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Keez Hazevoet

Pleasure

Keez Hazevoet Pleasure
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In Amsterdam, At The End Of The 1960S, Pianist/Clarinetist Kees Hazevoet And Alto Saxophonist Kris Wanders (A Dutchman Based In Antwerp, Belgium) Faced A Dilemma Not Uncommon In Jazz Circles: The Search For The Right Drummer. Wanders And Hazevoet Began Working Together In 1969, And They Initially Turned To A Now-Deceased Dutch Drummer Named Eugene Broekhoven, With Whom Kees Had Been Rehearsing. Broekhoven Had Played With Willem Breuker's Group In The Mid '60S, But At The Time He Hooked Up With Hazevoet He Was Earning A Living In The House Band At A Strip Club.

Hazevoet Cultivated This Kind Of Simpatico Relationship With Broekhoven, And He Recalls That Wander Was Impressed By The Drummer's Playing, Enough So That He Took Broekhoven On A Tour Of Germany Without Hazevoet, Only To Find That Without Kees's Guidance He Played Considerably Less Well. After The Tour, Wanders Refused To Play With Broekhoven Again. The Problem Was That Hazevoet Had Arranged A Recording Session That Would Ostensibly Have Involved The Drummer. "The Solution Came Quickly And Couldn't Have Been Better," Says Hazevoet. "A Few Days Before The Date I Learned That Louis Moholo Was In Town And Asked Him If He Could Join In. So, On A Sunday Afternoon, At The Auditorium Of The Stedelijk Museum, We Recorded Pleasure. As You Can Hear, Louis Picked It Up Marvelously."

Together With Arjen Gorter, A Collaborator Of Hazevoet's Since School Days And The Keystone Bassist Of The Emerging Amsterdam Scene, Moholo, Wanders And Hazevoet Coalesced Into A Terrific Free Jazz Quartet. Their Repertoire Included Terse Themes By Hazevoet, And The Playing Is Propelled By Moholo's Mighty Drumming - A South African Amplification Of Some Of The Wave-Like Energy-Field Ideas Sonny Murray Had Pioneered - Coupled With Hazevoet's Walloping Piano. Pleasure Was Issued In An Unusually Small Batch - 250 Copies, Each With A Hand-Silkscreened Cover - But A Few Made Their Way Into Journalists' Hands And Garnered Some Glowing Reviews, Which Made The Prospect Of Continued Work Favorable.
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