoffier from Le Sacre du Tympan, drummer Philippe 'Pipon' Garcia whose mostly known from his worth with the Erik Truffaz Quartet, and special guest Del Rabenja -- who played alongside Gilson in Malagasy -- on the Magascan valiha harp. Palm Unit plays Gilson’s repertoire without any a priori, in a totally complex-free manner, reinventing it whilst preserving its original essence. The keyboards sound almost psychedelic (and often not that far from the style of Eddy Louiss on Jef Gilson’s 60’s albums), the sax scratches, mews and wails, whilst the drums make the whole thing swing. Even Del Rabenja was surprised to rediscover the songs still sounding so modern, decades after they were created.

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    Super-Sonic Jazz Label Bio

    Named after the Sun Ra's acclaimed record from 1956, Super-Sonic Jazz is the label and event series run by Dutchman Kees Heus, a.k.a. KC The Funkaholic. Having already established Super-Sonic Jazz as one the leading nights for jazz, soul, African grooves and more at Amsterdam club Paradiso, it was inevitable Heus would take the next step, in releasing music to share with the community. To date, Super-Sonic Jazz has played host to a plethora of talents from across the world, with hip-swaggering style, and electronic-meets- rhythmic, soulful grooves. If you wanted to see Moses Sumney, Moses Boyd, or the Robert Glasper Experiment, then Paradiso is the place to be.

    Prior to Super-Sonic Jazz, Heus was responsible for Kindred Spirits, the Paradiso night and Rush Hour distributed label that specialised in unearthing and sharing the wildest bohemian talents from the Netherlands -- including the likes of Jameszoo, Gallowstreet, Jungle By Night, Rednose Distrikt, and Kid Sublime -- along with records by cult international talents, and a select bunch of sought-after re-issues. Kindred Spirits became the global seal of approval for anything that was authentic, soulful, and slamming, and serves as the perfect platform for what Super-Sonic Jazz has, and will become.

    Referring back to Sun Ra, who was responsible for the record from which the label is named after, Heus states; "His music and philosophy is a big inspiration, always pushing the boundaries of music." This philosophy is something constantly running through Super-Sonic Jazz. From the eclectic output, and styles, to the attention to detail and love for honesty, and love for the music, Super-Sonic Jazz is a true testament to one of The Netherlands most discerning of selectors. With select classic, epochal, and era-defining re-issues, to new and progressive, soul and jazz cuts primed for the modern listener, Super-Sonic Jazz is a true taste-maker's label.

    After three great LPs in 2018, Amsterdam's Super-Sonic Jazz label now introduces Niels Broos & Jamie Peet. With free improvisation as key element the talented Dutch duo takes you on a colorful and adventurous ride through landscapes of hiphop, electronica and jazz.
    Rising stars within the free-form hip-hop, electronica, and jazz circuits. Respective Dutch talents Niels Broos and Jamie Peet have teamed up for their debut collective EP on Super-Sonic Jazz Records. Niels Broos, having come to attention through his music with Brainfeeders Jameszoo and The Kyteman Orchestra, creates a tapestry of hypnotic melodies and frantic harmonies atop the dexterous, and tight drum rolls of drummer Jamie Peet. The collaborative alliance creates an EP that sits within the young contemporary jazz scene, while it’s seeking for peculiar and adventurous sounds.
    The self titled debut from the Dutch pair is full of free-improvisation, sterling electric sounds, trademark Rhodes warmth, electronica and jazz. From across Europe, artists are helping redefine our understanding of what jazz is, with Niels Broos & Jamie Peet falling directly into that vision. Niels Broos and Jamie Peet create that balance between classic sensibilities with a contemporary sound very much influenced by East Coast electronica exemplified by Broos’ work with Daedelus and Alpha Pup’s Daddy Kev. Jamie Peet, who more recently has collaborated with Cuban pianist Ramón Valle Trio and Cinematic Orchestra collaborator Dominic J Marshall, lays down a sequence of stirring highs, broken beat rhythms and a wide palette of rolling kicks. The EP creates a sound that stretches from the Brainfeeder-like of trippy melodies of ’Saitama’, through to the gritty minimalist overtures of 'Conundrum', to 'Heist', an electronic mesh of electronic and percussive explorations.
    The Niels Broos & Jamie Peet EP is the first body of original pieces to be released on Super-Sonic Jazz, following recent reissues of records by Hal Singer & Jef Gilson, Beverly Glenn-Copeland and a tribute LP by Palm Unit. Super-Sonic Jazz Records is runned by Dutch DJ KC The Funkaholic (a.k.a. Kees Heus) and brothers Tenzers (a.k.a. Vincent & Siemen Tenzer). Besides the label, Super-Sonic Jazz hosts a successful six day festival, monthly concerts and club nights at Paradiso Amsterdam, where the three are responsible for bringing in exciting names in the global music scenes. Heus was also responsible for the running the Dutch imprint Kindred Spirits, that released records by international heavyweights, while championing local pioneers simultaneously.

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    Millie says: Improvised electronic jazz in full swing from Niels Broos & Jamie Peet, joining in the jazz revolution they have stamped it with their own unique sound. Hypnotic and original, give this one a listen!


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