Saturday, August 22, 2015

WILLEM BREUKER KOLLEKTIEF – Driebergen - Zeist (LP-1983)




Label: BV Haast Records – BVHAAST 050
Format: Vinyl, LP / Country: Netherlands / Released: 1983
Style: Contemporary Jazz, Free Improvisation
Recorded at Sound Push Studio's, Blaricum the Netherlands, Sept. 12th./13th. 1983.
All arrangements by Willem Breuker
Cover design / Photos by – Reinko Kuiper
Mixed September 15th 1983
Engineer by – Jan Schumman

A1 - Wolkbreuk III ............................................................................ 5:54
A2 - No Wave Samba ...................................................................... 6:06
A3 - Benares. (From Mahagonny) ................................................... 3:50
        Composed By – Kurt Weill
A4 - What? ....................................................................................... 4:59
A5 - Lied Van De Zware Toffe Jongens /
        Pirate Jenny (From Three Penny Opera) ................................. 2:24
        Composed By – Kurt Weill, Vocals – Dick Swidde
B1 - Driebergen – Zeist .................................................................... 9:56
B2 - Dance Of The Knights (From Romeo And Juliet) ..................... 3:55
        Composed By – Serge Prokofiev
B3 - Creole Call Love ....................................................................... 6:30
        Clarinet – Michiel de Ruyter, Composed By – Duke Ellington

Willem Breuker – saxophone, clarinet
André Goudbeek – clarinet, saxophone
Maarten van Norden – saxophone, clarinet
Bernard Hunnekink – trombone
Garrett List – trombone
Andy Altenfelder – trumpet
Boy Raaymakers – trumpet
Henk de Jonge – piano, synthesizer
Arjen Gorter – double bass
Robbie Verdurmen – drums, percussion


 Willem Breuker / Maarten van Norden
 Arjen Gorter / Robbie Verdurmen
Boy Raaymakers / Bernard Hunnekink

Driebergen-Zeist is one of two or three albums released by Breuker's Kollektief in the early- to mid-'80s that represent this band at the absolute peak of its considerable powers. At this point, all the energy that had been a central part of the group since its inception in 1974 combined seamlessly with Breuker's elaborate and complex compositional skills to produce music unlike anyone else's at that time or since. It was a music both experimental and surprisingly accessible, connecting disparate points between 20th century classical music, street songs, and avant-garde jazz, all soldered firmly together by Breuker's devilish sense of humor. Much of the album is given over to covers, all of them performed superbly. Breuker's long-time affinity for Kurt Weill is made clear both in the version of "Benares" (from Mahagonny) and, utterly wonderfully, in his "Pirate Jenny," featuring vocals and new lyrics by the gruff, elderly Dutch actor/singer Dick Swidde, who growls and sputters his way through hilariously. There's also a lovely and straight reading of Prokofiev's Dance of the Knights (from Romeo and Juliet) and a creamy, adoring rendition of Ellington's "Creole Love Call" with guest clarinetist Michiel de Ruyter. Many a "traditional" jazz band could take a lesson from this heartfelt performance. Breuker's own cleverly titled composition "What?" comes about as close as possible to duplicating "Take the 'A' Train" without ever quite getting there -- a bravura demonstration indeed. But the real highlight of this LP is the title piece. Ten minutes long and apparently through-composed, "Driebergen-Zeist" sounds like some otherworldly melding of Ellington, Gershwin, and Carl Stalling as themes collide, disappear, and arise from nowhere, each more gorgeous than the last, and are undermined by false starts, fake endings, and composed "mistakes" (the latter including a delightful section where drummer Rob Verdurmen makes several "wrong" entrances). It's an astonishing work and illustrative of what this ensemble was capable of at its best.

Very highly recommended.



If you find it, buy this album!

11 comments:

  1. WILLEM BREUKER KOLLEKTIEF – Driebergen - Zeist (LP-1983)
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    1. Yo, you've done it again! Thanks a lot for this upgrade of a classic Kollektief album - fffffabulous! :)

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  2. Thank you Vitko; I must listen to the Prokofiev and Weill favorites, but I know I'll have a party with the rest of this album. It must be so! Wonderful!

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  3. Bravo!!! a Breuker I've not, magnific gift; thanks a lot.

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  4. Another great album from this Kollektief! Thanks Vitko.

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  5. Vikto, you run an AWESOME blog, one of the best. See all that golden light, Vikto? Yeah man, it's your halo :-)

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    1. Hey, man, you're a poetically exhilarated :)
      Thank you.

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  6. Thanks a lot, Vitko. IMO one of the best albums of the Kolletief, if not the best!!!

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