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Song For Tracy - Live at Jazz Brugge 2004 by Eric Boeren 4tet

Cornetist Eric Boeren leads his Dutch quartet with a crisp, compact and expressive sound through a program that toggles between inventive bop, free-bop and avant expressionism on this live date recorded in 2004. With legendary German drummer Paul Lovens garnering the most out of his sparse kit and generating a sparky underpinning, the program is underscored by contrasting tones and a vibrant stance. Lovens and superfine bassist Wilbert de Joode literally have the beat on dynamics throughout the oscillating ebbs and flows.

Teeming with capacious subtleties, ethereal dialogues and odd-metered unison runs, the quartet broadcasts a few nods to Ornette Coleman amid crafty sojourns framed on multifaceted metrics. Lovens often executes on top of a given pulse. Essentially, he peppers the frontline to offset the velvety toned work of eminent alto saxophonist Michael Moore, who merges an ever-so-soft undertone with commanding improvisational faculties.

Boeren steers an exploration mission, yet the differentiator is that the musicians align and take full control along the way with a stylistic flair that yields the winning formula. The quartet works through unorthodox time signatures and elicits imagery of a bustling metropolis on Coleman’s “Moon Inhabitants.” And Moore tempers the flow via his buttery sax parts. Yet on other pieces such as Boeren’s spicy bop gala “Fuzzaphony,” the musicians render a jubilant mid-tempo groove, tinged with a touch of Coleman’s harmolodic sensibilities. Therefore, Boeren leads a world-class ensemble as the end results prove to be quite rewarding.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Eric Boeren 4tet
  • CD Title: Song For Tracy - Live at Jazz Brugge 2004
  • Genre: Progressive
  • Year Released: 2010
  • Record Label: Clean Feed
  • Rating: Five Stars
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