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Dick de Graaf: Trio Nuevo - Jazz Meets Tango

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Saxophonist Dick de Graaf's restless and inquisitive musical imagination is on display once more with the enchanting Trio Nuevo - Jazz Meets Tango. The album's (and group's) title is a direct reference to Astor Piazzolla (b. March 11, 1921, d. July 4, 1992) and the music he created: Tango Nuevo. Piazzolla himself was constantly searching for new ways to express himself musically, starting out playing traditional Argentinean tango on the bandoneon but dropping it entirely before he was thirty. He went to Paris in 1954 to study classical composition with Nadia Boulanger, who famously told him, “Astor, ...

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Dick de Graaf: Moving Target

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Possessing a tight sound that cuts through the rest of the band, saxophonist Dick de Graaf spins lines and ideas with abandon on Moving Target. If an album can be thought of as a calling card that gives an idea of how the band would sound live, then this album should produce plenty of gigs. Crackling with energy and fine band interplay from beginning to end, Moving Target contains ten originals, of which “Deka Deka" and the title tune are rearrangements of compositions from earlier times. Five tunes are from a commission by Radio Magyar that uses ...



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