About the album
Marnix Busstra: guitars, electric sitar, bouzouki | Berthil Busstra: Fender rhodes, keyboards | René Dissel: double bass | Chris Strik: drums
In the interview on the dvd, interviewer Peter Blom (not a jazz aficionado himself) asks: “An evening-full program without spoken text and without songs, is that tolerable for the modern viewer and listener?”
We can happily answer this question with a firm “Yes!”, as it has become apparent that even people basically unfamiliar with the jazz idiom and improvised music show an unprecedented appreciation for our music.
Looking at the other side of the picture, increasingly fewer people listen to instrumental music which is improvised. Sometimes it seems as if the language of (jazz) improvisation is becoming extinct. We therefore hope that, through the ease of accessibility inherent to the idiom in which we improvise, this cd and dvd will reach people who would ordinarily not be touched by improvised music. They shall then enjoy this tried and true language which continually renews itself and one that, as far as we’re concerned, tells a ‘same new story’.
(Berthil and Marnix Busstra about this recording)
This High Definition Surround Recording was Produced, Engineered and Edited by Bert van der Wolf of NorthStar Recording Services, using the 'High Quality Musical Surround Mastering' principle. The basis of this recording principle is an optimal realistic and holographic, 3 dimensional representation of the musical instruments, voices and recording venue, according to traditional concert practice. For most historic music this means a frontal representation of the musical performance, nevertheless such that width and depth of the ensemble and acoustic characteristics of the hall do resemblance 'real life' as much as possible. Some compositions in history, and many contemporary works do specifically ask for placement of musical instruments and voices all over the 360 degrees sound scape however, and in such cases this is also recorded as realistic as possible within the possibilities of the 5.1 Surround Sound standard.
This all requires a very innovative use of all 6 loudspeakers and the use of fully equal and full frequency range loudspeakers for al 5 discrete channels, and a complementary sub-woofer for the ultra low frequencies under 40Hz, is highly recommended to optimally benefit from the sound quality of this recording.
This recording was produced with the use of Sonodore microphones, Avalon Acoustic monitoring, Siltech Mono-Crystal cabling and dCS Converters.