135

Dick de Graaf Quartet: Moving Target

By

Sign in to view read count
Dick de Graaf Quartet: Moving Target Tenor and soprano saxophonist Dick de Graff has built an impressive catalogue of 120 original songs over the years and has been a well-known fixture on the European scene for decades. De Graaf, originally from The Netherlands, is now Rotterdam-based. His recordings consist of over a dozen albums as leader or co-leader. Although he has a reputation for contributing original material to his performances, de Graff also has been well-known for borrowing compositions from such rock musicians as Jimi Hendrix, Sting and The Who, in addition to utilizing themes from Beethoven and Schubert.

De Graff is involved in a tango project called Trio Nuevo (Soundroots, 2006), however his work on Moving Target is solid mainstream blowing. The ten tracks are evenly divided between compositions inspired by classical composer Béla Bartok and a series of jaunty bebop numbers. There are a few distractions, such as when on an otherwise tasty opener, "Cascade," drummer Pascal Vermeer plays partially outside of the beat, while Jeroen van Vliet insists on playing electric keyboards on at least four of these tunes. "Stolen Dream" emerges as the album's ballad and the enigmatic "Handiclap" also proves successful. De Graff picks up the soprano sax for "Why Birds Always Sing."


Track Listing: Cascade; A Touch of Bela; Deka Deka; Stolen Dream; Climate Change; Why Birds Always Sing; Moving Target; Handiclap; Somsok Orkim Saleb II; Demasque.

Personnel: Dick de Graaf: tenor and soprano sax; Jeroen van Vliet: piano, Fender Rhodes; Guus Bakker: acoustic and electric bass; Pascal Vermeer: drums.

Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: Self Produced | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Backlog CD/LP/Track Review Backlog
by Mark F. Turner
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Over the Rainbow CD/LP/Track Review Over the Rainbow
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Before The Silence CD/LP/Track Review Before The Silence
by John Sharpe
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Process And Reality CD/LP/Track Review Process And Reality
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1 CD/LP/Track Review Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 24, 2017
Read The Picasso Zone CD/LP/Track Review The Picasso Zone
by Franz A. Matzner
Published: February 23, 2017
Read "Flowers" CD/LP/Track Review Flowers
by John Sharpe
Published: November 23, 2016
Read "Wonders" CD/LP/Track Review Wonders
by Mark F. Turner
Published: August 12, 2016
Read "The Other Shore" CD/LP/Track Review The Other Shore
by John Sharpe
Published: September 26, 2016
Read "Ena / One" CD/LP/Track Review Ena / One
by Budd Kopman
Published: March 26, 2016
Read "Portraits and Places" CD/LP/Track Review Portraits and Places
by Jack Bowers
Published: March 31, 2016
Read "Colosseum Live" CD/LP/Track Review Colosseum Live
by Roger Farbey
Published: August 10, 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!