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Leo Cuypers: Heavy Days Are Here Again

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Dutch pianist Leo Cuypers makes his political statement in the title of this 1981 quartet disc, an ironic anti- Reagan reference dating to the period during which this record was made. In a couple of ways this disc documents a reunion: at the time, both Cuypers and drummer Han Bennink had been estranged from reedist Willem Breuker after tenures in the Breuker Kollektief and the ICP, respectively. They get back together here, and the result is a burst of rediscovery ...

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Leo Cuypers: Heavy Days Are Here Again

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Originally issued on Breuker’s Bvhaast label the title of this disc has several permutations among them a reference to the realities of Reaganomics, and a putting to rest of past squabbles between the musicians. On a less allegorical level this disc delivers four of the guiding lights in Dutch jazz in synergistic collusion. Given the players’ usual predilections for freer sounds there’s plenty of ebullient playing on hand, but the majority of pieces have surprising melodically tethered centers. Cuypers wastes ...


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