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"Extremen" investigates Bik Bent Braam's outer limits with an approach of no play list, no bandleader, no set tempi, making each performance an adventure.

Bik Bent Braam

Bik Bent Braam: Extremen (BBB)
Label: BBB    
Released in: The Netherlands    

"Jazz orchestra Bik Bent Braam occupies a unique position internationally. Composer and pianist Michiel Braam started the 13 piece band in 1986 and since then it’s become increasingly hard to pin down what’s going to be played during any given performance. Bik Bent Braam is now at the point where it performs without a play list. “I want to play as freely with Bik Bent as with a trio”, says Braam. ”Decisions that I usually make while writing, over solos, orchestration and background, are made by the musicians on the spot.”

Michiel Braam writes his material with his musicians in mind, thus getting the best out of each orchestra member. His love of instrumental boundaries is characteristic. He’ll let the tuba play really high for instance and the trumpet extremely low, giving the orchestra its unique sound.

The program ‘Bik Bent Braam Goes Bonsai’ resulted in ‘the best jazz record of 2002’ according to national newspaper critic Koen Schouten. The 2004 CD ‘Growing Pains’ earned the band praise as ‘the most exciting music machine around’.

The 2008 program 'Extremen' investigates the outer limits of musical possibilities. The typical Bik Bent Braam approach stays the same: no play list, no bandleader, no set tempi; anyone can begin a piece or an improvisation at any time and see if the others will play along. It turns each performance into an adventure."

"California native Michael Vatcher, now residing in Amsterdam, quickly progressed from hitting household furniture to taking vibraphone and snare drum lessons as a child. In California, he played with reedist Michael Moore, with whom Vatcher has had a long musical relationship, John Handy, and Terry Gibbs. After spending a year in New York City, Vatcher moved to Holland in 1981.

Since arriving in Holland, Vatcher has played with such groups as the Tristan Honsinger Sextet, the Martin Altena Ensemble, John Zorn, The Ex, Roof (with Phil Minton, Tom Cora, and Luc Ex), and Van Dyke Parks. Vatcher is also a regular accompanist with the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam, and has an ongoing musical relationship with dancers Katie Duck and Eileen Standley."

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Product Information:

UPC: 8713897902013

Label: BBB
Catalog ID: BBBCD10
Squidco Product Code: 10358

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2008
Country: The Netherlands
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded at Bimhuis, Amsterdam, February 1, 2008.


Jan Willem van der Ham-altosax and bassoon

Bart van der Putten-altosax and clarinet

Frank Gratkowski-altosax, clarinet, bass clarinet and contrabass clarinet

Peter van Bergen-tenorsax, clarinet, bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet and tárogató

Frans Vermeerssen-tenorsax and baritone sax

Peter Haex-euphonium

Carl Ludwig Hübsch-tuba

Eric Boeren-cornet

Angelo Verploegen-trumpet and piccolo trumpet

Wolter Wierbos-trombone

Michiel Braam-piano

Wilbert De Joode-double bass

Michael Vatcher-drums

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Track Listing:

1. Frankx 11:57

2. Michielx 6:14

3. Wollox 6:08

4. Michaelx 5:59

5. Puttex 4:06

6. Angelox 7:16

7. Wilx 6:19

8. Erix 5:00

9. Franxs 7:13

10. Haeks 4:36

11. Pjax 6:00

12. JWX 5:47