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Bik Bent Braam
Growing Pains

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

Double CD

"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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June 2006

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Product Information:

Label: BBB
Catalog ID: BBB CD 6 + 7
Squidco Product Code: 6277

Format: 2 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2006
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.


Angelo Verploegen-trumpet

Bart van der Putten-alto sax, clarinet

Eric Boeren-cornet

Frank Gratkowski-alto sax, clarinet, bass clarinet

Frans Vermeerssen-tenor sax, baritone sax

Hans Sparla-trombone

Jan Willem van der Ham-alto sax, bassoon

Joop van Erven-drums

Michiel Braam-piano

Patrick Votrian-bass tuba

Peter Haex-tenor tuba, trombone

Wilbert de Joode-double bass

Wolter Wierbos-trombone

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Track Listing:

CD 1

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

CD 2

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