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The Amsterdam Saxophone Quartet: Duke Ellington Suite | Portorican Suite | Süd American Suite | Frank Zappa Suite

by The Amsterdam Saxophone Quartet: Henk van Twillert, Rob Hauser, Bart Kok, André Hemmes



(1991) The Amsterdam Saxophone Quartet:
Duke Ellington Suite | Portorican Suite | Süd American Suite | Frank Zappa Suite
Duke Ellington Suite | Arranger Jan Wessels

Jan Wessels
Born in Hengelo in 1964, studied the trumpet at Ack van Rooyen in Hilversum and arrangement -theory (Jazz) at Kenny Napper. In 1990 he obtained his certificates. Apart from his work as an arranger (he writes much for Big-band) he is a freelance musician.

Portorican suite | Arranger Henk Huizinga
Henk Huizinga
Studied the trombone at the Conservatorium in Zwolle and music theory and arranging at the Hilversum Conservatorium. He is a permanent trombonist in the “Dutch Jazz Orchestra”, “Glenn Miller Orchestra” and “Timeless Big Band”. He is also a regular substitute in various others orchestras (a.o. Metropole Orchestra and Skymasters). In 1985 he joined the Benelux tour of Shirly Bassy and in 1989 he toured through Japan with the “Glenn Miller Orchestra”. He is also active as a teacher at the Conservatoriums in Hilversum and Amsterdam.

Süd America Suite | Composer: Lino Florenzo

Frank Zappa Suite | Arranger David de Marez Oyens
David de Marez Oyens
From the very beginning the career of David de Marez Oyens is charecterised by a wide musical interest. Born and bred in a family where music had a centrak place, he took piano lessons when he was six. Later followed by hobo, bas-guitar and double bass. His first bands play a combination of latin, jazz and Rock, anticipating on the later” fusion”. David completed his study at bass-guitar and double-bass ate the Hilversum Conservatorium. He wasa double-bassist of the”Volharding”, composer-arranger and bas-guitarist of the “ jazz-Rock-Tet”, he accompanied Toon Hermans and played in the Thijs van Leer band. He was the musical leader of the musical “ My Generation” for which he wrote all the arrangements, just as for the musical “ Up on the roof.
David is the permanent substitute at the “Metropole Orchestra”, a.o. at cd-recordings under the leadership of Ennio Morricone. He can also be heard on the cd “Driftin”, in the group “Transfusion” and with the “ Kaz Lux Band” on the cd “Instructions”.
In his arrangements of Zappa Suite his singing-voice has been added in The Uncle Meat variations. The collorature-soprano Lieve Geuens sings the following text in it:
Ya ya ya ya ya Yaaah
Ah hah hah hah enz.
Fuzzy Dice and Bongo’s, FUZZY DICE,
I got’em at the Pep Boys… at the BOYYYYYYS
Fuzzy Dice and Bongo’s, Brodie Knob and Spinners
Chromium Plated, ha ha ha.

The Amsterdam saxophone quartet
Was founded in 1979. This chief she classical works are on their repertory. The quartet inspired numerous composers to write new work, which resulted into a vast number compositions dedicated to this a ASK.
The unusual interpretations, the searching for differentiation in timbre and the notion that no other instrument has so many points of contact with so many musical styles led to the fact that the Amsterdam Saxophone Quartet (ASK) made its appearance on many fields of the music culture. Performances with pop groups, folk singers, and jazz soloists, besides the playing of a a wide range of arrangements, are by now the trademark of the Amsterdam Saxophone Quartet. Their classical education, however, always remains clearly audible.
The ASQ gives concerts at home and abroad; it can be listened to and can often be watched on television and heard on the radio. It made several tours and recorded much of their repertory on compact disks. The members of the A.S.K. are active on various conservatoriums and musical schools in the Netherlands and are asked to perform as a guest-teacher abroad on a regular basis.
The members of the Amsterdam Saxophone Quartet are Andre Hemmers (soprano), Rob Hauser (Alto), Bart Kok (Tenor) and Henk van Twillert (Baritone)


released February 7, 2020


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Henk van Twillert is a versatile saxophonist who plays his baritone, in such a way it goes through vaines and touches the soul! His genre is diverse; Classic, World Music, Jazz and many other styles are part of his oeuvre. Playing solo, with an orchestra, with the Vento do Norte Saxophone Ensemble, with the quartet or with the piano; in a small church or a city theatre, everything is possible. ... more

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