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The Flatlands Collective: Maatjes

Read "Maatjes" reviewed by Troy Collins

Named for the geographic similarity between the American Mid-West and the Netherlands, the Flatlands Collective is a mid-sized ensemble of Chicago-based musicians operating under the leadership of Dutch saxophonist and electronics manipulator Jorrit Dijkstra. A seamless integration of nostalgic European melodies, futuristic minimalism, and spontaneous free jazz, Dijkstra's cantilevered compositions unveil layers of detailed nuance on ...


News: Performance / Tour

Firehouse 12 to Present the Flatlands Collective December 5th

Firehouse 12 to Present the Flatlands Collective December 5th

On Friday, December 5th, New Haven's Firehouse 12 will present the penultimate event of its 2008 Fall Jazz Series, a two-set performance by The Flatlands Collective. The group, which is touring the Northeast in November in support of its new CD, Maatjes (Clean Feed Records), pairs Boston-based, Dutch-born saxophonist/composer Jorrit Dijkstra with five of the most ...



Label: Skycap Records
Released: 2007
Track listing: Wire Tap; Gnomade; Five to Twelve; Flank; Alp Doodler; Mute; Rabbits; Longtones; The 4:08; Slitch; Dipje.


Article: Album Review

The Flatlands Collective: Gnomade

Read "Gnomade" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The Flatlands Collective is a small big band in the Chicago tradition of various Ken Vandermark ensembles. Its leader, saxophonist Jorrit Dijkstra is Dutch, which confuses the clear picture, in that this music is at times more folkishly American than American music. But then again, this whole Chicago revival of jazz has had deep ...


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