Renaissance recorders ATB
For La Fontegara Amsterdam, with support of the Pro Music Foundation 1st perf. Germany, Münster 1993
‘Bye bye, blues (C-U, Jesus)’ is a loving little caricature, based on the harmonic scheme of the blues. On this simple harmonic ‘stage’, several characters from early Afro-american music appear: black farmhands in the fields hollering their calls and responses, the boogie- and ragtime-players in the cities thumping away on their instruments, and faint flickerings of the swing and bebop of a later age. But in the background of al this, indeed often mingling with it, is the gospel-song of the faithful, inviting us to leave behind the melancholy solitude of the fields and streets and join the spiritual fullness of the churches’ congregation – whence the title. But will we ever be able forget this melancholy feeling?
This ensemble is not bad at all either: