Vor rund 40 Jahren erzählte mir Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis wahre Wunderdinge über einen jungen Mann aus Rhode Island, der in seine Fußstapfen treten würde - jetzt ist Scott einer der Großen und mit Markus Gaudriot p, Martin Spitzer g, Karol Hodas b & Walther Großrubatscher dm Stammgast im JAZZLAND
Flat Earth Society (FES), founded in 1999 by composer/clarinettist Peter Vermeersch, is and remains Belgium’s most original and most daring ‘big band’. Not in the traditional sense of the word, but simply because it consists of fifteen musicians. Although the word ‘eclectic’ gives them the creeps, it is difficult to describe their exuberant music any other way.
FES, who dares to flirt with other disciplines as theatre and film and owns the ability to seduce a number of different audiences, from more select jazz listeners to a wild young rock public, is at its best live on stage.
In the past they worked with various guest musicians: Uri Caine, Toots Thielemans, Mike Patton (Faith No More, Fantômas), Jimi Tenor, John Watts (Fischer-Z) and Ernst Reijseger.Mike Patton contacted FES in 2004, to report how much he was impressed by the band’s music.Patton invited FES as support act for his European tour with Fantômas.Patton, impressed by the enthusiasm, decided on a selection of FES material and released, FES-ISMS in 2004 on his label IPECAC Records, a compilation of 19 songs from the six first FES cd’s, an introduction to the FES repertoire for the overseas audience, as it were.Mike Patton said about the album: “It’s really unique and engaging stuff. It’s going to blow people’s minds.”