Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw & Dr. Lonnie Smith

I Didn't Know What Time it Was

Price: € 14.95
Format: CD
Label: JOC Records
UPC: 0608917471328
Catnr: JOC 010
Release date: 05 October 2018
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€ 14.95
JOC Records
Catalogue number
JOC 010
Release date
05 October 2018

About the album

The Jazz Orchestra of the Concert-gebouw, the JOC, is used to working with famous soloists originating from different directions in the industry. These soloists bring their own repertoire, that is being arranged, prepped and performed in no time. In 2010, on a Thursdaynight in February, a unique concert took place in the Amsterdamse Bimhuis. Together with a living legends, whose name is pronounced with awe by musicians and audience. Dr. Lonnie Smith gave acte de présence, a culthero, who played on more than seventy records. In 1969, a prerecorded recordingsession with the formidable Thad Jones-Mel was cancelled. Four decades later, the JOC filled this gap with panache. For the Sultan of the Hammond organ, a long cherished desire to play with a big band was fulfilled.

Most noticeable on Smith in the Bimhuis, was not so much his head array, a skillful woven turban, as well his auditory memory and lucid, varied sounds he managed to wrest his impressive B3. The style and play of these Groove eminence appeared as constructive by being waylaid and routine wear. JOC knows what to do with its wonderful timbre blends and his shouts, his play with the right hand. This orchestra can glow with sovereign intensity, sparkle and fire, but manages to also add to the extremes of expression that can be produced by the Hammond organ. Of whispering vibrato and dreamy tone language, to roaring, orchestral violence. Questions have shot six delicacies attention to this LP. Two played compositions come from the hand of the doctor, Too Damn Hot and The Whip, a violent swinging backbeat hit, with masterful, muscular solos. A aubade to soul jazz, in a hot tub with a glass of cognac.
"Zes jaar geleden speelde Dr. Lonnie Smith samen met het Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw (JOC) in het Bimhuis. Het machtige geluid van Smiths hammond-B3-orgel samen met het zeer swingende orkest moet tot een opwindend concert hebben geleid. Opnamen ervan zijn nu gelukkig voor iedereen beschikbaar." - ****, Volkskrant, 14 april 2016
Das Jazzorchester des Concertgebouw - das JOC - ist es gewohnt, mit namhaften Solisten aus verschiedenen Genres der Musikszene zusammenzuarbeiten. Diese Solisten bringen ihr eigenes Repertoire mit, das in kürzester Zeit arrangiert, vorbereitet und aufgeführt wird. Im Jahr 2010, an einem Donnerstagabend im Februar, fand im Amsterdamse Bimhuis ein einzigartiges Konzert statt. Zusammen mit einer lebenden Legende, deren Name von Musikern und Publikum mit Ehrfurcht ausgesprochen wird: Dr. Lonnie Smith, einen Kulthero, der auf mehr als siebzig Platten mitwirkte. 1969 wurde eine vorab aufgenommene Aufnahme mit dem großartigen Thad Jones-Mel abgesagt. Vier Jahrzehnte später füllte das JOC diese Lücke mit Elan. Für den Sultan der Hammondorgel erfüllte sich ein lang gehegter Wunsch, mit einer Big Band zu spielen.
Am markantesten bei Smith im Bimhuis war nicht so sehr seine Kopfbedeckung, ein gekonnt gewebter Turban, sondern sein akustisches Gedächtnis und die klaren, abwechslungsreichen Klänge, die er seiner beeindruckenden B3 entreißen konnte. Der Stil und das Spiel dieser Groove Eminenz zeigte sich schöpferisch, aufwendig und unkonventionell vorgetragen. JOC weiß, was zu tun ist mit diesen wunderbaren Klangmischungen und seinem Jubel, seinem Spiel mit der rechten Hand. Dieses Orchester kann mit souveräner Intensität brillieren, aber vermag ebenso, die Extreme des Ausdrucks der Hammondorgel zu verstärken. Vom flüsternden Vibrato und einer verträumten Tonsprache bis hin zu tosendem, orchestralen Glanz. Zwei gespielte Kompositionen stammen aus der Hand von Dr. Lonnie Smith - Too Damn Hot und The Whip - ein heftig mitreißender Backbeat-Hit, mit meisterhaften, kraftvollen Soli. Eine Ode an den Soul-Jazz, im Whirlpool mit einem Glas Cognac in der Hand.


The Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw (JOC) – the Netherlands’ best big band with the most swing, according to many – was founded in 1996 by Henk Meutgeert and others as the New Concert Big Band. Since 1999, on the initiative of then-Concertgebouw managing director Martijn Sanders, it was proudly given the name of Het Koninklijk Concertgebouw ['The Royal Concert Hall'].

The JOC performs worldwide with jazz greats such as the likes of Benny Golson and Oleta Adams and talented young blood, with José James and Christian Scott among the pool. The JOC connects with its audiences, whether in large or smaller settings and makes jazz, in the broadest sense of the word, accessible to audiences of all ages and expectations. Through its shows abroad, the JOC manages to bring Dutch jazz far afield and to the stages of famous concert halls. Approximately 35,000 visitors are drawn to the JOC's concerts each year.

Principal conductor Dennis Mackrel
As of November 2015, the JOC is led by principal conductor Dennis Mackrel (1962). Mackrel started his professional career at the age of ten and at twenty became the Count Basie band’s youngest ever drummer. Mackrel played with orchestras such as The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, The Carla Bley Very Large Band and the Dizzy Gillespie All Star Big Band. He grew from sideman to band leader in his many partnerships with European orchestras such as the UMO big band from Helsinki (Finland) and the WDR big band from Cologne (Germany). In 2010 he returned to the Count Basie Orchestra as bandleader, where he remained until 2013.
The partnership with the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw dates back to 2004, when he made several appearances as a drummer. Starting in 2014, Mackrel conducted the orchestra on numerous occasions, including in the historical main hall of the Concertgebouw.

Talent development
As pioneers in the Dutch jazz scene, the JOC has initiated two projects for top talent in (jazz) music: Rhythm Changes and the Arrangers project. Over the course of these projects, young talent got given the opportunity to experience large(r) stages in a professional environment. These projects bring new life and new music to the big band genre and build bridges between the generations on stage as well as reach out to audiences.


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