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The Six Winds: Maihama: Japan Tour 2002 Summer Vol. 2

The Six Winds is actually composed, more specifically, of six saxophones, arrayed from the highest to the lowest: Mariette Rouppe van der Voort, sopranino; Dies le Duc, soprano; Umezu Kazutoki, alto; Andrew White, tenor; Ad Peijnenburg, baritone; and Klaas Hekman, bass. All these players have some tang and smoke in their individual sounds, so that they stack on top of and complement each other, like a really tasty cold-cut sub. Furthermore, all the pieces on the live recording Maihama: Japan Tour 2002 Summer Vol. 2 were written by members of the group, and they all cunningly exploit the resources the six saxes provide.

Le Duc’s “Moeder de Zee” uses humid chords to frame bluesy solos before breaking into a tempest driven by obsessive trills, while van der Voort’s “Snipper” and Hekman’s “Nuages-Segaun” (an arrangement of and an addition to the Django Reinhardt tune) contrast neoclassical melodies with big-band swing.

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