280

Brussels Jazz Orchestra: Countermove

Jack Bowers By

Sign in to view read count
Brussels Jazz Orchestra: Countermove The Brussels Jazz Orchestra, which has welcomed in the past such eminent composer/arrangers as Bill Holman, Maria Schneider, Kenny Werner and Phil Woods, and has played the music of noted Belgians Bert Joris and Michel Herr, turns for a second time on this new album to works by its talented artistic director/lead alto saxophonist, Frank Vaganée, whose musical expertise is undeniably comparable to those already named.

Vaganée's elaborate charts run the gamut from blues to ballads, shuffle rhythms to flat-out swingers, opening with "Mr. Iron, Stone, Wood and I, a snappy and refreshing take on George Gershwin's "I Got Rhythm. Another, the mellow bossa "Seasoned, a bounteous showcase for Nathalie Loriers' eloquent piano, was included on an earlier album, The September Sessions (1999). "Walking Away, one of three songs written by Vaganée in 2005 (the others are "Robusto and "Languorous Ballad ), might be more accurately titled "Running Away, as it scampers recklessly from start to finish behind smoldering commentary by trumpeter Pierre Drevet, trombonist Lode Mertens and alto saxophonist Dieter Limbourg.

Vaganée's lustrous alto is front and center on the dreamy "Ballad, Kurt van Herck's evocative tenor on the suitably named "Robusto, Marc Godfroid's fluent trombone on the spirited "Countermove. Loriers frames another stylish solo on the groovy, Basie-inspired "Blues Goose, as do Vaganée and muted trumpeter Nico Schepers. Loriers, tenor Bart Defoort, baritone Bo van der Werf and bassist Jos Machtel carve the lumber on "Mr. Wood. Vaganée returns, this time on soprano sax, to enliven the picturesque "Inheritance, a charming adaptation for orchestra of Flemish composer Peter Benoit's Lied der Vlamingen ("Song of the Flemings ). The sharp and powerful rhythm section, ably supervised by drummer Martijn Vink, is awe-inspiring, as it is on every number.

As I've said before, the BJO is by any measure a world-class ensemble, and Countermove emphatically provides more evidence to bolster that conviction. Vaganée's songs and charts are first-class too, thus making the enterprise even more rewarding. Splendid sound and 77:45 playing time serve also to amplify one's pleasure. A breathtaking big band in Brussels? Believe it.


Track Listing: Mr. Iron, Stone, Wood and I; The Countermove; Robusto; The Blues Goose; Seasoned; Walking Away; Languorous Ballad; Inheritance.

Personnel: Frank Vagane: artistic director, composer, arranger, alto, soprano sax, flute; Serge Plume, Nico Schepers, Pierre Drevet, Gino Latucca: trumpet; Dieter Limbourg: alto, soprano sax, flute, clarinet; Kurt van Herck: tenor, soprano sax, alto flute; Bart Defoort: tenor, soprano sax, clarinet; Bo van der Werf: baritone sax, clarinet, bass clarinet; Marc Godfroid, Lode Mertens, Frederik Heirman: trombone; Laurent Hendrick: bass trombone; Nathalie Loriers: piano; Jos Machtel: bass; Martijn Vink: drums.

Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: De Werf | Style: Big Band


Shop

More Articles

Read Fellowship CD/LP/Track Review Fellowship
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 22, 2017
Read E.S.T. Symphony CD/LP/Track Review E.S.T. Symphony
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 22, 2017
Read June CD/LP/Track Review June
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 22, 2017
Read The Invariant CD/LP/Track Review The Invariant
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 22, 2017
Read Akua's Dance CD/LP/Track Review Akua's Dance
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Daylight Ghosts CD/LP/Track Review Daylight Ghosts
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 21, 2017
Read "Kucheza" CD/LP/Track Review Kucheza
by Sacha O'Grady
Published: January 1, 2017
Read "Imagine Nation" CD/LP/Track Review Imagine Nation
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 1, 2016
Read "Intenso!" CD/LP/Track Review Intenso!
by Jack Bowers
Published: November 7, 2016
Read "Istanbul Underground" CD/LP/Track Review Istanbul Underground
by James Nadal
Published: June 22, 2016
Read "Play All the Notes" CD/LP/Track Review Play All the Notes
by Karl Ackermann
Published: June 8, 2016
Read "Leap Of Faith" CD/LP/Track Review Leap Of Faith
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: July 26, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!