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Aida
BVHAAST CD 1001

Tracks:

1- Ouverture
2- Su del Nilo
3- Ritorna Vincitor
4- Numi Pietá
5- Gran Sacerdotessa
6- Gloria al Egitto
7- Danza Sacra
8- Gli sciavi mori
9- Pietá ti prenda del mio dolor
10- Patria mia (mai piú)
11- Nel fiero anelito
12- Amneris tango
13- Fuggiamo in deserto
14- Marcia triomfale

All compositions :

Giuseppe Verdi arrangements :
Bo van de Graaf , Jeroen Goldsteen (6,11) Carel van Rijn (9)

Musicians:

Bo van de Graaf soprano,alto,tenorsax;
Frank Nielander alto, baritonesax;
Wouter van Bemmel & Jeroen Doomernik trumpet;
Nico Nijholt trombone
Jeroen Goldsteen piano
Hans Hasebos marimba /samples (3,7,11,12)
Ernst Reijseger cello (3,7,11,12,13)
Quirine Melssen vocals (4,8)
Carel van Rijn bass;
Fred van Duijnhoven drums.

Recorded by

Chris Weeda live at the Bimhuis Amsterdam and studio Le Roy January/april 2001

 


[Review Peter Margasak]
Since forming I Compani back in 1985, leader/saxophonist Bo van de Graaf has had this small orchestra explore a wide variety of nonjazz styles, from the film music of Nino Rota to original compositions steeped in tango and circus music-van de Graaf is himself a descendant of an Italian circus family. The group's most recent project finds them interpreting Giuseppe Verdi's opera Aida (Bvhaast) and taking great artistic liberty along the way. Vocalist Quirine Melssen appears on a few tracks-revealing operatic qualities, but singing with a rhythmic elasticity that complements I Compani's jazzy, stylistic pastiche nicely-but most of the album's 14 tracks are instrumental. It's hard to avoid comparisons to some of Carla Bley's more ambitious work and the more recent composition-obsessed output of fellow Dutchman Willem Breuker, but van de Graaf does put his own spin on the material. There are inspired improvisations, sly opera samples and stretches of bold style shifting-tango, blues, cabaret-and most of it is well done. It just seems like the group spent more time displaying its cleverness than thinking about its expressiveness.