Sax, tuba, trombone: that combination suggests the festive energy of a marching band or the steamy front line of a New Orleans jazz ensemble. This trio is just that little bit different. BaarsBuisDeman, on show at the Bimhuis, is nothing less than a dream ensemble with an almost endless range of timbres, from the lowest of the tuba to the highest of the shakuhachi and a lot in between.
The trio plays compositions by Ab Baars, capricious, lyrical and idiosyncratic, but also spontaneous, open improvisations. The result is disrupted chamber jazz that wallows in freedom and spontaneity, but is never heavy-handed and avoids the predictable. A humorous dance full of elegance and sudden feints, with hints of the jazz tradition and an innovative spirit that runs through in all its stubbornness. In addition to his membership in long-running ensembles such as the ICP Orchestra, his own trio and a duo with composer/violinist Ig Henneman, Ab Baars continues to develop new initiatives. He has long had a strong musical affinity with trombonist Joost Buis. As a duo they made the album Moods for Roswell , dedicated to master trombonist Roswell Rudd. The duo has now expanded into a trio with the addition of Belgian tuba player Berlinde Deman. She is best known for the spectacular Flat Earth Society orchestra and recently made an impression on trumpeter Dave Douglas' album Secular Palms .