Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw feat. Jan van Duikeren

Label: Challenge Records
Format: CD
Barcode: 0608917336627
Catalog number: CR 73366
Releasedate: 16-11-12
This album has already been released in Japan in June 2012, now it's available in Europe! The Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw is touring in Japan for the second time, this time with this album. All compositions are written by Jan van Duikeren.
  • This album has already been released in Japan in June 2012, now it's finally available in Europe!
  • The Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw (JOC)  is touring in Japan with this album. It's their second tour in Japan
  • All the compositions are written by trumpet player Jan van Duikeren
  • One of the previous albums of JOC 'Blues for the Date' won an Edison, one of the biggest music awards in The Netherlands
  • The orchestra consists of 18 of the best jazz musicians of The Netherlands
‘Will big bands ever come back?’ has been a perennial question on the jazz scene since the 1950s. Originally it simply expressed nostalgia for the golden years of the swing era which would, of course never return – after rock, soul, disco, funk, rap, and what have you, had taken over as the dominant dance and club music for the youth of the world. However, during the last decades the big bands made a comeback of sorts, albeit in a different function, the big band of today is no longer the backdrop for dancing and romancing, but the jazz equivalent of the symphony orchestra. It gives young musicians the chance to develop their craft, and at the same time it enables composers and arrangers to create music for a larger ensemble than the standard jazz quartet or quintet.

It is precisely with that double intention that the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw was founded.

In 1995, some prominent young Dutch jazz musicians approached the experienced pianist and arrange Henk Meutgeert about starting a big band. The orchestra go a biweekly Sunday evening gig at the famous Bimhuis in Amsterdam, and soon grew to national stature.

In 1999 it changed its name from New Concert Big Band to Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, further proof of the esteem in which the band and its leader were held.

From the beginning, Henk Meutgeert wanted the orchestra to be per- manently challenged, by guest soloists as well as guest composers, from every style in jazz. To mention just a few national and international names: Benny Golson, Chick Corea, Branford Marsalis, Lee Konitz,

Toots Thielemans, Jimmy Heath, Ack van Rooyen, Rita Reys, Cedar Walton, George Duke, Richard Galliano, Trijntje Oosterhuis, George Coleman, Roy Hargrove, Joe Lovano, Joe Henderson, Han Bennink, Johnny Griffin, Misha Mengelberg and Dee Dee Bridgewater.

Meutgeert’s energy and creativity are matched only by his generosity, in giving his band members abundant room to contribute and perform their own compositions, as witnessed by recent JOC CDs.

The album Blues for the Date, with compositions by pianist Peter Beets, won an Edison Jazz Award in 2010. Two years earlier, guitarist Jesse van Ruller got the opportunity to record his music with the band on the CD Silk Rush, And now a third JOC musician, trumpeter Jan van Duikeren, presents his compositions on the album Scribblin’, which I hope you are playing right now. In a way, this CD marks a new step in the band’s development. Jan van Duikeren finds his inspiration not just in the jazz tradition, but also in today’s highly varied music scene. So we hear contemporary grooves (as in the opening Black, White & Brown) back to back with swinging bop beats (Happy Quick Licks), everything held together perfectly by Martijn Vink’s masterful big band drumming. Certainly not to be forgotten are the contributions of Henk Meutgeert and Rob Horsting, who wrote the inventive arrangements of Van Duikeren’s themes. And then there are the impressive solos by Peter Beets, tenor saxophonists Simon Rigter and Sjoerd Dijkhuizen, Joris Roelofs on bass clarinet, trombonist Bert Boeren and guitarist Martijn van Iterson. Of course, Van Duikeren himself is the most frequent soloist, proving the truth of his statement in a recent interview: ‘I play just as rhythmically as the drummer.’

With its combination of explosive excitement and pensive romanticism, Scribblin’ will give as much joy to loves of traditional big band jazz as to forward-looking young listeners. This CD leaves no doubt: big bands have definitely come back.
The 18 members of The Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw (JOC) are the current most talented jazz musicians in The Netherlands. The orchestra performs a minimum of 35 times a year. Very often the orchestra plays compositions and arrangements written by both its musicians and/or the conductor. All pieces are arranged especially for the orchestra. The big band performs regularly with guest jazz artists of the highest standards such as Chick Corea, Branford Marsalis, McCoy Tyner, Lew Tabackin, James Carter, Richard Galliano, Deborah Brown, Madeline Bell, George Duke, Ellen ten Damme, Benny Golson, Trijntje Oosterhuis, Lee Konitz, Roy Hargrove, Dennis Mackrel, Toots Thielemans, Ack van Rooyen, Rita Reys, Bert Joris, Mathilde Santing, Miranda van Kralingen, Joe Lovano, Joe Henderson, Han Bennink, Johnny Griffin, Misha Mengelberg and Dee Dee Bridgewater.

The orchestra was founded in 1996 as the New Concert Big Band. In 1999 the band swiftly moved to centre stage under an arrangement with Amsterdam’s prestigious Concertgebouw to become The Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw. Currently the JOC has more than 35 000 visitors a year throughout The Netherlands, Europe and Japan.