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Monday, 02 May 2011 15:01

Brussels Blues

Here you see the album Brussels’ Blues. I decided to call the album “Brussels’ Blues” after the piece of the same name on the album, because most of the compositions have been written in Brussels.

Brussels’ Blues was recorded with Carlos Monteiro on double bass and Moshiba Shinel on drums.

Artwork: this contains a picture of the painting “Le Piano Bleu”, of Moises Cohen (1998), and of the photo “Brussels” of Peter Gutierrez (2007)

 

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Name Play Size Duration
Wrist
Rienk Rienks

2.3 MB 3:42 min
Whole tone blues
Rienk Rienks

1.7 MB 2:40 min
Bach’s groove
Rienk Rienks

2.8 MB 4:31 min
Ramon
Rienk Rienks

4.2 MB 7:01 min
Touria’s mood
Rienk Rienks

2.9 MB 4:44 min
Chattin’ with Charley
Rienk Rienks

2.5 MB 4:04 min
Purple bossa
Rienk Rienks

3.8 MB 6:20 min
Maya
Rienk Rienks

2.4 MB 3:51 min
Rainy day blues
Rienk Rienks

2.7 MB 4:24 min
Morocco
Rienk Rienks

2.1 MB 3:19 min
NonHarm
Rienk Rienks

2.5 MB 4:02 min
Putonium 210
Rienk Rienks

3.2 MB 5:08 min
Brussels’ blues
Rienk Rienks

1.5 MB 2:15 min

 

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Rienk Rienks, Carlos Monteiro en Moshiba Shinel

Carlos Monteiro, contrabas

Moshiba Shinel, drums

 

Wrist

This is an acronym and stands for: “Why RIenk Salutes Thelonious”. Well, this is why: my first encounter with Thelonious Monk was many years ago through the piece “Thelonious”. I got fascinated by the down moving bass line and voicings. I already liked “weird” chords and “wrong” musical figures (in my opinion perfection, although it is something to strive for, often results in uninteresting performances, “beauty is boring”). The musical language of Monk appealed to me, and it resonated all the time in me till I started to compose my own music. So I salute Thelonious by trying to recreate the athmosphere of “Thelonious” as a tribute to this great composer.

Whole tone blues

This blues is based on the whole tone  scale both in the melody and in the base line. After a turnaround in the beginning, the base line is going downwards almost all the time in whole tones, only interrupted where it has to meet the form of the blues schedule.

Bach’s groove

The name of this piece is the result of a misunderstanding. For years, I thought that the masterpiece of Milt Jackson was called Bach’s groove, only to find out later that it was named after Milt Jackson himself, whose nickname was “bags” because of the bags under  his eyes. I’ve always been charmed by the jazz versions of JS Bach’s pieces like performed by the Swingle Singers or Jacques Loussier. This is my tribute to Bach, who amongst so much else also was a great improviser. Maybe this is why he still inspires many jazz musicians.

Ramon

I wrote this piece for the birthday of Ramon Valle (I won’t tell what age he is now). I hope he may celebrate many more birthdays together with Marit, Fabio and Dayla. It is in a 5/4 rhythm, and gives Moshiba ample opportunity for a great solo (try to count on…).

Touria’s mood

Listening to this piece you can feel the mood Touria is in when she plays this piece: calm and relaxed. In search of new ways to express herself musically, Touria turned to the contrabass. She started to play the bassline, and it got into the form of a blues. The great feature of this blues is that one can play it on open strings, an ideal composition for aspiring bass players!

Chattin’ with Charley

Who doesn’t know Charley Parker? He inspired so many people and many try to play like him. I have no illusion that I can approach that, but I tried to write a composition  in the spirit of Charley. Later I got the impression that it might resemble a Charley Parker composition, but I couldn’t get a confirmation of that yet.

Purple bossa

The Blue Bossa, written by Kenny Durham, is a classic and one of my favorites. I composed a bossa that is not entirely blue, but has a shift of chords that makes it chance colors.

Maya

Maya is the vivid, lovely daughter of my good friend Hugo Santos, who plays the contrabass, and his charming wife Pema Rocha. We met in Brussels and played together, while Maya was watching her father play and also made efforts to play the bass herself. This piece tries to catch the vividness of Maya, who was always running everywhere.

Rainy day blues

Although both Holland and Belgium are lovely countries, they have one disadvantage in common: the weather. It may rain for many days in a row. Gazing out of the window, getting depressed, one can turn to the bottle or play a blues instead, in an attempt to lift the mood and persuade oneself that at last the rain has to make way for the sun.

Nonharm

This piece is dedicated to my son Harm. The name of the piece is derived from one of his e-mail addresses. He has the habit to contemplate before acting. So, the piece starts with a  fermata as a point of contemplation, followed by the fast downsloping three note motif reflecting action .

Morocco

The rhythm of this piece is inspired by a Moroccan rhythm that Abdel Barakat, Touria’s brother and a percussionist, played once he was visiting us in Brussels. The bridge is based on the intro of the song “Ya Rayah” of Dahmane El Harrachi (who was, by the way, Algerian).

Putonium 210

In 2006, Alexander Litvinenko, a former KGB agent, died a terrible death by a radio-active material, called Polinium 210, that was probably put into his food. Although this murder was never solved officially, there is a suspicion of who is behind it. There are some clues in this piece that might be helpful. I asked the musicians to play this piece like bouncing electrons. The end reflects the blow up in the spirit of a nuclear explosion.

Brussels’ blues

The inspiration for this piece came when I was walking through the streets of Brussels. Brussels is quite hilly, the roads go up and down, and I tried to reflect this in the movement of the melody.

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