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EXCLUSIVE! FIRST-EVER DIGITAL RELEASE ANYWHERE! (SAJ-17) http://www.fmp-label.de/freemusicproduction/labelscatalog/saj17.html . DIGITALLY REMASTERED. A true gem. Willem Breuker, best known for his big band efforts, has a rare chance to stretch out in this intimate duo setting. His partner is the under-recorded and brilliant pianist Leo Cuypers. The pair offers up startling stylistic juxtapositions from pop melodies to manic marches to stirring Klezmer; quote Beethoven and Charlie Parker; and deliver humorous interludes and bracing bravura passages. You will dig it!
"The two share an obvious affinity for a balanced approach to freedom/composition, a willingness to mess with traditional forms, and a tendency toward humor both subtle and broad. Highlights of the show include a humorous deconstruction of "There's No Business Like Show Business" and a moving tribute to the recently deceased saxophone wizard Rahsaan Roland Kirk, with Breuker on soprano and tenor saxophones simultaneously." - All Music Guide
"Breuker is a formidable musician who will come at you with hymns, folk tunes, show tunes, pastoral ditties, etc. Cuypers provides an anchor in various piano textures and wanderings, and their work spans vaudeville through free jazz." - The Grackle
"Cuypers kind of comes out of Jarrett to an extent, but more liquid and with an almost unfailing sense of melodicism. More's the pity he was so inactive for such a long time. This disc is much more raw than WBK material from around the same time and sounds rather refreshing now." - Brian Olewnick, Just Outside
released 31 July 1978
Willem Breuker: soprano, alto & tenor saxophone, b-flat & e-flat clarinet
Leo Cuypers: piano
Recorded live by Bernhard Arndt on March 26th & 27th, 1978, during the 10th Workshop Freie Musik at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin.
Produced by Jost Gebers.
CD mastering by Olaf Rupp.
Cover design and photographs by Dagmar & Jost Gebers.