A true gem — and never before available on CD or digitally. Willem Breuker, best known for his big band efforts, has a rare chance to stretch out in this intimate duo setting from 1978. His partner is the under-recorded and brilliant pianist Leo Cuypers. The pair offers up startling stylistic juxtapositions from pop melodies to manic marches to stirring Klezmer; quote Beethoven and Charlie Parker; and deliver humorous interludes and bracing bravura passages. You will dig it!
In the unusually cogent words of All Music Guide: “The two share an obvious affinity for a balanced approach to freedom/composition, a willingness to mess with traditional forms, and a tendency toward humor both subtle and broad. Highlights of the show include a humorous deconstruction of ‘There’s No Business Like Show Business’ and a moving tribute to the recently deceased saxophone wizard Rahsaan Roland Kirk, with Breuker on soprano and tenor saxophones simultaneously.”
And per the always-on-point Brian Olewnick: “Cuypers kind of comes out of Jarrett to an extent, but more liquid and with an almost unfailing sense of melodicism. More’s the pity he was so inactive for such a long time. This disc is much more raw than WBK material from around the same time and sounds rather refreshing now.”