Eric Boeren cornet
Michael Moore alto sax / clarinet
Wilbert de Joode double bass
Han Bennink drums
The Eric Boeren 4tet began by concentrating on the early quartet music of Ornette Coleman. That repertoire was ‘pulled off the record’ and was interspersed with Boeren’s own compositions. Over the years more and more original compositions have been added to the band’s repertoire.
The line-up of the Eric Boeren 4tet is comparable to that of the Ornette Coleman Quartet of the early sixties. The big difference between the two quartets is the way in which the material is handled. Whereas soloists alternated in the Coleman Quartet, in the Boeren 4tet all four musicians share the improvisational space on an equal basis: a collective vision, where musicians have the improvisational room to further develop the musical forms. The existing material suggests the personality and direction of those improvisations. In this respect the band is rooted in and furthers the Amsterdam ‘instant composing’ tradition.
The compositions of Eric Boeren are deeply rooted in the jazz and blues tradition. They are characterized by strong, often jumpy melodies and unusual keys, which keep the improvisers on their toes.
The quartet has completed successful tours throughout Europe, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.
Coconut (Platenbakkerij, PB003, 2012)
Song for Tracy the Turtle (Cleanfeed, CF186, 2010)
Soft Nose (BV Haast CD1501, 2001)
Joy of a Toy (BV Haast 9907, 1999)
Cross Breeding (BIMhuis 005, 1997)
Soundcloud: Tracy the Turtle CD – Eric Boeren 4tet
Doors 730pm, Music at 8pm
$10 or PWYC