Catalog ID: BBB CD 6 + 7
Squidco Product Code: 6277
Format: 2 CDs
Country: The Netherlands
Packaging: Cardstock gatefold foldover
Recorded live in concert at De Werf Brugge, January 30 and Bimhuis Amsterdam, January 16, 2004 by Dick Lucas.
Bart van der Putten-alto sax, clarinet
Frank Gratkowski-alto sax, clarinet, bass clarinet
Frans Vermeerssen-tenor sax, baritone sax
Jan Willem van der Ham-alto sax, bassoon
Joop van Erven-drums
Patrick Votrian-bass tuba
Peter Haex-tenor tuba, trombone
Wilbert de Joode-double bass
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1. Bonsai Frans 4
2. Bonsai Frank 4
3. Bonsai Wolter 4
4. Bonsai Eric 5
5. Bonsai Patrick 5
6. Bonsai Bart 4
7. Bonsai Frank 5
1. Bonsai Bart 5 intro
2. Bonsai Peter 4
3. Bonsai Jan Willem 4 intro
4. Bonsai Bart 5 horns theme
5. Bonsai Jan Willem 4 theme
6. Bonsai Wolter 5
7. Bonsai Joop 4
8. Bonsai Angelo 5
9. Bonsai Michiel 4
10. Bonsai Wilbert 4
11. Bonsai Eric 4
12. Bonsai Michiel 5
13. Bonsai Frans 5
14. Bonsai Joop 5
15. Bonsai Angelo 4
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European Improv, Free Jazz & Related
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"Bik Bent Braam is a 13-piece big band, helmed by Dutch pianist Michiel Braam, which specializes in headspinning avant-traditionalist jazz. As with Ellington, the charts are constantly subject to revision and renegotiation - often right on the stand, where the players peck at them like a flock of magpies. Miniature themes (Braam calls them "bonsai") are stitched together on the fly into zigzag hourlong phantasmagorias where Earl Hines sits next to Fats Domino, calypso next to tango, salon waltz next to grungey rock, and somehow the whole thing just about makes sense. The band features familiar heroes of the Dutch scene like saxophonist/clarinetist Frank Gratkowski, trombonist Wolter Wierbos and cornetist Eric Boeren, as well less celebrated players such as saxophonists Bart van der Putten and Frans Vermeerssen, who both get in some beautiful, razor-edged solos; Braam himself goes from chandelier-crash piano to genial Monkisms without batting an eye. The usual Dutch sense of humour is in evidence throughout, though more elusive and sardonic than the stylized mayhem of kindred groups like the ICP Orchestra or Willem Breuker Kollektief. The results are colourful and tremendously enjoyable: Growing Pains' fleetness and spontaneity leaves most other big band discs in the dust."-Nate Dorward
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"Frank Gratkowski, saxophone. Born in Hamburg, 1963.
Started playing the saxophone at 16 and, following a period at the Hamburg Conservatory (Hamburger Musikhochschule), moved in 1985 to study at the Cologne Conservatory of Music with Heiner Wiberny, graduating in 1990.
Further studies with Charlie Mariano, Sal Nistico and Steve Lacy.
Frank Gratkowski has been working as a soloist in various international formations (Grubenklang Orchester, Klaus Koenig Orchester, Musikfabrik NRW, Tony Oxley Celebration Orchestra, Bentje Braam, BikBentBraam, All Ears, Zeitkratzer, WDR Big band, etc.). Since 1990 he has been giving solo performances throughout Europe, Canada and USA. With his first solo program, he was a 1991 prizewinner in the Musik Kreativ contest. The release of the solo CD "Artikulationen" followed the same year and a new one "Artikulationen II" in 2002.
Since 1992 he has been working in a duo with the pianist Georg Graewe (CD "VicissEtudes"). The duo is often extended through the participation of different additional musicians, such as drummer Paul Lovens (CD "Quicksand") and bassist John Lindberg (CD "Arrears").
In 1995 he founded the "Frank Gratkowski Trio" with Dieter Manderscheid (Germany), bass, and Gerry Hemingway (USA), drums, (CDs "Gestalten" and "The Flume Factor" ). In 2000 the trio has been extended to a quartet by Dutch trombonist Wolter Wierbos (CDs "Kollaps", "Spectral Reflections", "Facio" and "Le Vent et la Gorge"). Since 2003 also appearing as a Double Quartet plus Tobias Delius, Herb Robertson, Wilbert DeJoode and Michael Vatcher. In 2005 he got the SWR Jazzprize.
In 1999 the duo with the Italian trombonist Sebastiano Tramontana has been formed and since 2001 Frank Gratkowski has been performing with a trio including Wilbert De Jode (NL) on bass and Achim Kaufmann (D) on piano (CDs "Kwast" and "Unearth"). Since 2006 he's working with the Trio Gratkowski / Brown / Winant (CDs "Wake" and "Vermilion Traces/Donaueschingen 2009"). He is also a co-leader / composer of the Multiple Joy[ce] Orchestra and got a commission to compose for the ensemble Apartment House by "November Music " (Den Bosch NL) and the "Huddersfield Comtemporary Music Fesitival" (England) in 2009. Further actual projects are Fo[u]r Alto, a saxophone ensemble dedicated to microtonal music and "Artikulationen E" a solo program for saxophone with 8 channel live electronic.
Frank Gratkowski played on nearly every German and on numerous international Jazz and contemporary music Festivals including Vancouver, Toronto, Chicago, New York, Seattle, Quebec, Les Mans, Muelhuus, Groeningen, Nickelsdorf, Barcelona, Lithuania, Warsaw, Zagreb, Prague, Bratislava, Sofia, Bucharest, Odessa and Roma, Huddersfield, London.
He has been teaching saxophone and ensembles at the Cologne, Berlin and Arnhem Conservatory of Music and is giving workshops all around the world.
Furthermore he has performed with Robert Dick, Phil Wachsmann, Radu Malfatti, Herb Robertson, Marcio Mattos, Eugenio Colombo, Peter Kowald, Ray Anderson, Michael Moore, Ken Vandermark, Greg Osby, Kenny Wheeler, Louis Sclavis, John Betsch, Jane Ira Bloom, Connie and Hannes Bauer, Xu Fengxia, James Newton, Muhal Richard Abrams, John Lindberg, Michael Formaneck, Ernst Reijseger, Fred van Hove, Theo Jörgensmann, Phil Minton, Peter Brötzmann, Mark Dresser, Mark Feldman, Hamid Drake, Michiel Braam, Han Bennink, Mal Waldron, Misha Mengelberg a.m.o."-Frank Gratkowski Website (http://gratkowski.com/biography/)
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