Live at the BIMhuis

Victor De Boo

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Live at the BIMhuis Review

by Steve Loewy

The cover photo spoofs the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, and the music is more conservative than the sort in which trombonist Wolter Wierbos (who is the only horn and the dominant voice) usually participates, but the performances of these original tunes, while boasting some impressive moments, do not always deliver. Wierbos, the most well-known member of the trio, once again shows his considerable technique and unique handling of mutes, while displaying an encyclopedic knowledge of the history of his instrument. You can even hear Bill Harris in his sound, which is extraordinary when you consider how few trombonists the great Hermanite directly influenced. The tunes themselves are largely undistinguished, and it would have been interesting to have heard this group perform some recognizable numbers. De Boo's presence is largely one of leader, organizer, and composer (he wrote six of the nine "tunes"), and he is a strong, forward-looking drummer who offers fine support. Anton Goudsmit's guitar acts as a second horn and as additional rhythm, in both of which roles he performs credibly. The trio fills a niche, a kind of bridge between the past and the future, but while the results are rarely less than good, expectations are not always fulfilled. ("Boom" is one exception in which the group gels, mixing aggressive muted bone with an attractive melodic riff, and the guitar, bone, and drums bounce off one another like pinballs on fire.) All in all, there is better Wierbos on disc, and although the recording produces many fine moments, this is hardly indispensable listening.

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