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Millennium Jazz Orchestra: Octopus

Read "Octopus" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Octopus, the tenth album released by the Millennium Jazz Orchestra in its nearly twenty-five years of impressive music-making in The Netherlands, is actually an eight-part suite by composer / arranger Joan Reinders devoted to one of the sea world's more fearsome and enigmatic creatures. The thematic essay spans the whole nine yards, from “Evolution" and “Environment" to “Food," “Procreation" and several diverting stops in between. It was recorded in concert in May 2018 at Theater Bouwkunde Deventer. ...

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Rose Ellis: Like Songs Like Moons

Read "Like Songs Like Moons" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

After a promising beginning in the Netherlands--success with the Dutch pop group, Roos, prestigious schooling and prestigious awards--vocalist/songwriter Rose Ellis came to New York, with a scholarship from the Dutch government and jazz on her mind. She earned her master's degree at the Aaron Copland School of Music, a solid start. And now her jazz debut: Like Songs Like Moons. It's an obvious labor of love, beginning with Rose's own composition, “Satellite," that opens with pianist Glenn Zaleski ...

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Michiel Stekelenburg 5: Layers

Read "Layers" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Dutch guitarist/composer Michiel Stekelenburg expands his group to a quintet for his second album as a leader. Joined by saxophonist Efraim Trujillo, pianist Jeroen Van Vliet, bassist Guus Bakker, and drummer Pascal Vermeer he presents a sharp set of contemporary jazz originals. The opener “024" begins with folk guitar strumming, a sound recalling Pat Metheny, clearly a significant influence. That impression is confirmed by the implied dedication in the closing tune's title “Letter To Missouri" (Metheny's birthplace). The ...

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Polder: Polder

Read "Polder" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Polder is a Dutch quintet, led by bassist and composer Guus Bakker. Bakker has been a professional musician since the mid-90s, with an extensive resumé as a sideman, so it's perhaps surprising that Polder is his debut as a bandleader and writer. His unhurried pace is rewarded by a varied and engaging collection of tunes. Polder's line-up features the slightly unusual mix of saxophone (Nils Van Haften who also plays bass clarinet), trombone (Vincent Veneman), guitar (Andreas Suntrop), ...


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