A Portrait of Duke catches the spirit of the great master, Mr. Ellington. No small accomplishment. This is a band with a lively rhythm section, first-rate soloists, and horn/reed players who make music soulfully together.
This is a truly international band with members from the United States, the Netherlands (3), Belgium, Germany, and Australia. The extraordinary chemistry of this group likely has to do with old friends playing together, but also with this recording taking place directly after the band’s 1999 European tour. These musicians play with utter confidence and exquisite timing. A big dollop of credit should go to Frank Roberscheuten and Dan Barrett for their stylish septet arrangements.
The line-up of compositions is a mix of classic favorites and surprises while this band brings something new to each track - fresh Ellington! There are so many outstanding solo performances that it seems pointless to single out only a couple. The versatility of the players is also notable, with several of the musicians switching off on multiple instruments. Ultimately, the creativity of the players working as a unit is what lingers so deliciously. This is a delightful recording.
Track Listing: Take The A Train; Swing Pan Alley; I Didn
Personnel: Frank Robertscheuten, clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax; Dan Barrett, trombone, valve trombone, cornet; Tom Baker, cornet, trombone, tenor sax, alto sax; Joep Peters, baritone sax, alto sax, vocals; Onno de Bruijn, drums, maracas; Karel Algoed, bass; and Christian Hopkins, piano.
The best show I ever attended was the Zawinul Syndicate at the Blue Note in 1997. Being the youngest kids in the room, the host put us right in front of the band. The afro-beat electric set blew the roof off the building, an unforgettable sound
The best show I ever attended was the Zawinul Syndicate at the Blue Note in 1997. Being the youngest kids in the room, the host put us right in front of the band. The afro-beat electric set blew the roof off the building, an unforgettable sound. After, my girlfriend and I just sauntered up the stairs to the green room to meet the
band. I posed for a picture with Joe, after talking a little bit about boxing and how to stay healthy while the other guys in the band tore through a bucket of fried