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New Crosscurrents Live Bimhuis Amsterdam

by New Crosscurrents

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Crosscurrent 06:44
Extrucage 10:27
Westkust 05:05
Denzil 06:16
Konitzology 04:12
Marshcello 10:14
Non-Stop 05:18
Wow 06:28


Driff Records 1405 (digital download only)

Recorded by Dick Lucas on November 20th, 2003 at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam.
Cover art by Raoul van der Weide, design by Hidde Dijkstra


released July 1, 2014

Jorrit Dijkstra - alto saxophone
David Kweksilber - tenor and alto saxophone
Wiek Hijmans - guitar
Guus Janssen - piano
Raoul van der Weide - bass
Wim Janssen - drums

Crosscurrent and Wow by Lennie Tristano
Extrucage, Westkust, Konitzology, Marshcello, Non-Stop by Guus Janssen
Denzil by Wiek Hijmans
Wunderbarplatz by David Kweksilber

In the fall of 2003, Dutch sextet New Crosscurrents came together as a short-lived extension of the quartet Sound-Lee!, which was dedicated to the early compositions of cool jazz alto saxophonist Lee Konitz. Guus Janssen and Jorrit Dijkstra had shared a fascination for the lucid sound of the Tristano school, with it’s contrapuntal improvisations, it’s fluid phrasing, and it’s bare-bones use of the rhythm section. New Crosscurrents played a few concerts with a mix of pieces by Lennie Tristano from the legendary 1949 record Intuition (which featured the first recorded experiments in free improvisation in jazz history) and transcriptions of George Russell’s masterworks Ezz-thetic and Concerto for Billy the Kid (not included in this release). But mainly the sextet interpreted a set of Guus’ works, that juxtapose shapes and forms from the cool jazz period into newly constructed compositional gems. The sudden cutoffs and improvisational blocks in these pieces resemble Guus’ earlier experiments with game pieces and clear collective improvisational forms. It also shows the influence he had on other Dutch composers and improvisers after him, walking the lines between contemporary classical music and jazz. It’s clear that the objective of this project was not to repeat history, but to expand on it, as a study in the relationship between composition and improvisation.


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