Wild Man Blues - Plays Louis Armstrong (2018)

Bob Thiele / George David Weiss, Lil Armstrong, Clarence Muse, Leon Rene and Otis Rene, Percy Venable, W.C. Handy, Jelly Roll Morton, Spencer Williams, Jimmy McHugh / Dorothy Fields

Ruud Breuls

Ruud Breuls, Simon Rigter, Karel Boehlee, Jos Machtel and Marcel Serierse can play. No doubt. They belong to the absolute top of European jazz. They have played with everybody who is somebody in the world of jazz. But what really makes this album special is the love and dedication they bring to Armstrong's music. Listening to the 8 compositions presented here one realizes that genre is completely irrelevant.

The 8 pieces of music were performed live in the studio in front of an audience of 80 people. The musicians were placed in front of a stereo pair of microphones

with additional spot microphones on each instrument. The musicians were playing without headphones, the reason being that we believe that when we get the musicians to play together in the same room, without headphones, it creates a number of musical and technical benefits: As they are not 'separate' by the headphones, the musicians, in order to hear each other are forced to create a natural and musical balance, a balance which is then easily captured by the main stereo pair of microphones.

Because of this natural and musical balance the need for compression to control levels is no longer necessary. Since everybody is in the same room, the boxed sound which is so common in many modern recordings is absent as the sound of the room helps 'glue' the sound of the recording. The recording took place in the now legendary Studio 2, situated in the the building of the Dutch Music Centre of Broadcasters (MCO). It is the oldest recording studio in the Netherlands and has hosted a wealth of prominent artists; Django Reinhardt, was there in 1937, Jazz at the Philharmonic featuring Ella Fitzgerald in 1953, and in the 1960’ Wes Montgomery, Clark Terry and Eric Dolphy all recorded in the studio.

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Simon Rigter Quintet

Simon Rigter was born in Leiden on September 20, 1973. As the son of saxophonist Bob Rigter, he grew up in a musical environment. At the age of ten Simon received classical flute lessons and at the age of twelve he started the saxophone. 

From 1989 to 1996 Simon studied at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, where he was taught by the well-known saxophonist / clarinettist John Ruocco. Afterwards he studied at the Hilversum conservatory at Ferdinand Povel. In 1997 Simon graduated from the Hilversum conservatory.

Simon has recorded albums with The Dutch Jazz Orchestra, The Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, The Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra, The Reeds, Curtis Fuller, Slide Hampton, John Marshall, Cees Slinger, Victor Kaihatu, Peter Beets, Ruud Breuls, Erik Doelman, and many others. 

Simon performed with George Coleman, Joe Cohn, Jim Rotondi, Nancy Marano, Alvin Queen, Ferdinand Povel, Ruud Jacobs, Pim Jacobs, Frans Elsen, Rob van Kreefelt, Peter Beets, Marco Kegel and many others. 

Simon toured China, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, India, Israel, Jamaica and Japan.

Simon is a regular member of The Dutch Jazz Orchestra, The Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, The Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra, The Reeds, Saxology, The Storyville Project, The New Quartet, The Ruud Breuls / Simon Rigter Quintet, Equinox, The Erik Goalkeeper Quartet , Bop2B. 

Simon teaches at the Codarts institute in Rotterdam and at the Conservatory in Amsterdam.

photo: from Artist's website 'about' page

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Wild Man Blues - Plays Louis Armstrong (2018)

Bob Thiele / George David Weiss, Lil Armstrong, Clarence Muse, Leon Rene and Otis Rene, Percy Venable, W.C. Handy, Jelly Roll Morton, Spencer Williams, Jimmy McHugh / Dorothy Fields

Ruud Breuls

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The repertoire of the legendary Louis Armstrong is central to 'Wild Man Blues' by the Ruud Breuls / Simon Rigter Quintet. Classics such as On The Sunny Side Of The Street, Basin Street Blues, Wild Man Blues, St. Louis Blues, and What A Wonderful World are featured on this live tribute concert.

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Wild Man Blues - Plays Louis Armstrong (2018)

Bob Thiele / George David Weiss, Lil Armstrong, Clarence Muse, Leon Rene and Otis Rene, Percy Venable, W.C. Handy, Jelly Roll Morton, Spencer Williams, Jimmy McHugh / Dorothy Fields

Ruud Breuls

Amplifier: Moon 760A
Cables: AudioQuest
Digital Converters: Horus, Merging Technologies
Editing Software: Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Mastering Engineer: Frans de Rond and Peter Bjørnild
Microphone Preamps: Horus, Merging Technologies
Microphones:

Main system: Schoeps MK5 (AB) - Ruud: Josephson C700 - Simon: Josephson C716 - Karel: Josephson C617 (2x) - Jos: Josephson C700 - Marcel: Schoeps MK2 (overheads) - Audix D6 (basdrum) | Micpre's: Merging Horus

Mixing Headphones: Sennheiser HD800, AKG 702
Producer: Sound Liaison and Ruud Breuls
Recording Engineer: Frans de Rond for Sound Liaison
Recording Location: MCO, Studio 2, Hilversum, The Netherlands in 2016
Recording Software: Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD
Speakers: TAD CE-1

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On The Sunny Side Of The Street
Jimmy McHugh / Dorothy Fields
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Basin Street Blues
Spencer Williams
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Wild Man Blues
Jelly Roll Morton
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St.Louis Blues
W.C. Handy
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Big Butter And Egg Man
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Sleepy Time Down South
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Struttin' With Some Barbeque
Lil Armstrong
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What A Wonderful World
Bob Thiele / George David Weiss
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