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by Raoul van der Weide

Modern improvised music/free jazz/avant-garde
Genre: Jazz: Free Jazz
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2. Etude Raoul Van Der Weide
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3. Polish and Perish Raoul Van Der Weide
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4. Close-up in Slow Motion Raoul Van Der Weide
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5. Ankerwolken Raoul Van Der Weide
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6. Song of Facts Raoul Van Der Weide
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7. Arcondition Raoul Van Der Weide
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8. Bokkenrijdersvariatie Raoul Van Der Weide
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Raoul van der Weide (1949, Fontenailles/France)studied classical violin till 1966 and then started playing and researching new and adventurous possibilities of the double bass in order to develop a personal language and expression as an improviser.

Although basically autodidactic on the instrument he studied classical bass with John Clayton and Norma Brooks and counterpoint with dutch composer/pianist Guus Janssen.

Raoul van der Weide is active as a professional bassplayer since the mid 70's, cooperating with musicians like Guus Janssen, Ernst Reyseger, Han Bennink, Misha Mengelberg, David Kweksilber, Herb Robertson, Konrad 'Conny' Bauer, lol Coxhill, Steve Lacy, Derek Bailey, Tristan Honzinger, Paul Termos, Tobias Delius, Michael Moore, Ab Baars, Peter van Bergen, Luuk Houtkamp, Marc Charig, Vincent Chancey, Augusto Forti, Joost Buis and others.



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Frank van Herk

Listening to this cd will gives an intense musical experience.
Raoul van der Weide dedicates these 10 contra bass solo's to his friend and colleague, the composer and saxofonist Paul Termos who passed away may 2007. This personal connection ensures that 'Passages' is significantly more than the mere dispaly of technical achievements or an ex-ploration of sound. All the pieces are straightforward and frequently a poigant expression of a thoughtful and emotional being. Raoul van der Weide's major source of inspiration is David Izenzon, the nimble improviser and melodious bassist who at one time was Ornette Coleman's sideman. On this disc you hear the same creative agility, although at times you are instinctively reminded of Charles Mingus, particularly his 'Conversations' with Eric Dolphy on bass-clarinet where the two battle one another and eventually make up. Likewise, van der Weide's contra bass intermittingly speaks, wails, roars and shouts, especially on 'Bokkenrijdersvariatie'('Goat Riders variation'), the only piece based on a composition by Termos. A cd consisting entirely of bas solo's puts some people off and it is by no means easy listening, but for those who overcome their preconceived ideas will be rerwarded with an intense musical experience.

Henning Bolte

This music offers the listnener an amazingly rich sounding framework
When a bassist takes a solo, the atmosphere becomes silent and tension raises. The refractory character of the instrument shows itself in its vulnerable but selfconscious nakedness. The player attacks the instrument in order to let it sing and express its unaccompanied voice. And after this musical act is done the instrument merges again into the ensemble sound. If you are playing solo on double bass, you are the one and only responsible to create an interesting musical tension. In his 10 passages - transitions - all between 3'30" and 5'30", Raoul van der Weide is managing in doing so in an excellent way. He produces musical information in a clear structured way and works it out in smaller elements within the larger form. He starts with a talking bass which' diction reminds of and resambles a living person. You hear children's songs that end up in a subtle and differently expected musical solution - passages with beautifully shifting soundfigurations, ritornello's etc. which gives the instrument a mysterious but outspoken sounding transparancy. Every piece produces strong visual associations, creates it's particular images: Buster Keaton scenes, busy alchemists, teasing flies, goat riders (in Paul Termos' composition). Besides you hear sounds of a lot of other instruments like the balafone, lyra, koto, but you also hear clouds, whales. This whole improvised framework offers amazingly rich possibilities for the listening ear and.... the mind that can handle it.