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Contemplation. On Songs, Russian Chants, Miniatures

by Stevko Busch & Paul van Kemenade

Honest improvisations on anciant Orthodox melodies. Meditative calmness and sometimes Taylor-like roars. An hommage to Morton Feldman's spaces. Soulful sound of one of Europe's famous saxophonists. Delicate accompaniment by pianist. 5* and 4* ratings.
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1. Plotiju Usnuv (part one)
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2. Gospodi Vozvach
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3. Princess Beauty
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4. Svjaty Bozhe
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5. The Mountain
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6. For Russia
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7. With Love
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8. Grieve
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9. Contemplation I
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10. Contemplation II
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11. Contemplation III
2:13 $0.99
12. Contemplation IV
1:26 $0.99
13. Contemplation V
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14. Resolution
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15. Cheruvimi
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16. Cheru
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Album Notes
JazzArt Award winner Stevko Busch and Boy-Edgar-prize winner Paul van Kemenade have known each other since 1995, when they met in the "Contraband" of the Dutch trombonist and co-founder of the Amsterdam Bimhuis Willem van Manen. Occasional concerts since then have always left players - and public - asking for more....

Now you can listen to one of the most experienced living Dutch saxophonists with his strength of musical conviction and wide dynamic range - in dialogue with a German and Amsterdam-based pianist who developed his individualistic style after working with improviser Misha Mengelberg.

There are influences from both South African and ancient Russian melody in this music, which breathes a quiet and soulful atmosphere of contemplation, often coloured with blue elements. Here are songlike pieces without large gestures, strong in their simplicity, but also dynamic rhythms and brilliantly intense improvisation.

Paul van den Belt for 31 July 2010 (NL)

Rating: * * * * *

"... on Contemplation Van Kemenade plays like a young god... from lyrical and melodic, to screaming and ecstatic ... they hit the mark, ... a 'heartfelt performance', ... delightful abundance, ... a great intensity that almost feels religious. ... enigmatic, but intensely fascinating five Contemplations.
An album that grows on you the more you play it. (Or is it that you grow on the album?)
In brief, it's richly varied, and it never becomes dull or tiresome."

Frank van Herk for Volkskrant (NL) 10/06/2010
Intimate and reflective * * * *
"Busch's accompaniment strongly influences the course and the atmosphere of the sixteen, mostly short pieces, ...his touch and phrasing are more under-cooled than swinging, which makes for a nice contrast with the often preaching, blues-drenched sax.
... a real duet album."

Belorussia: Leonid Auskern for nestor, Minsk
"Two pieces ... are based on the works of famous Russian composers Glazunov and Taneyev, ... they are composed with highest regard to the original and are unlikely to meet the objections of the strictest adherence to Orthodox canons.
Busch and Van Kemenade convincingly demonstrate that the jazz language can speak any theme and any trend if dedicated and talented people are involved.
.... get thoroughly absorbed if you need the meditative calm.
.... an inspirational, highly skilful alto saxophone performance by Paul Van Kemenade.
.... deep philosophical content."

Paul van Kemenade - altsax

(Rotterdam/the Netherlands 1957, bandleader, composer, programmer 'Stranger than Paranoia' festival) started his musical career at the age of 13 by studying saxophone and in 1974 he started to study music at the Brabants Conservatory in Tilburg, the Netherlands.

His professional career began in 1976 by setting up own bands, playing his compositions.

He worked as a sideman in a lot of groups and played in several duo's, trio's, quartets and quintets as well as in big bands, e.g. 'The Band', duo 'Van Rossum/Van Kemenade', 'Ed de Vos Prisma Orkest', 'Palinckx & Palinckx', 'Gemeentereinigingsorkest Vaalbleek' and 'Vaalbleek Vokaal' by Niko Langenhuijsen, 'Brevis', groups under own name: trio/quartet/quintet/sextet, several dance-projects, big bands, several projects with performers, poets and painters, 'de Orkaan', with Bennink, Glerum, Mengelberg/Kühne, Wierbos and Bergin, 'The Berlin Contemporary Jazz Orchestra', by Alexander von Schlippenbach with a.o. Kenny Wheeler, Ed Thigpen, Benny Bailey, Gerd Dudek, 'The Surinam Music Ensemble', a duo with Aki Takase, 'Bizar Habit', 'Eric van der Westen octet', was asked by Herman de Wit for a guest co-leadership with Herman for 2 years of the workshoporchestra "de Boventoon" and played in a lot of ad hoc ensembles.

During 20 years ('79 - '99) he tought over hundreds of workshops throughout the whole country and for 5 years he conducted his workshoporchestra the 'Brabants Leerorkest' He had his sextet for a few years and works in 2007 25 years with his own quintet which performed with brass bands, popgroups and different guest musicians from all around the world.

He played together with Wolter Wierbos and Jan Kuiper in the 'Podium Trio' which existed for 12 years and they did more than 200 concerts together and quite often with special guests: Jamaaladeen Tacuma and Cornell Rochester. He played occassionally with the German group '1-2-3-4 quartet' with Christoph Haberer, Matthias Nadolny and Gunnar Plümer, a quintet with John Engels/Jasper van 't Hof/Eric Vloeimans and Eric van der Westen.


1984 he received the 'Podium Prijs' of the S.J.I.N., the Dutch Jazz Foundation.

1998 the 'Jazz in Duketown Award 1998'

1999 the 'Moderne Industriestad Prijs Tilburg'

2000 the 'VPRO/Boy Edgar Prijs', an oeuvre award for professional jazzmusiciens in the Netherlands for their contribution to Dutch jazzmusic.

He has played all troughout Europe, Canada, South-Africa, West-Africa, Indonesia and participates on more than 45 LP's and CD's. Several under own name. He still teaches guest workshops and is living in Tilburg since 1974. For 7 years he was programmer of the jazzseries at the 'Theatre Festival Boulevard' in Den Bosch and since 1993 programmer and artistic leader of the 'Stranger than Para..noia' festival in 'Paradox' in Tilburg.

He has worked with a.o. Alexander von Schlippenbach, Aki Takase, Ed Thigpen, Cecil Mcbee, Benny Bailey, Gerd Dudek, Rob van den Broek, Heinz Becker, Kenny Wheeler, Manfred Zepf, Thomas Heberer, Christoph Haberer, Conny and Johannes Bauer, Joe Sachse, Han Bennink, Willem Breuker, Misha Mengelberg, Niko Langenhuijsen, Sean Bergin, Louis Moholo, Zim Ngqawana, Feya Faku, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Cornell Rochester, Theo Jörgensmann, Eckard Koltermann, Piet Noordijk, Hans Dulfer, Ernst Ludwig Petrovski, Kelvyn Bell, Rainer Winterschladen, Stefan Bauer, Michael Heupel, David Murray,

George Lewis, Jasper van't Hof, John Engels, Pierre Courbois, Willem Kühne, Dré Pallemaerts, Erwin Vann, Philip Catherine, Pablo Nahar, Franky Douglas, Eddy Veldman, George Lewis, Louis Mhlanga,

Toon de Gouw, Leo Cuijpers, Sydney Mnisi, the Metropole Orchestra, Brabants Orkest, Les Frères Guissé, David Linx, Ba Cissoko, Sonti Mndebele, Bhekisisa Khoza, windbands, symphony-orchestras,



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