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Amsterdam Jam

Artist: Dirk Balthaus

Date of Release: 23/06/2007

Catalogue no: H5-002

Label: Hi5 Records

Price: £12

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Track Listing

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Title

Duration

1

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I'll Remember April

6.08

2

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Solar

5.33

3

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Soul Eyes

5.33

4

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Adam's Apple

5.18

5

listen

Cheese Cake

5.20

6

listen

You Stepped Out Of A Dream

4.50

7

listen

100 % Halal

6.00

8

listen

My Little Suede Shoes

5.12

9

listen

Never Let Me Go

2.50

10

listen

Lyra

5.42

11

listen

Blues On The Corner

6.16

12

listen

Chelsea Bridge

7.22

 

 

 

 

Dick de Graaf - tenorsax
Guus Crommelin - tenorsax
Efraïm Trujillo - tenorsax
Jorg Kaaij - tenorsax/sopranosax
Dirk Balthaus - piano
Anton Drukker - bass
Dick Verbeeck - drums

The Cotton Club House Trio features four of the finest tenor players Holland has to offer. We invite everybody to enjoy this music in his or her own personal way: listen, dance and sing with us on this 'Amsterdam Jam'.

 

Reviews

 

10/05/2007 Frank Huser

Cotton Club All Stars
Amsterdam Jam
Hi5 Records

Rays of sunshine, shining in from the Nieuwmarkt through a crack in the door into the twilight zone at the back of the café, reach regulars whispering about the good old days. The un-expecting stranger tastes the aroma of past times. Photos of musicians on the wall act as silent witnesses to distant stories. In the corner of this bar a quartet can be found playing. Jazz. On ‘Amsterdam Jam’ you can smell the odor of this famous Amsterdam establishment - The Cotton Club. Famous for its history, its guests, its owners and last but not least its musicians. The trio Dirk Balthaus (piano), Anton Drukker (double bass) and Dick Verbeeck (drums) are joined in turns by the tenor-saxophonists Dick de Graaf, Guus Crommelin, Efraïm Trujillo en Jorg Kaaij on tenor- and soprano sax. The repertoire? Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Dexter Gordon, Charlie Parker and Billy Strayhorn. And Trujillo and Kaaij each with an own composition. Maybe in first place a compliment to Dirk Balthaus and Joep Lumeij who are responsible for the recording technique. They managed to make this studio recording sound like a live recording reminiscing the intimate sound of the Amsterdam Cotton Club where every Saturday afternoon, jazz music can be heard. Close your eyes and you will be transported into this infamous bar where your hands will be itching to applause each solo. The playing? Swing, up-tempo, ballades, a bit of Latin. Saxes that sound fat, rough and melancholic, which are driven by the swing and the rhythm of the trio. ‘Amsterdam Jam’ is jazz like jazz is life itself. Marked by improvisations, a mix of styles, moving accents, changing rhythms and swing. ‘Amsterdam Jam’ is a tribute to jazz. A formidable CD, featuring excellent musicians. A compliment to Dutch jazz! On Saturday 23rd June, this CD will be presented. Where else but in the Nieuwmarkt! (Frank Huser)

Published in Jazzflits year 5, number 10 (2007)
© Frank A. Huser

 

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