CD box WBK Out of the Box

69,00

11 CD’s plus 84 page book in Dutch and English. Presented in 2017

For over 45 years, Willem Breuker played a large part in the musical life of the Netherlands, as a musician, composer, arranger and organizer.
Between 1974 and 2012, the Willem Breuker Kollektief presented an adventurous and innovative mix of jazz, free improvisation, contemporary classical and theatre and circus music, often enlivened by a personal sense of humor.

From this huge body of work, original Kollektief members Arjen Gorter and Bernard Hunnekink have now compiled an anthology, to be found on these 11 beautifully remastered CD’s. Themes such as music for film, theatre and strings are featured, as well as songs and longer, more complex pieces. Many of the pieces presented here are either no longer available elsewhere, or are now released for the first time, including the complete sound track for the film Faust, and the farewell concert Happy End.

‘Willem Breuker Kollektief stalwarts Arjen Gorter and Bernard Hunnekink have taken care of Breuker’s musical legacy and have scrupulously compiled an anthology from this huge body of work which is beyond compare. They are absolutely right in releasing the embodiment of their quest at this moment: something as wonderful as this may not be postponed.’ (Jazz Nu)

‘The CDs come accompanied with a book containing lots of visual material, personal stories about Breuker, historical and musical interpretations, plus extensive information and documentation for all of the tracks. The CDs have all been remastered, making the recordings sound clear, fresh and well-defined. In all there is some four hours of previously unreleased music. The other tracks have found their way into the discography.’ (Het Parool)

‘CDs 8 and 9 contain the music for the silent film Faust, made by the German director Friedrich Murnau in 1926. In 2003 the Paris Cité de la Musique commissioned Breuker to compose a score in which there were to be no improvised parts.’ (Het Parool)

‘The great rendition of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue on CD 5 (Strings) takes up a little over 15 minutes: strongly orchestrated, as transparent as can be, and without the symphonic hullabaloo that so often seems to come with the work. The Willem Breuker Kollektief stays very close to George Gershwin’s intentions and makes use of the original score.’ (Jazz Nu)

Read the complete review at the Jazz Nu website

1974 from left: Leo Cuypers, Willem Breuker, Herman de Wit, Bob Driessen, Willem van Manen, drums: Rob Verdurmen, Bernard Hunnekink, Ronald Snijders, Jan Wolff . photo Igno Cuypers

1977 “to the planes”. from left: Willem Breuker, Arjen Gorter, Maarten van Norden, Rob Verdurmen, Leo Cuypers, Boy Raaymakers, Bernard Hunnekink, Willem van Manen, Bob Driessen, Jan Wolff.

1984 from left: Willem Breuker, André Goudbeek, Peter Barkema, Rob Verdurmen, Andy Altenfelder, Arjen Gorter, Boy Raaymakers, Cris Abelen, hanging: Henk de Jonge, Bernard Hunnekink. photo Vincent Mentzel

1988 Portland U.S.A. from left: Willem Breuker, André Goudbeek, Alex Coke, Andy Altenfelder, Rob Verdurmen, Boy Raaymakers, Joop Buis, Bernard Hunnekink. photo René Eckhart

1992 from left: Boy Raaymakers, Henk de Jonge, Andy Altenfelder, André Goudbeek, Bernard Hunnekink, Willem Breuker, Gregg Moore, Rob Verdurmen, Peter Barkema, Arjen Gorter. photo René Eckhart

1998 airport Amsterdam. from left: Andy Altenfelder, Peter Barkema, Boy Raaymakers, Rob Verdurmen, Henk de Jonge, Bernard Hunnekink, Arjen Gorter, Willem Breuker, Lorre Trytten, Alex Coke, Nico Nijholt.

2004 in China. from left: Arjen Gorter, Maarten van Norden, Hermine Deurloo, Andy Altenfelder, Boy Raaymakers, Andy Bruce, Wllem Breuker, Bernard Hunnekink, Henk de Jonge, Rob Verdurmen.

2009 from left: Willem Breuker, Hermine Deurloo, Henk de Jonge, Maarten van Norden, Bernard Hunnekink, Rob Verdurmen, Andy Bruce, Frans Vermeerssen, Arjen Gorter, Andy Altenfelder, Georges Pancras. photo Pieter Boersma

2017 CD Box – Out of the box

CD 01 BIG CHUNKS

  1. Driebergen-Zeist    Willem Breuker    09’57”
  2. Amsterdam Rhapsody Overture    Willem Breuker    10’00”
  3. New Pillars in the Field of Arty    Willem Breuker    15’05”
  4. Women’s Voting Rights    Willem Breuker    05’56”
  5. Pakkepapèn 1    Willem Breuker    12’11”
  6. Duke Edward / Misère    Willem Breuker    09’11”
  7. Amsterdammed Thoroughfare    Willem Breuker    09’30”
  8. Hawa-Hawa    Willem Breuker    03’43”

total time    75’51”


CD 02    SONGS AND MORE

  1. Sur l’Autoroute    Willem Breuker    04’19”
  2. Deining    Willem Breuker    05’30”
  3. To Be with Louis P    Willem Breuker    04’09”
  4. Concertino nr. 5 in F Minor – Adagio    Unico Wilhelm graaf van Wassenaar    02’48”
  5. Concertino nr 5 in F Minor – Da Capella    Unico Wilhelm graaf van Wassenaar    02’04”
  6. Accordeon Freeze in 3 Parts    Willem Breuker    06’42”
  7. the Joy of Dance in 190 Measures    Willem Breuker    05’52”
  8. Lonely Woman I    Ornette Coleman    02’20”
  9. Lonely Woman II    Ornette Coleman    05’12”
  10. Song for Alex    Willem Breuker    03’39”
  11. Honger, Dorst, Delirium    Willem Breuker    05’04”
  12. Remarkable Girl    Creamer/Handman    03’16”
  13. Night and Day    Cole Porter    12’04”
  14. Song of Mandalay    Kurt Weill    03’55”
  15. Potsdamer Stomp    Willem Breuker    04’23”

total time    71’19”


CD 03    PLAYS AND MOVIES

  1. Maagdenhuis    Willem Breuker    02’56”
  2. Commune    Willem Breuker    02’17”
  3. Overture “Oog om Oog, Tand om Tand”    Willem Breuker    02’57”
  4. De Spaanse Vlieg    Willem Breuker    01’31”
  5. Lied van het Verdronken Meisje    Willem Breuker    02’58”
  6. Mijn Hart is Troebel    Willem Breuker    01’17”
  7. Draaaiorgel Psalm 122    Willem Breuker    01’20”
  8. Reisefieber    Willem Breuker    04’37”
  9. Velocity Tchicai    Willem Breuker    01’00”
  10. On Animal Locomotion    Willem Breuker    14’02”
  11. De Geile Beer    Willem Breuker    03’04”
  12. la Valse de la Bourgeoisie    Willem Breuker    02’27”
  13. L’industriel Danse – Foxtrot    Willem Breuker    02’38”
  14. Anna    Willem Breuker    02’50”
  15. Minimal Kollektief Dance    Willem Breuker    10’33”
  16. Muziek voor Johnny Meijer    Willem Breuker    02’52”
  17. The City    Willem Breuker    01’18”
  18. Bookmakers Office on 122nd Street    Willem Breuker    0’53”
  19. The Cicero Funeral Chapel    Willem Breuker    02’33”
  20. Finale : Deze Kant op, Dames    Willem Breuker    03’12”

total time    68’04”


CD 4    HEIBEL / FUSS

  1. Heibel om een…/Fuss about a…    Willem Breuker    04’47”
  2. Niemandalletje / Mole Hill    Willem Breuker    01’36”
  3. Vooruit dan maar / We’re off    Willem Breuker    05’29”
  4. Met de Geit / In a Cloud of Smoke    Willem Breuker    06’03”
  5. Met Goede Beukdoelingen/ With Good Dent’entions    Willem Breuker    05’13
  6. Zien wij de toekomst / Looking to the Future    Willem Breuker    07’07”
  7. Vol Vertrouwen/Bolero In Faith/Bolero    Willem Breuker    03’37”
  8. Forty Five Steps    Willem Breuker    08’53”
  9. I Gave all my Love to You    Willem Breuker    05’06”
  10. BahThree, Part 2    Willem Breuker    03’33”
  11. Finale Hamburg    Willem Breuker    02’58”
  12. Marche Funèbre    Willem Breuker    09’54”

total time    64’17”


CD 5    STRINGS

Zaanse Pegels:

  1. The Skeptic    Willem Breuker    02’20”
  2. Retsch    Willem Breuker    03’47”
  3. Zaanse Pegels    Willem Breuker    04’30”
  4. Congratulations Cigar    Willem Breuker    06’02”
  5. Worry Lines    Willem Breuker    05’49”
  6. Spanish Wells    Willem Breuker    17’40”
  7. Rhapsody in Blue    George Gershwin    15’36”
  8. Fidget    Willem Breuker    06’24”
  9. Aggie’s Sewing Machine Song    Willem Breuker    02’15”
  10. Sensemayá    Silvestre Revueltas    07’12”
  11. Dance of the Tumblers    Kurt Weill    02’48”

total time    74’38”


CD 6    UMEÅ 1978

  1. Conditione Niente part I    Boy Raaijmakers    03’26”
  2. Conditione Niente part II    Boy Raaijmakers    04’42”
  3. Conditione Niente part III    Boy Raaijmakers    02’39”
  4. Waddenzee Suite    Willem Breuker    06’51”
  5. Hunneswing    Bernard Hunnekink    07’21
  6. PLO Mars    Willem Breuker    04’23”
  7. Antelope Cobbler part 1    Willem Breuker    05’58”
  8. Antelope Cobbler part II    Willem Breuker    05’37”
  9. Brass Quartet    Willem Breuker    01’43”
  10. Hullie & Zullie part I    Willem Breuker    03’23”
  11. Hullie & Zullie part II    Willem Breuker    04’08”
  12. Florida    Willem Breuker    02’54”

total time    53’02”


CD 7    ANGOULÈME 1980

  1. Pale Fire    Willem van Manen    12’53”
  2. Flat Jungle    Willem Breuker    08’34”
  3. Big Busy Band    Willem van Manen    18’18”
  4. La Marche    Willem Breuker    08’06
  5. La Défense    Boy Raaijmakers    03’57”
  6. Sentimental Journey    Brown/Hammer/Green    01’10”
  7. Bobbert    Willem Breuker    05’59”
  8. Flessenlied/Oh You Beautiful Doll    Ayer/Brown    06’26”
  9. Song of Mandalay    Kurt Weill    04’35”
  10. Potsdamer Stomp    Willem Breuker    05’31”

total time    75’31”


CD 8 FAUST I

  1. The Archangel and the Devil    Willem Breuker    05’43
  2. The Village Party    Willem Breuker    05’58”
  3. The People beg Faust for a Cure against the Plague    Willem Breuker    02’47”
  4. Faust Calls Mephisto    Willem Breuker    05’59”
  5. The Pact with the Devil    Willem Breuker    08’12”
  6. Death or Youth    Willem Breuker    03’18”
  7. Mephisto’s and Faust’s Journey    Willem Breuker    05’18”
  8. The Ducal Wedding Party    Willem Breuker    06’05”
  9. Faust’s Homesickness    Willem Breuker    02’05”
  10. Faust meets Gretchen    Willem Breuker    05’44”

total time    52’07”


CD 9 FAUST II

  1. A Present for Gretchen    Willem Breuker    08’10”
  2. Aunt Marthe    Willem Breuker    01’22”
  3. The Visit to Aunt Marthe    Willem Breuker    03’24”
  4. The Love Potion    Willem Breuker    07’10
  5. Declarations of Love    Willem Breuker    03’58”
  6. At Gretchen’s Window    Willem Breuker    02’30”
  7. Mephisto’s Scheme    Willem Breuker    02’15”
  8. The Murder of Valentin    Willem Breuker    04’28”
  9. Requiem for Valentin    Willem Breuker    01’58”
  10. Gretchen in the Pillory    Willem Breuker    02’54”
  11. Gretchen Turned Away in the Freezing Cold    Willem Breuker    06’34”
  12. Faust comes to Gretchen’s Rescue    Willem Breuker    01’39”
  13. Gretchen’s Final Hour    Willem Breuker    02’10”
  14. The Stake    Willem Breuker    05’58”

total time    54’27”


CD 10 HAPPY END I

  1. Husse II    Willem Breuker    03’22”
  2. Steaming    Willem Breuker    05’23”
  3. Waddensee    Willem Breuker    06’44”
  4. Klerelijer    Bernard Hunnekink    03’31

To Remain :

  1. Nork    Willem Breuker    01’20”
  2. Hoddel    Willem Breuker    02’16”
  3. Snevel    Willem Breuker    03’30”
  4. Mikel-Gnoer    Willem Breuker    01’06”
  5. Dalf    Willem Breuker    03’11”
  6. Lokk    Willem Breuker    03’17”
  7. Happs    Willem Breuker    04’37”
  8. Barst    Willem Breuker    02’02”
  9. Ontegen    Willem Breuker    01’24”
  10. J’attends un Navire    Kurt Weill    04’33”
  11. Antelope Cobbler    Willem Breuker    05’44”
  12. Hallo Hallo    Bernard Hunnekink    02’34”

total time    54’33”


CD 11 Happy End II

  1. Moonbathed    Willem Breuker    08’09”
  2. Duet from “La Plagiata”    Willem Breuker    02’52”
  3. Hapsap    Willem Breuker    06’10
  4. Unforgettable Moments    Bernard Hunnekink    03’47”
  5. Ric-O-Chet    Willem Breuker    13’30”
  6. Brief aan Vera    Bernard Hunnekink    05’20”
  7. Bob’s Gallery    Willem Breuker    12’12”

total time    51’59”

84 page book in Dutch and English, containing photographs, anecdotes, recording details.

Produced and compiled by Bernard Hunnekink and Arjen Gorter for BVHAAST and the Willem Breuker Foundation

Remastered by Paul Pouwer, Amsterdam
CD 10/11 recorded live by Guido Nieuwdorp, edited and mixed by Guido Nieuwdorp, Henk de Jonge, Arjen Gorter and Bernard Hunnekink

Text contributions and translations by Frank van Herk

Design by Emma Fischer

‘Willem Breuker Kollektief stalwarts Arjen Gorter and Bernard Hunnekink have taken care of Breuker’s musical legacy and have scrupulously compiled an anthology from this huge body of work which is beyond compare. They are absolutely right in releasing the embodiment of their quest at this moment: something as wonderful as this may not be postponed.’ (Jazz Nu)

‘The CDs come accompanied with a book containing lots of visual material, personal stories about Breuker, historical and musical interpretations, plus extensive information and documentation for all of the tracks. The CDs have all been remastered, making the recordings sound clear, fresh and well-defined. In all there is some four hours of previously unreleased music. The other tracks have found their way into the discography.’ (Het Parool)

‘CDs 8 and 9 contain the music for the silent film Faust, made by the German director Friedrich Murnau in 1926. In 2003 the Paris Cité de la Musique commissioned Breuker to compose a score in which there were to be no improvised parts.’ (Het Parool)

‘The great rendition of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue on CD 5 (Strings) takes up a little over 15 minutes: strongly orchestrated, as transparent as can be, and without the symphonic hullabaloo that so often seems to come with the work. The Willem Breuker Kollektief stays very close to George Gershwin’s intentions and makes use of the original score.’ (Jazz Nu)

Read the complete review at the Jazz Nu website

CadenCe Magazine | Oct nov dec 2017 | Page 107 – 108

Dutch composer / group leader / reed player Willem Breuker was in it for the long haul. Perhaps it didn’t seem that way when, in the late 1960s he was considered a firebrand and one of the players who was going to bring down the world of jazz. Those types never hang around very long. In 1967, pianist / composer Misha Mengelberg, percussionist extraordinaire Han Bennink and Breuker formed Instant Composer’s Pool (I.C.P.) and set about undermining traditional concert venues, releasing self-produced recordings and generally doing what they wanted to do. But with three strong-minded personalities such as these, the ties eventually soured over musical disagreements. Mengelberg and Bennink continued on with I.C.P. and Breuker (who was far more concerned with composition) formed his own label (BVHaast) and group, (The Willem Breuker Kollektief). The Kollektief’s name first appeared on the B side of a 1974 LP Twenty Minutes In The Life Of Bill Moons with a scrappy, anarchic performance of a suite, “De Achterlijke Klokkenmaker” (The Simple-Minded Clockmaker).
The Kollektief fell together fairly quickly and by its conclusion in 2012 it still counted four players who had been there from the beginning: trombonist Bernard Hunnekink, bassist Arjen Gorter, drummer Rob Verdurmen and saxophonist Maarten Van Norden. Other long-term members included pianist Henk De Jonge (from 1980) and trumpeters Andy Altenfelder (from 1981) and Boy Raaijmakers (1975-2004). The Kollektief had its highs and lows. Early concerts were energetic, rowdy but as the band developed they got very tight and seemed a perfect mixture of precision and freedom. Their concerts were laced with humor and slapstick. Breuker kept feeding them compositions: his own, unique arrangements of jazz and pop standards and classical pieces. However, as the 90s came, the compositions became more highly arranged and the humor became more forced (almost as if they did it because it was expected). The musicianship was still at a high level (Breuker brought in some excellent new players, including saxophonist Alex Coke, trombonist Nico Nijholt and violinist Lorre Lynn Trytten) but that spontaneous spark that this band imbued in its live performances seem to be missing. But ca. 2000, with the addition of some new younger players (including trombonist Andy Bruce and saxophonist / harmonica player Hermine Derloo and trumpeter George Pancras)) the group seemed to nd its form again. This later edition of the Kollektief became one of its nest and it lasted for over ten years, until the band came to its logical conclusion in 2012.
All of this history (excepting the more tedious moments) is captured in a new retrospective 11 CD boxed set, Out Of The Box . It highlights Breuker and his band, as well as his lm music, larger assemblages and collaborations. The set was put together by Arjen Gorter and Bernard Hunnekink, both of whom saw and heard it all. Some of the music has been previously available on recordings, others are previously unreleased. The recordings have been remastered and the sound is superb throughout.
The discs are ordered conceptually. Big Chunks is a cherry picked selection of mostly longer performances (only 2 pieces are less than 9 minutes) by various editions of the Kollektief and it shows them in a favorable light. “New Pillars In The Field Of Art”, a live concert favorite, is heard in a stellar rendition from 1993. Breuker’s homage to Duke Ellington “Duke Edward” is a wonderful take on the Jungle Band of the 20s. Songs And More is a mish-mash collection of originals and arrangements, vocal and instrumental. It includes two of Breuker’s best arrangements of other’s pieces: a reworking of Ornette Coleman’s “Lonely Woman” and a kaleidoscopic 12 minute epic version of Cole Porter’s “Night And Day”. Plays And Movies is the most diverse disc of the set with various pieces done for the theatre and lm. It has the widest span of dates, from 1970 to 1998 and it re ects the widest range of music.
But it’s also unmistakably music by Willem Breuker. Strings is surprisingly one of the most successful discs in the set. It contains “Spanish Wells”, a piece that sounds like a homage to one of Breuker’s musical “heroes”, Ennio Morricone. The liners note that its inspiration comes from where it was composed, the island of Spanish Wells in the Bahamas, where Bruker was vacationing. But it sounds like it could accompany a western. It also contains a ve part suite “Zaanse Pegels”, composed to celebrate an award Breuker received from the Zaanse Foundation. In 2003, Breuker was commissioned to write the music for a restored version of F. W. Murnau’s 1926 silent classic Faust. It’s atypical music for a silent lm but entirely appropriate in that a) it’s typical Breuker music and b) it re ects the Weimar zeitgeist under which the movie was made and that always attracted Breuker. He has re-arranged many Kurt Weill pieces as well. The music for Faust has never been released on disc but is now featured here in its entirety on two discs and it’s listenable as a through-composed piece separate from the movie. Two excellent concerts are preserved: Umea, 1978, (Sweden) is a wonderful snapshot of the early Kollektief (with pianist Leo Cuypers and trombonist Willem van Manen) in its prime. Angouleme 1980, is another rousing set from two years later. It consists of edited highlights of the concert but it plays well and it was a good energy concert. The nal two discs of the set are Happy End I & II. Before his passing in 2010, Breuker stipulated the that the group members could use the name Willem Breuker Kollektief until 2012 when it was to be retired. The group (along with singers Loes Luca and Peter Balhuis) spent that nal year touring a tribute to Breuker, pulling classics out of the book including “Streaming” and “Waddenzee” (which go back to 1976), “Bob’s Gallery”, “To Remain”. I caught the American leg of the tour (without the singers) and was surprised at how non- nostalgic the performance was. They played with such energy and enthusiasm.
The performances preserved on these discs are from the last two concerts by the Kollektief (December, 2012) and it still retains that energy and enthusiasm.
Out Of The Box is well-packaged, comes with a nice, spiral bound book with essays, pictures and discographical information. As a summation of Breuker’s period from 1974 onwards it lls the bill nicely. Is there anything worthwhile left out? Of course… a lot… Breuker was quite proli c and high points could probably extend the set to twice its length. But what is here are superb examples of Breuker’s music and his various editions of the Kollektief.

Robert Iannapollo