Pale Fire

COMPOSERS: Contraband
LABELS: Bvhaast
PERFORMER: Contraband: Toon de Gouw, Loet van der Lee, Louis Lanzing (t), Willem van Manen, Chris Abelen, Hans Visser (tb), etc
CATALOGUE NO: 0401 (distr. Cadillac)

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Willem van Manen’s terrific group of Netherlanders occupies a ground somewhere between the madcap Willem Breuker ensemble and a more sober big-band tradition. Witty, pungent scores played with finesse and flourish. RC