The Houdini's: "Best Of" The Houdini's
“Don’t Abuse Our Patience” features tight, crisp horn arrangements and captivating charts as trumpeter Angelo Verploegen takes the helm with a big brassy sound that may lie somewhere between Doc Severinson and bop legend Fats Navarro. Pianist Erwin Hoorweg follows with a burning, swift paced piano solo as the audience seemed overwhelmed by the proceedings. A good time was had by all, which is quite evident here and throughout the album.
On “Too Heavy To Carry”, Hoorweg performs lush, luminescent chord progressions on his piano which is complimented by pleasant horn charts while “No Sweat, Big Deal” is a mid-tempo swing where everyone gets a chance to stretch out. The boys show their goods here along with the usual precision and discipline of a well-rehearsed big band. Gershwin’s “Gone” is tight as these lads experiment in different keys on top of Marius Beets vibrant walking bass line. Barend Middelhoff leads with an urgent and bop-ish tenor sax solo as the intensity and swing give way to a super charged drum solo by Bram Wijland. “Kickin’ In The Frontwindow” is swinging and rambunctious while “No More Yesterdays” features up front Ray Charles-like horn arrangements and soulful soloing. At this juncture it is doubtful that the audience in attendance remained seated.
If you have not heard The Houdini’s, then “Best Of” “live” may be a good place to start. Hold on, because this roller coaster ride lasts approximately 61 minutes as the sheer enjoyment and upbeat attitude is bound to grab your attention. ****
Angelo Verploegen; Trumpet: Rolf Delfos; Alto Sax: Barend Middelhoff; Tenor Sax: Erwin Hoorweg; Piano: Marius Beets; Double Bass: Bram Wijland; Drums
Record Label: Challenge Records