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Buzz Bros. Band – Castle in the Air

Electric sitar, bazouki and duduk drums add a unique Middle Eastern & East Indian flavor to this jazz ensemble

Published on May 24, 2005

Buzz Bros. Band – Castle in the Air
Buzz Bros. Band – Castle in the Air – (Marnix Busstra,
guitar/electric sitar & bouzouki; Berthil Busstra, Fender Rhodes
& keyboards; Rene Dissel, doublebass; Chris Strik, drums; Guest on
2 tracks: Gevorg Veranian, duduk) Turtle Records multichannel SACD
TRSA0019, 50:36 **** (Dist. by May Audio):

Marnix Busstra and his brother are both performers but were going their
own way musically until they got together again on these special
arrangements with a special rhythm section. The latter required an
acoustic bass rather than electric and a drummer who worked only with
brushes rather than sticks. The two brothers have great musical respect
for one another and feel they have a special telepathy that contributes
to the success of these tracks. Their music shows Middle Eastern and
East Indian influences mixed with tasteful fusion jazz and atmospheric
guitar & sythn work that may remind one of Pat Metheny at points.
The tracks are often six or seven minutes length and often based on an
ostinato of some sort with improvisations over it. For example, in
Pearl Diver there is a repeated three-note chord in the deep bass and
over it a meandering solo wind-sounding instrument that sounds like a
chromatic conch shell – probably a sythn since that instrument doesn’t
exist!. Miles Davis-electronic-type grooves are in evidence here, but
the melodies are more tonal, shorter and more ethnic-flavored. I found
this a highly individual and fascinating musical journey, one of many
coming out of the Amsterdam music scene today.

Tracks: Castle in the air (short version), First class seat, Pearl
diver, Nut case, Frog country, Grandma and the wolf, She’s gone, Buzz
battle, Authentic turtle, Castle in the air (long version).

- John Sunier




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