Newsletter march 2006
JANSSEN- Hollywood O.K. Pieces
Geestgronden 08; Netherlands
Featuring Guus on piano and all compositions, Peter van Bergen on clarinet,
Vincent Chancey on french horn, Michael Rabinowitz on bassoon, Ernst Glerum
on bass and Wim Janssen on drums.
Great hear two of downtown's players sitting in with this marvelous Dutch
sextet. Vincent Chancey has been around for more than two decades, once
playing with Sun Ra Arkestra and the Carla Bley Band in the seventies.
I once met bassoonist supreme Michael Rabinowitz over at Thomas Chapin's
apartment and only know of a few recordings with him, Dave Douglas' old
Mosaic Sextet and a couple as a leader.
Guus himself has some six CDs in print and has long worked with members
of the ICP Orchestra, like Ernst Glerum. Peter van Bergen is another great
Dutch player with a few CDs as a leader as well.
Angelicanzone swings furiously with burning solos from
the clarinet, French horn, Guus' feisty two handed piano and Ernst's bass.
Wim Janssen plays some swell brushes on "Slow-Step", a delightful, playful
piece with moves into fine freer terrain in the mid-section, which contains
a superb bassoon and piano duo.
features some more spacious, rather modern classical-like writing with
eerie clarinet, blustery bassoon and inside-the-piano sprinkles and swirls,
most carefully arranged.
Konitzology does have that cool school, lovely, laid
back vibe, with some fine clarinet and French horn.
Passage is an austere, lovely piece with some glowing
French horn and bassoon elegantly soloing. Guus' sublime composing is
featured on a few of these pieces, gentle, tasty and exquisitely performed
by this fine sextet.
I dig the way Tricot moves between a few shifting sections,
intricate and classical-like one moment with sections of solos woven well
April also sounds playful and free when it begins, has
composed sections sown into the tapestry. Quite a delight.