Dick De Graaf Quartet - Moving Target (2007)

Dick De Graaf Quartet - Moving Target (2007)
Artist: Dick De Graaf Quartet
Title Of Album: Moving Target
Year Of Release: 2007
Label: Soundroots Records
Genre: Post-Bop, Contemporary Jazz
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue)
Bitrate: Lossless
Total Time: 56:53
Total Size: 363 MB


1. Cascade 6:59
2. A Touch Of Bela 5:37
3. Deka Deka 6:17
4. Stolen Dream 4:23
5. Climate Change 4:33
6. Why Birds Always Sing 5:59
7. Moving Target 5:32
8. Handiclap 4:28
9. Somsok Orkim Saleb II 5:21
10. Demasque 7:44

Dick de Graaf: tenor and soprano sax
Jeroen van Vliet: piano and Fender Rhodes
Guus Bakker: acoustic and electric bass
Pascal Vermeer: drums

Dick de Graaf's Moving Target is well named, as the tenor saxophonist doesn't stick to one style during these 2006 sessions. Leading a quartet with pianist Jeroen van Vliet and bassist Guus Bakker (both of whom double on electric instruments) plus drummer Pascal Vermeer, the leader starts off very much in a post-bop setting with his potent "Cascade." Several of the leader's pieces were inspired by 20th century composer Béla Bartók, including the haunting "Stolen Dream" and the quirky swinger "Why Birds Always Sing" (the latter with de Graaf switching to soprano sax). Van Vliet's hand-muting of the piano strings in the opening to "Handiclap" gives the piece the feeling of a kalimba (African thumb piano), while this percolating composition never loses steam. The switch to electric instruments is a bit uneven, as the lively "Démasqué" works well but "Climate Change" sounds like warmed-over Weather Report from the 1970s. Still, this is a commendable outing by the veteran musician.
Dick De Graaf Quartet - Moving Target (2007)
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