Ig Henneman Kwintet | in Grassetto

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in Grassetto

by Ig Henneman Kwintet

"Her compositions inspire performances which are anything but ordinary, the collective improvising often breathtaking. The balance between melody and abstraction, rhythmic drive and ballad tones, keeps it all sounding brilliantly right." Doug Lang, CODA
Genre: Avant Garde: Structured Improvisation
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Brug (voor Nedley) (Feat. Ig Henneman, Hein Pijnenburg, Bart van der Putten, Wilbert de Joode & Fred van Duynhoven)
8:30 $1.99
2. Gaas
5:31 $1.99
3. Ghiribizzoso
4:53 $1.99
4. Himalaya
9:32 $1.99
5. In Grassetto
5:11 $1.99
6. Violaceo
5:58 $1.99
7. Domino
3:29 $1.99
8. Dee
2:52 $1.99
9. Muur
7:11 $1.99
10. Astou
6:44 $1.99
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Album Notes
Ig Henneman – viola
Hein Pijnenburg – bass clarinet
Bart van der Putten – alto saxophone
Wilbert de Joode – double bass
Fred van Duynhoven – drums

The majority of musicians in Henneman’s quintet are primarily active in jazz and improvised music, but even though in Grassetto is Henneman’s jazziest album its overwrought, dissonant tones make it clear that Henneman’s musical outlook and tastes are very broad in scope and that she certainly does not allow herself to be hemmed in by a single genre. The opening track is ‘Brug (voor Nedly)’ – Bridge (for Nedly) – a title that is short and to the point in typical Henneman style. The Nedly to whom the composition is dedicated is of course Nedly Elstak. Henneman followed improvisation workshops with this celebrated composer, bandleader and trumpeter, and she played in several of his bands. Elstak died on 5 August 1989, less than a year before in Grassetto was recorded. Those workshops were a first step on the road to a flexible conception of music, but it is the word ‘bridge’ that is so telling. From the very first track of in Grassetto, what one can perceive taking shape is without doubt a highly idiosyncratic amalgam of musical styles. Henneman is building bridges between improvised and classical music, between pop and jazz, between early music and contemporary classical. In itself that is not so remarkable; it is the fluidity of the process that is striking. In the title track, for example, a simple, classical-sounding theme shifts perfectly naturally into a rock riff. Within Henneman’s oeuvre, in Grassetto is in any case the album in which the rhythm section is most prominent, sometimes spilling over into unabashed groove, while on later albums such rhythmical emphases are more often intimated than actually enunciated. The daring modulations and an angular directness are aspects that foreshadow Henneman’s later work, betraying her love of the headstrong punk rock of, for example, Ian Dury. Strong, intentionally unpredictable rhythms combined with the guttural tones of the bass clarinet form a stark contrast with thinner upper registers, that of the viola in particular. Set down on disc 20 years ago, in Grassetto is still a convincing and successful early sampling of a highly personal sound. Here Henneman’s wide-ranging musical preferences are still largely organised into a linear succession, like a patchwork; later on they will coalesce to a greater degree.

Performing Colour: Mischa Andriessen

Recorded in May 1990
all compositions Ig Henneman
recorded by Dick Lucas DATA RECORDS May 1990, Vredenburg Utrecht
editing Dick Lucas & Ig Henneman

photography Camilla van Zuylen
graphic design Greetje Hopmans




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