Bert Van den Brink
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||Theme and Variations||Bert Van den Brink||9:45||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Fourths||Bert Van den Brink||1:30||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Valse Cliché||Bert Van den Brink||4:13||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Little Owl||Bert Van den Brink||4:06||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Thirds||Bert Van den Brink||1:25||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Blues for Oliver||Bert Van den Brink||4:31||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Pensativa||Bert Van den Brink||6:58||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Early Autumn||Bert Van den Brink||4:55||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Just Octaves||Bert Van den Brink||2:06||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Tristesse||Bert Van den Brink||5:31||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Woods||Bert Van den Brink||5:02||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Chase Blues||Bert Van den Brink||4:30||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Seconds||Bert Van den Brink||1:52||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Bachlude Nr. 1||Bert Van den Brink||7:39||$0.99||View in iTunes|
Bert van den Brink has a sizable discography, having recorded with a number of widely known artists including Lee Konitz, Denise Jannah, Chet Baker, Toots Thielemans, and Philip Catherine. This unusual solo piano date came about after the pianist created a number of musical fragments over a period of time, while he also adds full compositions and two songs by Clare Fischer. "Themes and Variations" takes one theme and explores it in a variety of jazz and semi-classical settings, including Afro-Cuban and a variation that sounds like early 20th century Igor Stravinsky. "Valse Cliche" has the flavor of Dave Brubeck, while the delicate "Little Owl" has an Impressionist air. "Early Autumn" suggests a gentle breeze on a clear day, with leaves gradually coming down one by one with the change of season. "Tristesse" is a dramatic sonata.
The pianist has previously recorded his haunting waltz "Woods" as a piano duet on two earlier sessions, though this solo interpretation expands upon its theme. Fans of Bert van den Brink's earlier recordings will enjoy this solo session.