January 2018, a new album, "Crime", by Penguins Too was released. The duo formerly known as "Two Penguins In The Desert" was founded in 1987 to play at Frank's and Michiel's finals at the conservatory, more specifically to play the Lennie Tristano tune "Wow". The cooperation felt very comfortable and the duo continued to play for 16 years, specializing in cool jazz and the "hotter" bebop tunes, resulting in its first album "Jazzs". After a sabbatical between 2003 and 2017, the duo currently focusses on music written for or associated with crime films and television series, such as the twelve tone music from the 1974 movie "The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three", Ennio Morricone's music from the television series "La Piovra", the main title of "Narcos", Duke Ellington's "Anatomy of a Murder". All these pieces, plus a Chopin prelude, a Misha tune and several duo improvisations will be issued as a suite. Visit our shop page to hear samples of the mentioned tracks.
Reeds & Deeds
American jazz multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk played tenor saxophone, flute and many other instruments. He was renowned for his onstage vitality, during which virtuoso improvisation was accompanied by comic banter, political ranting, and the ability to play several instruments simultaneously. Also did he write numerous beautiful compositions. The way he approached music, combining tradition and renewal, in a way like Charles Mingus did, inspired many musicians in the US and The Netherlands. Frans Vermeerssen did a whole project around Kirk's music back in 1995, resulting in his quintet's famous album "One for Rahsaan". The Reeds & Deeds project refers to a 1963 album recorded by Kirk and is honoring one of the great American jazz musicians.