A smile once a day keeps the bad mood away...but bad mood is far from the mindset of these Dutch masters. Outstanding musicianship and scored parts, marvellous musical microcomedies
Favorite track: Jan De Wit [from La Plagiata].
NEVER BEFORE ON CD! We're proud to make one of the late Willem Breuker's most important albums available again. This live date finds his big band gleefully incorporating everything from pop standards, light opera, funeral marches, and shoo bop into their freewheeling brand of free jazz. The Kollektief offers both drama and inspired moments of humor, making for sheerly enjoyable music that's joyful and fun!
Immediate download of 6-track album in your choice of 320k mp3, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire.
"The music is really funny, dramatic, and happy all at once. The soloists are just superb, but Willem Breuker, who wrote most of the music, and Willem van Manen are most in tune with the real time of their music. A most powerful music, full of many surprises." - Coda
"An album that's essential to a full understanding of Breuker's music." - All Music Guide
"It’s excellent, this sort of free association jazz. Much here is extremely humorous and plucky and a bit maniacal – but a tremendous joy." - Cadence
4 stars - Penguin Guide to Jazz
Willem Breuker Kollektief
Willem Breuker: saxophones & clarinets
Bob Driessen: alto saxophone
Maarten van Norden: tenor saxophone
Ronald Snijders: flute
Boy Raaijmakers: trumpet
Willem van Manen: trombone
Bernhard Hunnekink: trombone
Jan Wolff: French horn
Leo Cuypers: piano
Arjen Gorter: double bass
Rob Verdurmen: drums
Recorded live by Jost Gebers on November 5th, 1975, during the Total Music Meeting at the Quartier Latin in Berlin.
CD mastering by Jonas Bergler.
Produced by BVHaast and Free Music Production. Released in conjunction with BVHaast.
Cover design by Jost Gebers.
Photograph by Landesbildstelle Berlin.