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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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"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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"Arjen Gorter (January 2, 1948, Amsterdam, The Netherlands) played accordeon at age 8, guitar at 12 and double bass from age 16. He is self-taught, but for a few months of classical bass lessons and some semesters of weekly jazz workshops with Theo Loevendie and Nedly Elstak.

He graduated from the Barlaeus Gymnasium and studied political science and sociology at the University of Amsterdam, until becoming a full-time musician in early 1970.

In 1966 he participated in the 18-piece Orkest '66 with which Willem Breuker caused upheaval at the Loosdrecht Jazz Festival, together with Ileana Melita, Gilius van Bergeyk, Hans Vonk, Jan Wolff, Hans Dulfer and others. He also participated in various projects by the Instant Composers Pool ICP in the late '60's.

From 1967 through 1971 active in various groups led by Gunter Hampel with a.o. Jeanne Lee, Anthony Braxton, Steve McCall en John McLaughlin, at festivals in Germany, Belgium, France, Italy and Yugoslavia.

During the first half of the 1970's free-lance contrabassist, for example in groups led by Chris McGregor (Paradiso, Amsterdam), John Stevens (Spontaneous Music Ensemble, Berliner Jazz Tage), Gato Barbieri (Bilzen Festival, with Han Bennink) en Paul Bley (Chateauvallon, with Steve McCall).

Member of the Irene Schweizer/ Rudiger Carl Quartet 1972-1975, with a.o. Louis Moholo. In The Netherlands work with Boy Edgar, Loek Dikker, Hans Dulfer & Ritmo Natural, Herman de Wit and Leo Cuypers.

From 1972 through 1985 cooperation with composer/saxophonist Theo Loevendie in his Consort and Quartet; bassist in groups with Nedly Elstak (e.g. Several Singers and a Horn) between 1978 and 1984.

From the founding in 1974 until the move in 2005 involved in the organisation behind the BIMhuis in Amsterdam; for twelve years board member of the Union of Improvising Musicians BIM; member of the Dutch Arts Council (Raad voor de Kunst) for six years in the '80's.

Arjen was a member of the Willem Breuker Kollektief from its founding in 1975 until the last concert on December 31, 2012, and travelled with this ensemble all over the world, including multiple tours of Russia, China, Japan, India, Indonesia en Australia, and some twenty tours through the United States.

Besides, through the years he is still active internationally as free lance contrabassist/improviser, performing together with musicians ranging from Charles Tyler to Phil Woods, from Sheila Jordan to Suzie Stern and from Rene Thomas to Pere Soto.

He was bassist for the Mal Waldron European Quartet, with John Betsch and Sean Bergin, until Waldron's death in December 2002. Since the millennium he performed with Craig Handy, Alex Coke, Archie Shepp and James Carter, and with the Eric Dolphy 2000 Project (with Breuker, John Engels and Eric Vloeimans). With Toby Delius, Michael Moore and Martin van Duijnhoven he played in the Frank van Bommel Quintet, which toured Canada in 2003. He was part of the Drummers Double Bill and 3DoubleDutch projects led by Rob Verdurmen and Arend Niks, touring in Holland and China.

More recently Arjen did guest performances with ICP, Bik Bent Braam and Available Jelly, and with groups led by Eric Boeren, Jorrit Dijkstra and Ramon Valle.

In July 2011 Arjen organized and co-arranged the project 'Eric Dolphy at the Five Spot Revisited', giving concerts at the BIMhuis in Amsterdam and at the North Sea Jazz Festival, which featured a quintet led by Moppa Elliott and Peter Evans along with Gorter's sextet with Tom Arthurs, Rudi Mahall, Alex Coke, Benoit Delbecq and John Betsch.

From 2010 he plays regularly in trio with pianist Leo Bouwmeester and Alex Coke on flute, bass flute and tenor sax.

A more recent addition is the Michael Moore Bigtet, an octet that combines the forces of seasoned improvisers like Wolter Wierbos with those of younger talent like pianist Kaja Draksler.

Since many seasons Arjen tours the Dutch theatre circuit with I Compani, the large group that saxophonist Bo van de Graaf has been leading for over 30 years, mixing improvisation and composition with film music and live video."

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"Boy Raaymakers (* 1944 ; † December 30 or 31, 2018 ) was a Dutch jazz musician (trumpet, flugelhorn, composition).

Raaymakers studied at the Conservatory in Arnhem and was the mid-1960s the driving jazz innovator in Nijmegen. He first played in the local Charlestown jazz band Dixieland. In 1967 he switched to free jazz. With the Free Music Quintet of Pierre Courbois he was in the same year touring Europe. Then he started his own group that included Burton Greene and Noel McGhee. He was involved in recordings of new music and played in the bands of Boy Edgar, Theo Loevendie and in Orkest De Boventon, whose co-leader with Herman de Wit he was between 1979 and 1989. In 1974 Willem Breuker took him as a founding member in his Kollektief, to which he remained committed for more than three decades (until 2006). He also founded his own quartet with Maarten van Norden in 1977, which initially included Arjen Gorter and Rob Verdurmen and which released the LP Chicken Song in 1979. He also played in the Waterland Big Band of Loek Dikker, in the band of JC Tans (Around the World) and accompanied Greetje Bijma with Michiel Braam's sextet. He can also be heard on albums by Gruppo Sportivo and Sean Bergin."

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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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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"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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