Art Van Damme, a legendary jazz musician has given the Accordion a whole new unique sound that is internationally recognized. He has combined the Accordion with Guitar and Vibes, and a rhythm section of Bass and Drums, thus creating a unique sound, and with the harmonic melodies and jazz rhythms they produce, truly separated them from any other musical group.
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Art Van Damme with Strings represents something special in MPS’s Van Damme catalogue – Art’s first recording with strings. The accordion-guitar-vibes frontline is still there, but two young up-and-coming German giants of the European jazz scene, bassist Eberhard Weber and guitarist Siggi Schwab, add a new sound to this edition of the quintet. The song choices are also something special, with a discerning mixture of standards, ballads, sambas and bossas, and a soul-jazz classic. Van Damme takes a spirited happy-go-lucky solo on the Rogers and Hart standard Mountain Greenery. He shows his command of Brazilian rhythms in his sophisticated renderings the classic bossa How Insensitive and Summer Samba (So Nice).
There are beautiful interpretations of the ballads Polka Dots And Moonbeams, We’ve Only Just Begun, and Moonlight In Vermont, and Van Damme’s solo on Nat Adderley’s Work Song lets the listener know the man has soul. To end the album, Van Damme and Co surprise by playing the Jobim bossa Quiet Nights with a bouncy swing feel interspersed with some lightning-quick accordion runs. With lush string backgrounds and a superb quintet to spur him on, Van Damme plays at his lyrical best.
Charly Antolini (drums)
Art van Damme (accordion)
Sigi Schwab (guitar)
Heribert Thusek (vibraphone)
Eberhard Weber (bass)
The String Orchestra Hubert Deuringer
01. Perdido (Tizol) 2.43
02. Polka Dots And Moonbeams (Burke/van Heusen) 3.11
03. Mountain Greenery (Rodgers/Hart) 2.25
04. We’ve Only Just Begun (Williams/Nickels) 3.26
05. So Nice (Valle/Gimbel) 2.53
06. What’s New (Haggart/Burke) 4.07
07. On A Clear Day (Lerner/Lane) 3.19
08. How Insensitive (Jobim/Gimbel/de Moraes) 3.45
09. Work Song (Adderley/Brown) 2.32
10. Moonlight In Vermont (Blackburn/Suessdorf) 3.57
11. A Man And A Woman (Lai/Barouh) 1.59
12. Quiet Nights (Jobim/Lees) 3.04