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.
Trio BraamDeJoodeVatcher (1990-2017) comprised three of the Dutch jazz scene's most idiosyncratic musicians, for whom freedom and adventure were essential values. They all played an absolutely equal role in the music, which could go any which way, depending on decisions made on the spot. Their long musical friendship resulted in intuitive playing of the highest order.
Trio BraamDeJoodeVatcher shined in short powerful pieces, honouring the jazz tradition by pushing it ahead with consummate, dazzling skill. The trio combined a playful incorporation and expansion of older forms with a great adventurousness. In many reviews they are hailed as one of the best improvising piano trios ever!