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KISS MY JAZZ

Kiss My Jazz is a band that brought together rock & jazz in lo-fi kind of way, with a loosely grouped collective of musicians from in and around Antwerp.

 
Songs
 

from "In Doc's Place Friday Evening" (1996)

"The stud vs Drunk Kid"
1 min 7 sec. - 133 Kb.

"A greater loss than pain"
59,9 sec. - 117 Kb.

"Penetrator"
57,9 sec. - 114 Kb.

"Bodybag"
50,8 sec. - 100 Kb.

songs : Kiss My Jazz
Produced : Bernardo Fernandez & KMJ
Record co. : Knitting Factory

from "In the Lost Souls Convention" (1997)

"Lost Souls Convention"
1 min 8 sec. - 134 Kb.

"Jesus"
1 min 4 sec. - 124 Kb.

"Wild At Heart"
38,5 sec. - 76 Kb.

songs : Kiss My Jazz
Produced : Bernardo Fernandez & KMJ
Record co. : Heaven Hotel

from "In A Service Station" (1999)

"A truckdriving song"
56,7 sec. - 111 Kb.

"Easy Money"
53 sec. - 104 Kb.

"Small Town Lovers Stroll"
1 min 18 sec. - 144 Kb.

songs : Kiss My Jazz
Produced : KMJ
Record co. : Heaven Hotel

 
   

Key figure of Kiss My Jazz was certainly Rudy Trouvé (who got his reputation from the three years he plays guitar with dEUS and from the high number of bands which he has founded or plays in, such as Dead Man Ray, Lionell Horowitz, Gore Slut ...). The group originated from the same "scene" and in the same period as dEUS and Moondog Jr, but with a very different goal : "We started out with the intention to make a naïve and punky version of Chet Baker. Something Nat King Cole-ish, or even better, the atmosphere of The Singing Detective with influences of Captain Beefheart, James White, Rip Rig & Panic and Pavement".

 

The jazz-aspect of the band is certainly not prominent. Rudy Trouvé said to Humo in response to the question : "KMJ is to be situated in the twilight zone between rock and jazz : dire straits" : "Yes indeed, there has been enough really bad jazz-rock already. But jazz for me is more of an attitude, a way of handling music. It is a feeling, the feeling that anything goes, that improvisation is allowed. You could call it the Beat Generation feeling : being on stage, drinking a glass, and see what happens next."

The origin of the band can be traced to somewhere in the beginning of 1992, with Trouvé, Heyme Langbroek, Elko Blyweert and Jacki Billet, and soon afterwards Aarich Jespers & Stef Kamil Carlens of Moondog Jr (later Zita Swoon). Shotsman Craig Ward (later with dEUS) and Marc Meyers (earlier with dEUS) joined the gang in 1994. Also Mauro Pawlowski of the Evil Superstars sometimes came playing a few chords. The presentation of the group was theatrical at first (with transvestites and projected movies) but later on a more quiet & modest approach was chosen.

After a few demo's, Kiss My Jazz found a record company with Knitting Factory Works (also the home of jazz-scatterbrains X-legged Sally) and presented "Doc's place Friday Evening" early 1996. Just as the cd's that would follow later, this was more or less a loose collection of songs in different recording qualities (from 4 to 24-track and in the strangest locations) from the past period (from 1992 to 1995). Or as Jacky Huys said "the best description for this is probably Evil X-Legged dEUS Jr : rock with a twist here and there, anarchistic and Zappa-like jazz. ... An absorbing auditive adventure".

That Kiss my Jazz never found a way to the general public, has been a conscient choice from the beginning : Rudy in Humo in January '98 : "Kiss My Jazz is a combination of ignorance and jazz. We are a mix of good and less good musicians. That's even necessary, because without good musician you wouldn't be able to play jazz, and without the bad ones you wouldn't be able to play punk". Also, most member were not prepared to devote a lot of time to this band : "Things start to bore me quite fast. I want it to keep a fresh and spontaneous feeling. A group that is perfectly practiced can sound fab, but naivety, candor and freshness are also very important. The others also all have their own activities. Even if we wanted to, we couldn't possibly devote full time to KMJ."

 

On "In the Lost Souls Convention" of 1997 there were guest-appearances of Simon & Buni Lenski of DAAU and the first appearance of another Scotsman called "Viking" Dave Robertson. In the liner-notes the band gave the songs little comments such as "Sounds like a late 50's French film noir soundtrack", "Basic chords and lyrics by Rudy and Stef in a Dutch hotel room during a tour depression", "Sort of a blues thing, but only half of the band likes blues, some hate it", "Most people will hate this one", "Started with a sax riff from Dirk and sort of turned into a cheap soundtrack from God knows what", "Their adoration of "The popgroup" & "The gang of four" brought them this song", "James White-esque, written during recording", "Used to be an instrumental but they always wanted to make sort of a bad standup comedy soundtrack out of it".

The third album "In A Service Station" (including the hidden track maxi "In a Ghosttruck") was launched in 1999 as "A collection of truckdriving songs" based on the atmosphere in highway restaurants to & from gigs. On this cd it became clear that the group had evolved from jazzy improvisations to a more poppy approach with country & bossanova.

 

In 1999, the group announced that the tour early 2000 would be the last one for Kiss My Jazz. "We have explored all styles we wanted to explore. A fourth CD would mean we would repeat ourselves. More of the same, but not so good. This annoys me about other bands, so I don't want to commit the same mistake myself. I would rather miss it that be stuck with it ..." was the explanation that Rudy Trouvé gave for shutting down the band. But in the same interview, he said "it is not at all to be excluded I will put together an improvisational group with one or more of these musicians. I'm certain that KMJ will blend into a number of new groups. Our music spreads like a disease".

In March 2000, Kiss My Jazz did a last appearance by their contribution to the "Glittering 2000" project, on which belgian bands covered songs from the glamrock era, with a version of Slade's "Cum on Feel the Noize".

Band members :
- Rudy Trouvé (vocal, guitar)
- Marc Meyers (vocal, organ)
- Elko Blijweert (guitar)
- Jacki Billet (bass)
- Heyme Langbroek (trumpet, sax)
- Aarich Jespers (drums)
- Dirk de Hooghe (percussion)
And most of the time :
- Stef Kamil Carlens (vocal, keyboards, percussion)
- Mauro Pawlowski (voacl, guitar)
- Craig Ward (guitar)
- Piet Jorens (percussion)
- Buni & Simon Lenski (strings)
- "Viking" Dave Robertson (vocals, ac. guitar)
- Mathias Broekaert (sax, melodica)

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Albums :
- Doc's Place, Friday Evening (CD, Knitting Factory Works, 1996)
- In Coffee We Trust (10", Knitting Factory, 1996)
- The Lost Souls Convention (CD, Heaven Hotel, 1997)
- In a Service Station (CD, Heaven Hotel, 1999)

Websites :
- my review of "In a service Station"
- Rudy's great ideas is a great site about everything related to Rudy Trouvé.
- Kiss My Jazz in the Antwerp Music Pages
- Hobbes' Kiss My Jazz-page
- a review of "In the Lost Souls Convention"
- review of "Doc's Place Friday Evening" at Ultra.

Forum :
- Read the messages/questions about Kiss My Jazz
- Add your message, question, cd- or concertreview ... about Kiss My Jazz

 

 

   
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