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Flat Earth Society
1. De Vrachtwagen 1
3. Ich Kann Ohne Euch Nicht Sein
4. Tibbe en Bibi Fietsen Huiswaarts
6. Tibbe Hoort Iets
8. Minoes Op Boodschap
9. Funeral & Binche
10. Woeful Message from the VLF
11. De Zoekactie
13. Naar de Emmalaan
14. (Little) King Ink
15. Een Nest Jongen
16. Ellemeet en de Katten
17. Marche des Lames
18. Stilleven Met Jakkepoes
19. De Vrachtwagen 2
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 53
Peter Vermeersch; Pierre Vervloesem; Karel DeBacker; Mike Patton
Flat Earth Society (Belgian Big Band): Tom Wouters (vocals, clarinet, vibraphone, xylophone); David Bovee (guitar); Wim Willaert (accordion); Michael Mast (saxophone); Jan De Backer (trombone); Pieter Lamotte (bass trombone); Kristoff Roseeuw (double bass); Roel Poriau, Danny Van Hoeck (percussion); Bruno Vansina, Stefaan Blancke, Peter Vandenberghe, Marc Meeuwissen, Eric Morel, Teun Verbruggen, Benjamin Boutreur, Peter Vermeersch, Bart Maris, Leonaar De Graeve, Anja Kowalski, Luc van Lieshout.
Personnel: Anja Kowalski (vocals, kazoo); Tom Wouters (vocals, clarinet, vibraphone, xylophone); David Bove (guitar); Wim Willaert (accordion); Peter Vermeersch (clarinet); Bruno Vansina, Michel Mast, Eric Morel, Benjamin Boutreur (saxophone); Bart Maris, Luc van Lieshout (trumpet); Stefaan Blancke, Marc Meeuwissen, Jan De Backer (trombone); Pieter Lamotte (bass trombone); Leonaar De Graeve (tuba); Peter Vandenberghe (keyboards); Kristof Roseeuw (double bass); Roel Poriau, Teun Verbruggen, Danny Van Hoeck (percussion).
Audio Mixers: Peter Vermeersch; Pierre Vervloesem; Karel de Backer.
Love him or hate him, Mike Patton has very eclectic taste in music, and he's putting his money where his mouth is with the Ipecac label. Earlier in 2004, he had licensed Eyvind Kang's beautiful Virginal Co Ordinates from the Italian I Dischi di Angelica label, now he turns to Belgium (!) to give wider exposure to the Flat Earth Society, a progressive big band formed from two defunct Belgian groups, X-Legged Sally and Fukkeduk. The resulting album, Isms, draws from their four prior releases and presents a band capable of everything from beautiful chamber jazz miniatures to slinky crime-theme jazz noir to driving rock rhythms. The shorter pieces tend to be cues from their Minoes soundtrack album, and often serve as interludes between longer pieces. As mentioned, several of the tracks ("O.P.E.N.E.R.," "Zonk," "De Zoekactie") could have been put to good use the theme for some crime drama. "Pune" sounds something like an Asian brass band with crazed galloping percussion and a manic kazoo solo that sounds something like Rahsaan Roland Kirk playing kazoo instead of flute. "Funeral & Binche" starts out like New Orleans funeral music, then shifts gears and becomes quite exuberant. "Ellemeet en de Katten" is a short but menacing piece that contrasts nicely with the moody, nocturnal bass, Rhodes, and vibes of "Tibbe Hoort Iets." The songs are all very approachable, but there's plenty of punch in the playing and soloing and great detailed arrangements. Fans of progressive jazz orchestras and big bands like Pierre Dorge's New Jungle Orchestra, Sun Ra, and even Frank Zappa should find a lot to enjoy here. ~ Sean Westergaard
Alternative Press (p.94) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[They] specialize in skronky horn freakouts, Louis Armstrong covers, imaginary-spy-movie themes, and reasonably faithful recreations of the various open-air-market scenes from the INDIANA JONES series."
CMJ (p.4) - "This demented big band swings like jazzers, but eclectically skronk like record geeks..."
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