Anyone who is going to listen to the cd of a bass trombonist, prepares for impressive and massive sounds from the lowest registers of the musical pallet. Therefore the name Nana immediately raises questions, because ‘nana’ is the Spanish word for lullaby and babies are attached to the high and softly singing voices of their mothers. That seems an unbridgeable contradiction. It could also be a relativization. In my opinion there is mostly a challenge in this title: the intention to make the usual (sound) image of the bass trombone wider and richer.
That happens primarily through the vocal approach for which is chosen on this cd. An approach that becomes obvious from the selected repertoire and, even more, from the unprecedented lyrics and melodiously with which Ben van Dijk plays his instrument. Also he is accompanied by impressive – and an impressive number of – colleagues.
The title piece, presented as an encore, gives a glowing impression of that vocal approach. The sound warmth, the souplesse and the ease with which the different registers are played make this piece a beneficent listening experience. Ben van Dijk himself took care of the arrangement and also plays the guitar section; this illustrates his love for flamenco and for the rhythmic, melodic and emotional load of (this) music. But let us start at the beginning.
These great musicians and wonderful friends helped me to create this first solo-CD
Martin vd Berg
Remko de Jager
Bart van Lier