Francis Coppieters - Piano Viberations LP
Label: Be With
Release Date: November 23rd, 2018
Be With Records present a reissue of Francis Coppieters's Piano Viberations, originally issued in 1975. Piano Viberations' "small group jazz featuring piano and vibes with rhythm" makes for a gorgeous Coppieters showcase, and is surely one of Belgium's best-kept musical secrets. Piano Viberations is arguably the most low-key of the KPM and Themes records Be With is re-issuing, but is easily their current favorite. "The Open Highway" is the appropriately-named opener, and immediately demonstrates Coppieters' dexterous interplay between piano and vibes in assured, joyous fashion. The shuffling bossa of "Sales Notes" is a jaw-dropper, well-mined by samplers with impeccable taste. The mellow head-nod drum-break that is "Funky Chimes" brilliantly demonstrates Coppieters' quiet majestic side with its slow-motion funk rhythm with beautifully reflective notes throughout. The upbeat and joyful "Cross Talk" closes out side A. Vibes and piano are definitely at the heart of the arrangement here. The quick cut movement of "Piano In Transit" is another gem, driven principally by piano but those vibes along for more than just the ride. On a more gentle, elegiac note, "To Shearing With Love" is a warm, slow, romantic piece in the style of George Shearing. It's plaintive and sublime. Piano Viberations is one of those rare library records the original description of which makes as much sense now as it did when it was first released. Piano and vibes with rhythm indeed. Be With has worked with the hallowed KPM to re-issue ten of our favorites from across the KPM 1000 Series and the Themes International Music catalogue, currently under KPM stewardship. Whether it's killer soul-funk, sweet jazz-samba, scuzzed-up guitars or accidental Balearic beauty, these records include some of the most innovative work from some of the most talented composers and musicians of the 20th century. These records were never readily available, being originally released as a ready-made, affordable alternative to commissioning music for television and radio. Consequentially the originals have been unobtainable for decades by all but the most dedicated collectors. The audio for all ten re-issues comes from the original analog tapes and has been remastered for vinyl by Be With regular Simon Francis. The same care has been taken with the sleeves, handing the reproduction duties over to Richard Robinson, the current custodian of KPM's brand identity.