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Solis Lacus

Tracks :

1. Utopic cities (M. Herr)
2. Peace please (M. Herr)
3. Open air (M. Herr)
4. Little green man (M. Herr)
5. Sea of tranquillity (M. Herr)
6. Remake (M. Herr)

Musicians :

Richard Rousselet - trumpet, flugelhorn, percussion
Robert Jeanne - tenor & soprano saxophone
Michel Herr - piano, Fender Rhodes electric piano, various keyboards
Nick Kletchkovski -electric bass
Bruno Castellucci - drums, percussion
Félix Simtaine - drums (in Peace Please & Remake)

Recorded in April 1974 ("Remake" and "Peace please") and May 1975 (all other titles) at Madeleine studio, Brussels. Released in 1975. LP (EMI/IBC 4C062 96949) (cover at top of page).
It was then reissued as a LP (B Sharp 1001) (cover at the bottom of page).
It was later reissued on the cd Michel Herr : Perspective / Solis Lacus, coupled with the Perspective album.

In June 2012, the album was reissued in France by Heavenly Sweetness, both as a LP and a CD, and with a brand new booklet. See the page on their website. The album is also available on iTunes.

See also a photo gallery of Solis Lacus.

The press / La presse

"Remarquable retour aux années 70 avec le jazz fusion de Michel Herr.
C'est un grand disque, et qui fonctionne toujours, suffit d'écouter "Utopic cities" ou "Little green man" pour s'en rendre compte : ce jazz fusion reste jouissif...
Pour le pianiste, ce Solis Lacus est un jalon dans une histoire. Pour moi, c'est un coup de coeur."

Jean-Claude Vantroyen, Le Soir (B).

" absolute gem...Utopic Cities brings luminaries made for Creed Taylor at CTI to mind. Is the music that strong ? Not too far off it, as it goes...
This definitely stands with the best of fusion coming out of Europe in the seventies. Highly recommended and without a weak track from start to finish."

Malcom Prangel (Echoes, the UK's main Black Music monthly with the best coverage of the funkier side of jazz).