Louise Avenue

Let's Take One More

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Cellist Jan Kuijken and his bandmates in this six-piece "chamber orchestra," including pianist Jean-Luc Plouvier and reedman Dirk Descheemaeker from Univers Zero, perform Kuijken's deeply rhythmic compositions with verve and energy -- and who needs a drummer with music this infectious? Touching on Stravinsky, tango music, jazz polyphony (helped along by the sonorities of clarinet, saxophones, and tuba), and contrapuntal modern composition, 1993's Let's Take One More proved popular -- like the albums of chamber music ensemble Julverne, featuring Descheemaeker and bassoonist Michel Berckmans -- among certain UZ fans prepared to follow members of the Belgian avant-prog outfit in more overtly "classical" directions. Nearly 20 years later, the similarly inclined Belgian acoustic chamber ensemble Aranis paid homage to Kuijken the composer, Louise Avenue, and Let's Take One More by covering one of the album's tracks, "Nonchalance," on 2012's Made in Belgium.

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