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The Duo Recordings

Luc Houtkamp

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Houtkamp thrives in the duo setting, and these nine cuts each feature him with a different partner. The music is marked by unmitigated joy, as the saxophonist shows different sides of his personality on each piece. The opening "Randang Heat Wave," with George Lewis, races from the start, the two horns locking horns and never letting go. This is followed by a melancholy, airy feast with Gert-Jan Prins on timpani, the saxophonist exploring ethereal heights. Throughout, there are diverse moods explored, the timbres ever-changing. John Russell's atonal acoustic guitar is a good foil on "Bubble & Squeak," which does exactly that. Other collaborators include percussionist Martin Blume, electric guitarist Wiek Hijmans, bass clarinetist Lori Freedman, alto saxophonist Ned Rothenberg, and trombonist Günter Christmann, with one track featuring Houtkamp performing with an interactive computer program that he wrote himself. This is a collection of music that never lets up, but challenges and rocks the soul, with Houtkamp always in command.


Born: 1953 in The Hague, The Netherlands

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Born in 1953 in Den Haag, Netherlands, saxophonist, composer, and improviser Luc Houtkamp has worked with many renowned musicians and innovators around the world. Although essentially self-taught, Houtkamp did study in his hometown at the Vrije Academie in the early '70s. While there, he met many esteemed electronic composers such as Tony van Campen, Michel Waisvisz, and Gilius van Bergeijk, with whom he would later collaborate. Throughout the mid-70s, Houtkamp performed in various groups, including...
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