Pot, van Lienen & Baumgarten
Peter Pot, Arie van Lienen and Philip Baumgarten form a Dutch roots revivalist trio composed of two accordions and acoustic bass. On this album, they play a series of original instrumental compositions inspired by French and Low Country folk music and developed along a more improvisational line. Sometimes the improvisation is pronounced, as on "Kuierje." The piece begins as both accordions play what appears to be a simple repeating folk line until bassist Baumgarten gets to his solo. Then the tune takes on an entirely different form as the bassist's solo is a jazz passage completely outside the folk structure. The tension between the parts is delightful before the accordions return to restate the composition's main line.
The instrumental music in Nectar is the language of intimate European cafes, house parties and family celebrations. It's folk revival music without an over-academic feel. -Aaron Howard
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