|Recorded Januari 2003 at the BIMhuis, Amsterdam, and Mirasound, Amersfoort.
This is the second disc from the Drummers Double Bill ensemble and it features Rob Verdurmen & Arend Niks on drums, Arjen Gorter on double bass (from the Breuker Kollektief), Corrie Van Binsbergen on guitar, George Pancraz on trumpet, Joost Buis on trombone and Rutger Van Otterloo & Frans Vermeersen on saxes. For their second engaging disc, the Drummers Double band collaborated with the poet Jan Wolkers, who contributed five "poems about life". The music was recorded live on two nights in January of 2006 and Jan's reading of his poems was added afterwards. Although I was previously familiar with only three of the eight members here (Gorter, Buis & Vermeersen), the octet are a particularly spirited bunch.
"IJskoman Op Kook" opens and blends tight, quick jazz and rock elements with a strong squealing solo from Mr. Otterloo on bari sax and played with great spirit. The last section slows down to a rather circus-like ending. The next five pieces feature the poetry of Jan Wolkers, yet the words are used minimally. The music on "The Beginning" is quirky and fun and covers a variety of styles. This music is difficult to pin down since it covers a wide variety of influences and keeps changing in unexpected ways. Most of it seems written with very little room for improv, except for a few short solos. Much of this music has that humorous quality than is so often found in the ICP Orchestra and the Breuker Kollektief. I dig on "Broodbeleg", when a section complex marching music appears out of nowhere, then Arjen takes a great acoustic bass solo, followed by a fine trumpet solo by Mr. Pancraz. The music seems to have a story like quality, as the scenery changes with each poem excerpt. Guitarist Corrie Van Binsbergen takes a great (Zappa-like) fusion guitar solo on the slow, sly piece, "The Wrong Place". "No U-Turn" is a lovely, laid-back piece featuring some fine trombone, soprano sax and trumpet, a well-constructed work. "Wake Up Call" is a thoughtful drum duet and finally "Adam the Jazzant Is Back" is a fitting ending with tight, frisky, slightly funky arrangements and another spirited guitar solo.
For those of you scared away by the thought of the spoken word used here, it is quite minimal, not in English and the music is wonderful throughout.
Drummers Double Bill: Rob Verdurmen (d), Arend Niks (d), Corrie van Binsbergen (g), Arjen Gorter (b), Alex Coke (ts, ss, f), Rutger van Otterloo (bs, ss), Jan van Duikeren (tp), Joost Buis (tb)
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