Ben van Dijk | Never Alone

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Never Alone

by Ben van Dijk

Proudly I present you my fourth solo bass trombone CD. You will hear seven brand-new compositions for solo bass trombone, all written for me by some of the most talented composers of today.
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1. Intrada
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2. Never Alone
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3. Concertino
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4. Rapsodia Flamenca
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5. Capriccio
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6. My Spanish Heart
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7. Cancion para Cas
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
“Never Alone” will not only feature trombone-ensemble and flamenco guitar – like on my first CD “Nana” – but will also bring you compositions with brass band and string orchestra.
I hope you will enjoy listening to this CD.

Never Alone begins with a spectacular new composition by Steven Verhelst. “Intrada”, scored for nine bass trombones, two tenor trombones and one contrabass trombone, utilizes multi-track recording technology. My friend, Martin van den Berg, a fabulous bass trombonist himself, and I, truly enjoyed ourselves during the process of recording “Intrada”. In this spectacular composition we both make use of “Tools4Winds” straight-, cup- and bucket mutes.

Composed by award winning Dutch composer and trombonist, Ilja Reijngoud, “Never Alone” showcases the wonderful ballade style of the bass trombone. Former students of the Rotterdam Conservatory “Codarts” make up the accompanying trombone quartet of this piece. These outstanding young players currently hold positions in major orchestras throughout Holland and Germany.

The next composition again comes from the creative hand of Steven Verhelst. Scored for chamber string orchestra, “Concertino” features both the technical and melodic palette of the bass trombone. The world première, given by myself, took place during the 2007 “Arctic Trombone & Low brass Festival” in Norway.

Spanish composer, Vicente Egea wrote a Flamenco-influenced composition on my request. “Rapsodia Flamenca”, for bass trombone and trombone quartet.

Egea states that:

The Flamenco language used is the consequence of the admiration for this kind of music that the composer and also the soloist have.

The work is written in a concert style and uses the different technical and expressive resources of all the members of the quartet in an ongoing dialogue that supports the soloist who plays a part of great virtuosity.

The different composition elements of flamenco style like rhythm; harmony and melodic typical ornamentations, are the most used in this composition. At the same time the different themes used come back from the typical flamenco cantes or "palos” as buleria, solea, tiento and fandango that develop the musical discourse in a free shape of rhapsody.

Steven Verhelst’s spectacular “Capriccio” for solo bass trombone and trombone sextet, again features former students from the Rotterdam Conservatory. “Capriccio” was written especially for me and was premièred in November 2005 at the "Trombone Day" of the University of Kentucky.

“My Spanish Heart” again features the compositional talents of Ilja Reijngoud. The piece is commissioned by myself for a performance at the 2006 International Trombone Festival in Birmingham, England. Ilja, in my opinion, has succeeded in his first composition for brass band. The demanding score highlights the special sound typical of Ilja’s writing. The piece draws on both Spanish and jazz-influenced rhythm, harmony, and melody.

The final piece, “Cancion para Cas”, is composed by myself and has a special meaning. On July 12th 2009, my wife and I welcomed our first grandchild, Cas van Dijk. Whenever Cas stays with us, I always play him a little lullaby (Nana in Spanish) on my guitar before bedtime. Cas enjoys his Nana so much that I decided to arrange it into a new piece. “Cancion para Cas” also has additional special meaning to me because Cas’s uncle, my youngest son, Erik , joins me on the other flamenco guitar part.
This last composition of the CD also foreshadows my next recording project, a CD of flamenco and jazz-influenced music composed by Ilja Reijngoud and myself.

* Ben van Dijk, an internationally acclaimed bass trombonist and educator, currently serves as Bass Trombonist of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and Professor at the Rotterdam Conservatory (Codarts). As a soloist and clinician, Ben performs all over the world. Most notably his numerous performances at the annual International Trombone Festival organized by the International Trombone Association (ITA), consistently receive critical acclaim. In 2003, Ben received the ITA Award, one of the highest honors given by the ITA. Previous solo recordings include: Nana (2000), First Song (2003), and Melody (2007).
Ben plays exclusively Max & Heinrich Thein trombones.


Credits:

Executive Producer: Martin van den Berg 

Tonmeister: Louis Raatjes 

Engineering/editing: Martin van den Berg 

Graphic Design: Diana Beekvelt
Cover Photo: Jens Frommann

Participating Musicians:

Trombone quartet:
Quirijn vd Bijlaart, Bart Claessens, Martin Schippers – tenor trombones
Tomer Maschkowski – bass trombone

Extra for Trombone sextet:
Jaume Gavilan and Victor Belmonte tenor trombones

The Fauxharmonic Chamber Orchestra – Paul Henry Smith
Bart Vandenbogaerde - violin
Wladislaw Warenberg – cello

The Amsterdam Brass Band – Frank van Koten, conductor

Martin van den Berg plays exclusively Kühnl & Hoyer Basstrombone

Erik van Dijk - flamenco guitar



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Tim

AMAZING!
I have always aspired to the sound of a German bass trombone but since discovering Ben van Dijk, I have been aiming for the beautifully rich quality of sound that he achieves. This album is testament to his great ability as a musician and his hard work in furthering the repertoire for the bass trombone. Well done BEN!

Jonathan Allen

An original project that should be purchased by trombonists
Ben van Dijk's most recent recording project brings an interesting and exciting combination of instrumentation to the table. This is not your run-of-the-mill trombone and piano for an hour type cd. Nearly every work has Mr. van Dijk has recorded on this album is backed by a different ensemble, from a trombone quartet to brass band to Flamenco guitars. The instrumentation aside, Ben van Dijk plays, as always, at a very high level that will leave professionals, students, and amateurs alike wanting more after the first track. The pieces are executed technically at a high level, the intonation is solid throughout, and the musicality is second to none.

In short, do not make Ben van Dijk's Never Alone the album you skip purchasing. This is well worth the asking price.