Big

Big

by New Cool Collective
     
 
England and the U.S. weren't the only countries that saw a rebirth of interest in soul-jazz in the 1990s; classic soul-jazz recordings of the '60s and '70s were also a hot item in Holland. One Dutch outfit that had a lot of fun with soul-jazz, acid jazz, and funk in the '90s was the New Cool Collective, whose third album,

Overview

England and the U.S. weren't the only countries that saw a rebirth of interest in soul-jazz in the 1990s; classic soul-jazz recordings of the '60s and '70s were also a hot item in Holland. One Dutch outfit that had a lot of fun with soul-jazz, acid jazz, and funk in the '90s was the New Cool Collective, whose third album, Big, was recorded in Amsterdam in 1998 and 1999 but was mindful of what was going on in the U.S. in the '60s and '70s. Except for the hip-hop techniques the big band sometimes employs, Big is very retro, and that is true whether the Collective is providing Latin-flavored soul-jazz instrumentals à la Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers or featuring various vocalists on retro-soul numbers. One of the most interesting tracks on the CD is a remake of the Carpenters' "We've Only Just Begun," which features Dutch singer Trijntje Oosterhuis and gets a surprising R&B makeover. Listening to Oosterhuis' soulful performance, you would never know that Dutch, not English, is her primary language; in fact, she sounds like she could be African-American. The Collective doesn't do a lot of covers; original material dominates Big.This is an album that isn't recommended to jazz purists but is rewarding if you hold jazz, R&B/funk, and Afro-Cuban music in equally high regard.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/14/2000
Label:
Challenge
UPC:
0608917316421
catalogNumber:
73164
Rank:
166270

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

New Cool Collective   Primary Artist
Georgie Fame   Track Performer
Benjamin Herman   Flute,Conductor,Alto Saxophone,Vocals
Miguel Martinez   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Joe Rivera   Trumpet
David Rockefeller   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Jelle Schouten   Trumpet
Claus Tofft   Percussion
Efraim Trujillo   Tenor Saxophone
Stefan Kruger   Drums
Frans Blanker   Tenor Saxophone
David Kweksilber   Baritone Saxophone
Anton Goudsmit   Guitar
Joost Buis   Trombone
Stefan Schmid   Keyboards,farfisa organ,fender rhodes
Williem Friede   Conductor
Jos De Haas   Percussion
Rainer Muller   Trombone
Frans Cornelissen   Trombone

Technical Credits

Benjamin Herman   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes
Stefan Kruger   Arranger,Producer
Michael Kneebone   Artwork
Dick Kuys   Producer
Maarten Ornstein   Arranger
Stefan Schmid   Arranger,Producer
Williem Friede   Arranger,Composer,Producer

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