"happy camp"

by Available Jelly

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"Available Jelly is a Dutch group that plays a heady blend of originals, little heard Ellington, and some African songs, the instrumentation almost giving it the feel of traditional jazz (by which I intend the kind that developed around the time of the first world war). Eric Boeren's cornet, Wolter Wierbos's brash and vocal trombone, and Michael Moore's clarinet and alto can impart the flavour of a New Orleans front line, while tenor saxophonist Toby Delius can summon the breathy bluster of Hawkins and Webster. While its eclecticism is bound to suggest Dutch ensembles led by Misha Mengelberg and Willem Breuker, Available Jelly has a character of it's own, a raw vitality that seeps into the most precise ensemble. It's music that's often contrapuntal within the ghost of tonality and it jumps with spectacular life in the joyous collisions that arise between its written parts and its improvising styles. Ernst Glerum on bass and Michael Vatcher on drums drive and bounce it along with the effervescence of a (global) village band."

Coda, January/February 1998

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released September 9, 1996

Available Jelly, Happy Camp
Ramboy 10, 1996

Available Jelly began in 1976 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, as the sonic counterpoint to "The Great Salt Lake Mime Troupe", a dance/theater group. In the ensuing score of years the theatricality and eclecticism of the original repertoire have been augmented with "vehicles for improvisation". Working with the limitations of a "chordless" horn and drum band has led us to a special kind of group improvisation, certainly not without precedent in the history of jazz, but often neglected. Why can't more people live in counterpoint?

Origins and the business of music

"Nilentika" & "Tazana Kely" are two tunes from Madagascar. I first heard these played together by the accordionist David Andriamamonjy on Globe Style Records's Madagaskara One/Current Traditional Music. On the record it is credited as traditional, arranged by Andriamamonjy. In the liner notes producer Ben Mandelson states that these two tunes are "two waltzes by a lady who lives in Tamatave". Since then I've heard a tape by the group Rossy which includes "Tazana Kely" credited to Bao Angèle - Rossy. Is Bao Angèle the woman from Tamatave who writes waltzes in 3/4 and 4/4 time?

"The Feeling of Jazz" is a tune written by Duke Ellington with words by Bobby Troup. Also credited is writer George Simon who had written a book with the same name and, according to Troup, suggested that Bobby write a lyric. It appears on the Impulse album Duke Ellington and John Coltrane, on Troup's own CD The Feeling of Jazz (Star Line Productions) - nice vocal, and an Ellington Black-Lion CD of the same name. It's a catchy title.

"Boppard" is the name of a town on the banks of the Rhine in the neighborhood of Bingen and Bacharach.

"Uninhabited Island" is a reflection on the meditative musical patterns accompanying spoken or sung stories in West Africa.

"Big Piece" is not so much big as long. My inspiration was the recording of Tim Berne's Bloodcount, Low Life (JMT). Tim writes really long pieces.

"Cowboy Henk" is an ode to the Kamagurka comic hero with the same name. It is also an ode to Wolter who, in our vision, represents Cowboy Henk.

"The Village Of The Virgins" is a section of the suite The River commissioned in 1970 by The American Ballet Theater. It is basically a blues with a bridge but Ellington uses unconventional chordal movement in the blues sections: going the "wrong way" around the circle of fifths, then back again. The original recording is on volume five of Duke Ellington - The Private Collection (SAJA).

"Happy Camp" is a town way, way up the Klamath River in northern California.

Notes by Michael Moore.

Michael Moore, alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet
Tobias Delius, tenor saxophone
Eric Boeren, cornet, melodica
Wolter Wierbos, trombone
Ernst Glerum, bass
Michael Vatcher, drums, percussion

Composed by Michael Moore except where noted.

Recorded live June 22, 1996,
BIM-huis, Amsterdam

Photo, Edward Weglowski
Design, Isabelle Vigier
Recorded by Dick Lucas/ data records

this is Ramboy #10
distributed by B.V. Haast
Prinseneiland 99
1013 LN Amsterdam, NL

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Doek Amsterdam, The Netherlands

dOeK is an Amsterdam-based collective of improvising musicians who play in various ensembles and organise tours, projects and a yearly festival.

The seven core members of Stichting dOeK are:

Eric Boeren
John dikeman
Cor Fuhler
Oscar Jan Hoogland
Michael Moore
Wilbert de Joode
Wolter Wierbos

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