Bo van de Graaf: ShinjukuBy
When van de Graff switched from piano to saxophone many years back, the change was inspired by the playing of Archie Shepp, Gato Barbieri, and John Coltrane. The album's title is derived from the Tokyo theater where Coltrane played his first Japanese concert. In these sparse settings, van de Graff steps back from his substantial body of sonic collage with thirteen compact and compelling compositions. The saxophonist's stylish melodic lines on "Shinjuku #2 'Springtime'" (on alto saxophone) and "Shinjuku #3 'Benny Golson'" (tenor saxophone) are infused with dark atmospherics. More visceral is van de Graff's solo sopranino saxophone piece "Shinjuku #7 'André Popp'" and the intense "Shinjuku #12 'Sopranino & Arabs'" with an uncredited ensemble of "Arab percussionists."
Shinjuku builds in intensity over approximately an hour. The album's single ensemble piece, "Shinjuku #8 'Intense'" is a bit of an outlier, feeling closer to van de Graff's unconventional large group works; however, it is no less gripping. Van de Graff's homage to his saxophone inspirations incorporates only a kernel of those influences in his unique approach. Shinjuku is soulful, urgent, and very satisfying; it is worth seeking out for fans of solo and duo saxophone performances.
Shinjuku #1 “Olanda In Due”; Shinjuku #2 “Springtime"; Shinjuku #3 “Benny Golson”; Shinjuku #4 (Solo Altosax) “Sax&Bass”; Shinjuku #5 (Group) “Ad Libido”; Shinjuku #6 (Duo) “Olanda In Due Italy”; Shinjuku #7 “André Popp”; Shinjuku #8 “Intense”; Shinjuku #9 “Tender”; Shinjuku #10 “Sax & Drums”; Shinjuku #11 “Ruhig”; Shinjuku #12 “Sopranino & Arabs”; Shinjuku #13 “The Sopranos”.
Bo van de Graaf: saxophone, alto.
Bo Van De Graaf: soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, sopranino saxophone; Arjen Gorter (5), Dion Nijland (8), Mark Peters (4): bass; Fred Van Duijnhoven (5), Makki Van Engelen (8): Tootie Heath (10): drums; Albert Van Veenendaal (8), Frank Van Merwijk (5), Michiel Braam (1, 6): piano; George Dumitriu (8): violin; Annelie Koning (8): voice.
Title: Shinjuku | Year Released: 2023 | Record Label: icdisc
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