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Breuker, Willem Kollektief: Angouleme, 18 Mai 1980 [2 CDs] (Fou Records)

The late Willem Breuker's Kollektief was an ensemble focusing on jazz roots in theatrical and dramatic performances, emphasing the fun aspects of historic jazz bands with energetic orchestration and soloing, described as a "mix of circus music, jazz and improvisation".

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Label: Fou Records
Catalog ID: FR-CD09&10
Squidco Product Code: 23404

Format: 2 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: France
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
Recorded live at the Theatre d'Angouleme, Freance, on May 18th, 1980, by Jean-Marc Foussat.


Willem Breuker-clarinet, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone

Bob Driessen-alto saxophone, baritone saxophone

Arjen Gorter-bass

Rob Verdurmen-drums

Henk de Jonge-piano

Maarten van Norden-tenor saxophone

Bernard Hunnekink-trombone

Willem van Manen-trombone

Boy Raaymakers-trumpet

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Artist Biographies:

"Willem Breuker (4 November 1944, Amsterdam - 23 July 2010 Amsterdam) was a Dutch jazz bandleader, composer, arranger, saxophonist, and (bass) clarinetist.

During the mid 1960s he played with percussionist Han Bennink and pianist Misha Mengelberg, co-founding the Instant Composers Pool (ICP), with which he regularly performed until 1973. He was a member of the Globe Unity Orchestra and the Gunter Hampel Group.

In 1974, he began leading the 10-piece Willem Breuker Kollektief, which performed jazz in a theatrical and often unconventional manner, drawing elements from theater and vaudeville. With the group, he toured Western Europe, Russia, Australia, India, China, Japan, the United States, and Canada.

He was also known as an authority on the music of Kurt Weill. In 1997, he produced, with Carrie de Swaan, a 48-hour, 12-part radio documentary on the life of Weill entitled Componist Kurt Weill.

In 1974, he founded the record label BVHaast. Beginning in 1977, he organized the annual Klap op de Vuurpijl (Top It All) festival in Amsterdam. Haast Music Publishers, which he also operated, published his scores.

In 1992, Editions de Limon published the book Willem Breuker by J. and F. Buzelin in France. Uitgeverij Walburg Pers published a Dutch translation in 1994. BVHaast published the book Willem Breuker Kollektief: Celebrating 25 Years on the Road, which includes two CDs, in 1999.

In 1998, Breuker was knighted with the Order of the Netherlands Lion.

Willem Breuker died on 23 July, 2010 in Amsterdam. He suffered from lung cancer and had been ill for some time."

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track listing:


1. Pale Fire 12:52

2. Flat Jungle 9:14

3. Tango Superior 4:53

4. Interruptie 6:29

5. Big Busy Band 18:23

6. Marche & Sax Solo With Vacuum Cleaner 8:11

7. La Defense 3:57

8. Sentimental Journey 1:10

9. Bobbert 6:09


1. Acro 5:46

2. Song Of Mandalay 6:03

3. Oh, You Beautiful Doll (Flessenlied) 5:55

4. Potsdamer Stomp 7:07

5. I Believe 3:03
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"Willem Breuker (1944-2010) was one of the founders of the Instant Composers Pool (with Han Bennink and Misha Mengelberg), a member of the Globe Unity Orchestra and the groups of Gunter Hampel and Peter Brotzmann, among others. Formed in 1974, Willem Breuker Kollektief was known for presenting a jazz root music with an emphasis on theatrical performance. Recorded live in Angouleme on May 18, 1980, this double album recovers the historic group with the energy of live performance. The quality of the recording is not the best, but this pair of records is a historical document, showing the dynamics of Kollektief in its mix of circus music, jazz and improvisation. In this unparalleled song, as relevant as the unison of blows or incendiary soils, is the participation of a vacuum cleaner - remembering that "serious as your life" (quoting Val Wilmer) does not invalidate forgetting humor. The music of Willem Breuker Kollektief was original and this edition, although imperfect, serves to remind us of its relevance. Thank you for the initiative of Fou Records."-Fou

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Improvised Music
European Improvisation and Experimental Forms
Large Ensembles
Melodic and Lyrical Jazz

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