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Artist: COOMANS, LEO
Title: Basement Recordings 1978-1982
Format: LP
Label: Ultra Eczema
Country: Belgium
Price: $29.00
"A while ago one of the members of the youngest Antwerp-based free jazz band Sheldon Siegel (all 16 year olds) visited me, I had just met them and he wanted to come by to get some records. We spoke about free jazz for a while, then he said the magical words my dad used to play free jazz in the 70s as well.. I was like ow, and if that was in Antwerp, was it with WIM?, he said yes yes, hes on one of their tapes with fred van hove, ivo van der borght etc. My heartbeat went a little faster, WIM only made one tape as far as I know, which is the weirdest thing they ever did, a bunch of the free dudes from those days playing as a brassband!! It seriously sounds disturbing. I pull out the tape, open it and asked is your dad Leo Coomans?, he starts shivering and his eyeballs turned backwards, I called an ambulance, they pick him up and tell me I can not talk to this guy for a while as he is heavily epileptic! The doctor kept asking me what the hell did you do to the him, I said I just showed him this tape. Although I wasnt allowed to join him I sneaked into the hospital and woke him up, yelling SO IS THIS YOUR DAAAAD OR WHAT? He said, yes and he doesnt even have that tape, so I dubbed it for him and asked if he had some other solo recordings from those days? Leo Coomans then compiled a bunch of unheard and beautiful basement recordings, collecting the period he mainly played in the Antwerp jazz and artist bars! When putting it on I expected some decent free music, relating to the other freaks from Antwerp from those days, my mouth fell open though that this rather modest man made seriously strange outsider weirdness instead of free jazz from hell. Kicking off with Aerosol, duo undertone singing to a aerosol machine he had to use for his asthma! Watermuziek, playing with a bunch of tubes, saxophones, mouthpieces and his own voice in a bath tub half filled with water! Untitled droning harmonica pieces which clearly shows his link with raga folks like wannes van de velde and such! Vacuum cleaner attached to metals and soprano saxes!! A wacko piano and vacuumcleaner cover version of Louie Louie... I hate to say it, but this realy is a treasure! The cover design is 2 live shots, one of which he uses the aerosol machine. It also comes with an insert with more photos!" - Ultra Eczema.
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