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
Rahsaan Roland Kirk (August 7, 1935 - December 5, 1977) was an American jazz multi-instrumentalist who 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. He became blind at an early age as a result of poor medical treatment. In 1970, Kirk added "Rahsaan" to his name after hearing it in a dream.
The way he approached music, combining tradition and renewal, in a way like Charles Mingus did, inspired many musicians. Frans Vermeerssen and Michiel Braam did a project around Kirk's music back in 1995, resulting in their quintet's famous album "One for Rahsaan".
The six Reeds & Deeds members are from The Netherlands and the US and have their roots in the (post-) freejazz era and played all over the world with, just to mention a few, the Willem Breuker Kollektief, Mal Waldron, Theo Loevendie, I Compani, Bik Bent Braam, and many many others. The band is focussing on the compositions of Kirk –such as "The Inflated Tear", "A Laugh for Rory", "Many Blessings", "Vertigo", "Limbo Boat" and "Gifts and Messages"– which are mostly well known but rarely performed.
The Reeds & Deeds project refers to a 1963 album recorded by Kirk and honoring one of the great American jazz musicians.