Friday, October 17, 2014

Jorrit Dijkstra's Pillow Circles, Live Bimhuis Amsterdam

Jorrit Dijkstra and his ensemble Pillow Circles performed a very lively, absorbing set at Amsterdam's famous jazz venue Bimhuis on March 5th, 2011. Fortunately the "tapes" were rolling and captured the band in good fidelity. The result is available on Driff Records as a download-only release

The ensemble gives us very hip versions of eighth Dijkstra works, which themselves are substantial. The ensemble's lineup for the evening was Jorrit Dijkstra - alto saxophone, tin whistle; Jasper Blom - tenor and soprano saxophones; Ilja Reijngoud - trombone; Tanya Kalmanovitch - viola; Raphaƫl Vanoli - guitar, electronics; Paul Pallesen - guitar, banjo; Jason Roebke - bass; Frank Rosaly - drums.

Driff does us a real service by making this music available. It is outside, spanning in its large complexities and filled with individual soloing of note and a group collectivity that is rather mind blowing.

For the modest price of the download you can hear some excellent modern avant jazz. I will simply recommend you do so! That's enough because you can audition the music on Bandcamp. It's important music, to my mind.

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