Double LP version. Gatefold sleeve including liner notes. Independent groove label Sdban Records release Utopic Cities: Progressive Jazz in Belgium 1968-1979 featuring twelve essential compositions from a highly creative period in Belgian jazz. The release follows Sdban’s critically acclaimed Let’s Get Swinging: Modern Jazz in Belgium 1950-1970, released back in 2017. Utopic Cities is an eclectic selection of forward-thinking jazz from the Belgian underground, including the left-field fusion of Marc Moulin’s Placebo, Koen De Bruyne, and Solis Lacus; the intense post-bop of Jacques Pelzer and Lou MacConnell; the cutting-edge soul jazz of Philip Catherine and Open Sky Unit or the otherworldly avant-garde of Babs Robert and the Brussels Art Quintet. Recorded in the aftermath of the revolutionary year 1968, this music is the fruit of a highly creative momentum in Belgian jazz history that produced a unique sound which distinguishes itself from its American source of inspiration by an indefinable characteristic that can be hardly better described than “Belgian”. Features Placebo, Solis Lacus, Open Sky Unit, Brussels Art Quintet, Koen De Bruyne, Raphaël, Philip Catherine, Jacques & Micheline Pelzer Quartet, The Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band, Marc Moulin, Babs Robert, and Lou MacConnell.