The selected recordings in this chapter are the result of my artistic developments during the years of my research.
Section 6.1 contains all twelve movements of Carillon as recorded in January 2013 by saxophone quartet “Dicke Luft”. Each movement is constructed on the basis of a single hour of the Tone Clock. In sections 4.5.1 – 4.5.3, three movements, “Onsa”, “Pontiac”, and “Dicke Pitter”, have been analyzed in depth. Both in the composed and improvised parts of these pieces, the twelve-tone applications with the trichords from the Tone Clock hours appeared to be attractive and useful tools to operate beyond tonal limitations.
Of the five pieces presented in section 6.2, three have been discussed before in this study: “Bird Buzz” (sections 3.3.2), “Master Slow Feet” (section 3.5.2), and “Count Your Blessings” (section 3.7.2). Changes in the line-up of my Dick de Graaf New Quartet have had a remarkable effect on the band’s sound. Thanks to the contributions of pianist Loran Witteveen, the approach to my compositions has become more focused on moving beyond tonality, also one of the aims of my research. Most of the pieces are not new, but as a result of my developments during the last few years they have been re-considered and re-styled to sound remarkably different than in their initial forms. Not only have I enriched my artistic palette considering my improvisational idioms as a result of the transcriptions and analyzes I have made, and of the construction of the improvisational patterns in chapters 4 and 5. I also feel more confident now in expressing my new approach to my band members, in words and in music.
6.1 Carillon (2013)
Saxophone Quartet “Dicke Luft”
Arno Bornkamp – soprano saxophone
Werner Janssen – alto saxophone
Dick de Graaf – tenor saxophone
Nils van Haften – baritone saxophone