Artwork: Dennis Tyfus
Photo: Mark Rietveld
Up until the year 2010 guitar hero Elko Blijweert and saxophone virtuoso Frans Van Isacker brought jazz music to the rocking masses as key members of Franco Saint De Bakker. Now they have joined forces again to bring us “Atlajala Land”, a voyage through time and space that takes the listener from avant-garde free jazz over melancholic melodies to the sensual sounds of a late-night make-out session in an abandoned castle. What better way to present this wide-ranging musical collaboration to the people than by a unique joint venture between Teun Verbruggen’s avant-jazz label Rat Records and Rudy Trouvé’s all-encompassing Heaven Hotel collective?
Musical references include Brian Eno, Richard Thompson, Jackie Mc Lean, Boredoms, Bach and Beethoven. However, whimsical titles such as “A Welcome Sandwich For The Dancing Bear” and “Making Out At Chourouk’s Castle” tell us more about the singular sounds Blijweert and Van Isacker bring us than mere name-dropping ever could.