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Amsterdam Jam

by Cotton Club All Stars

‘Amsterdam Jam’ is a tribute to jazz. A formidable CD, featuring excellent musicians. A compliment to Dutch jazz.
Genre: Jazz: Mainstream Jazz
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1. I'll Remember April
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2. Solar
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3. Soul Eyes
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4. Adam's Apple
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6. You Stepped Out of a Dream
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11. Blues On the Corner
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The Cotton Club, lying in the heart of Amsterdam, the Nieuwmarkt, is Holland’s oldest and most loved jazz café. For over sixty years young and old, rich and poor, black and white, listeners and dancers meet here weekly to enjoy their favourite music: live jazz. What connects people in The Cotton Club, audience and artists likewise, is their unconditional devotion to this form of free musical expression.

For the last few years “The Cotton Club All Stars” have been the regular house band. The trio: Dirk Balthaus on piano, Anton Drukker on bass and Dick Verbeeck on drums are joined by four different horn players that belong to the best Holland has to offer you: Dick de Graaf, Efraïm Trujillo, Guus Crommelin and Jorg Kaaij.

Because of the musical qualities of the trio and the horn players, because of the choice of the repertoire and because of the informal setting in which the recording took place, you will be experiencing the unique atmosphere of a live concert at The Cotton Club. Just like in The Cotton Club you will find a tasteful alternation between standards and originals, lyricism and hard swinging, up tempos and ballads, swing and latin. We invite everybody to enjoy this music in his or her own personal way: listen, dance and sing with us on this “Amsterdam Jam” and hopefully we will soon meet you “live” on a Saturday afternoon at The Cotton Club!



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Frank Huser

‘Amsterdam Jam’ is jazz like jazz is life itself.
Cotton Club All Stars
Amsterdam Jam
Hi5 Records

Rays of sunshine, shining in from the Nieuwmarkt through a crack in the door into the twilight zone at the back of the café, reach regulars whispering about the good old days. The un-expecting stranger tastes the aroma of past times. Photos of musicians on the wall act as silent witnesses to distant stories. In the corner of this bar a quartet can be found playing. Jazz. On ‘Amsterdam Jam’ you can smell the odor of this famous Amsterdam establishment - The Cotton Club. Famous for its history, its guests, its owners and last but not least its musicians. The trio Dirk Balthaus (piano), Anton Drukker (double bass) and Dick Verbeeck (drums) are joined in turns by the tenor-saxophonists Dick de Graaf, Guus Crommelin, Efraïm Trujillo en Jorg Kaaij on tenor- and soprano sax. The repertoire? Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Dexter Gordon, Charlie Parker and Billy Strayhorn. And Trujillo and Kaaij each with an own composition. Maybe in first place a compliment to Dirk Balthaus and Joep Lumeij who are responsible for the recording technique. They managed to make this studio recording sound like a live recording reminiscing the intimate sound of the Amsterdam Cotton Club where every Saturday afternoon, jazz music can be heard. Close your eyes and you will be transported into this infamous bar where your hands will be itching to applause each solo. The playing? Swing, up-tempo, ballades, a bit of Latin. Saxes that sound fat, rough and melancholic, which are driven by the swing and the rhythm of the trio. ‘Amsterdam Jam’ is jazz like jazz is life itself. Marked by improvisations, a mix of styles, moving accents, changing rhythms and swing. ‘Amsterdam Jam’ is a tribute to jazz. A formidable CD, featuring excellent musicians. A compliment to Dutch jazz!
Published in Jazzflits year 5, number 10 (2007)
© Frank A. Huser