The Houdini's: The Best of the Houdini's: Live at Kiama Jazz Festival Australia
The second track, "Single Breath Orgy," is a downshift, but is no less effective, and showcases the Cherryish/Hubbardian talents of trumpeter Angelo Verploegen - not to mention the titanic blues sensibility of altoist (and this tracks' composer) Rolf Delfos, whose outrageous solo here sings, swings, and stings. The band's sound is massive here and throughout; even though the Houdini's are only six players, they consistently achieve the sound of a much larger ensemble. Verploegen gets another chance to orate and exhort on "Don't Abuse," and he makes the most of it.
The longest track, the modalish "No Sweat, Big Deal," provides the best opportunity to hear the soloists at work. Each is an accomplished post-bop jazzer, with a clear awareness of the developments and innovations of free jazz - which they incorporate with unerring musical sensibility.
Before closing I cannot neglect to mention the roiling Blakeyesque drummer Bram Wijland. A treasure. An excellent mainstream jazz disc.
Track listing: Headlines / Single Breath Orgy / Don't Abuse Our Patience / Too Heavy to Carry / No Sweat, Big Deal / Bouncin' Mario / Gone / Kickin' in the Frontwindow / No More Yesterdays.
Angelo Verploegen, tpt; Rolf Delfos, as; Barend Middelhoff, ts; Erwin Hoorweg, p; Marius Beets, b; Bram Wijland, d.
Record Label: Challenge Records