Willem Breuker Kollektief

On Tour

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A live recording from Rouen, France, On Tour is an enjoyable, if unspectacular, representation of the Kollektief in the late '70s. Several of Breuker's regular touchstones are covered, including tight, rhythmic crowd-pleasers like "Hullie & Zullie" and "Florida," more expansive, jazzier pieces like "Antelope Cobbler," and bits of hilarity, here a mock country & western called "Potsdamer Stomp." The Kollektief always featured some of the finest soloists around and, among others, altoist Bob Driessen, trumpeter Boy Raaymakers, and trombonist Willem van Manen deliver the goods here. But overall, this album (with a slightly muffled recording quality) doesn't quite measure up to either earlier records like the BASF The European Scene or the subsequent Summer Music on Marge. It's good, but not essential.

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