Menno Daams' Unaccounted Four | Playground (feat. David Lukacs, Martien Oster and Joep Lumeij)

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Playground (feat. David Lukacs, Martien Oster and Joep Lumeij)

by Menno Daams' Unaccounted Four

Tasteful classic jazz in updated arrangements by four of Holland's top jazz musicians.
Genre: Jazz: Chamber Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Stumbling
3:15 $0.99
2. Royal Garden Blues
5:35 $0.99
3. Limehouse Blues
3:10 $0.99
4. Jeannine I Dream of Lilac Time
4:11 $0.99
5. Sleeping Beauty
3:08 $0.99
6. Lullaby of the Leaves
5:25 $0.99
7. All God's Chillun Got Rhythm
3:01 $0.99
8. Charleston
2:43 $0.99
9. Le Vieux Bateau
3:30 $0.99
10. What the Fugue
3:11 $0.99
11. Unguja
2:55 $0.99
12. Reflections in D
4:18 $0.99
13. Autumn in New York
3:26 $0.99
14. Playground
2:56 $0.99
15. Jubilee
3:19 $0.99
16. Exactly Like You
1:54 $0.99
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Album Notes
About the Unaccounted Four

A few years ago, I wanted to have my own jazz quartet to play what is known as "classic jazz". Besides being nice to listen to, I intended the quartet to be versatile, convenient and different. That is why I bypassed the usual format of horn + piano trio. Our instrumentation of two horns, guitar and bass allows for varied tone colors. The venues where we play don't need to rent a piano, and we don't have to help the drummer carry his equipment from the car. As for versatility, David Lukacs, Martien Oster and Joep Lumeij are excellent readers and improvisers. They are also great company to hang out with (convenience again).

Our repertoire dates from the 1920's and 1930's. The earliest piece is the adaptation of Ravel's Pavane de la belle au bois dormant (1912). The latest is Ellington's Reflections in D (1953), not counting my own tunes. While writing the charts, I chose to frame the familiar (and not-so-familiar) tunes in a new setting, rather than following the original recordings. So, for better or worse, the Unaccounted Four sounds like no other band. I promise you will still recognize the melodies, though!

The recording was made at the Pianola Museum in Amsterdam by Joep Lumeij with only two microphones. Minimal editing and postprocessing was done (or indeed possible).

On the last track, Harrie van de Voort operated a pianola which belted out Exactly like you while we joined in. It is the only completely improvised performance on this disc. Autumn in New York is at the other end of the spectrum with every note written out.

I hope you will enjoy the Unaccounted Four's particular brand of chamber jazz.

Menno Daams



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