About this CD :
Live 7th and 8th June 2006, AB-Club Brussels.
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Stef Van Alsenoy.
The seven-piece terror jazz-combo -sounding sweeter than ever, though- once again recorded everything live at AB in September 2009. The group initially concentrated on re-working jazz compositions by Charlie Parker, Sonny Clark, Mal Waldron a.o. After three albums, things seem to have changed. Apart from “Song Of The Universe”, composed in the sixties by the rather obscure organ player Baby-Face Willette, most of the album consists of original compositions. The result is surprisingly cheerful. Jazz is still the main root of the band, which we can hear clearly in “Leila”, a kind of tribute to Ornette Coleman/James Blood Ulmer. The rest of the tunes keep a lot of the improvisational aspect of jazz in mind, but are also influenced by African pop music, folk, 60s soundtracks (e.g. John Barry), etc. After making their own version of “No One Knows” (Queens Of The Stone Age) and “Blue Monday” (New Order), the new cd has another all-time favourite to become a Franco-classic: Richard Berry’s “Louie Louie”!
Meanwhile the personnel line-up of Franco is more impressive than ever with a.o. founding member Elko Blijweert (Wim Vandekeybus, Tip Toe Topic, The Rudy Trouvé Septet, ex-Kiss My Jazz,…), Karel De Backer (Novastar, ex-Dead Man Ray,…), Joris Caluwaerts (ex-Zita Swoon, The Go Find), Rudy Trouvé as special guest composer/musician, Saar van de Leest (Traktor, Capsule, Tip Toe Topic), Sigrid Van Rosendaal (Lionell Horowitz & His Combo, Rudy Trouvé Septet,…), Frans Van Isacker (several Jazz-combos) Thomas Sainderichin (several Jazz-combos). Guests during live performances: Tim Van der Poel, (Autistik Youth, Almanak,…) Wolf Eriksson (Maxon Blewitt, Hank Van Damme, ex-Zita Swoon, ex-Tumbleweed, …).