AMN Reviews: Olanda in Due – Live at Novajazz Italy (

olanda in due cover (242x300)-228x228Michiel Braam on piano and Bo van der Graaf on saxophones are the rigorous, vigorous Dutch duo Olanda in Due. They are brazen players, but with such a light touch – philosophically, if you will – and a genius for moving notes in space; they´re pretty funny, too (aside from the fact that it tickles me to no end that van der Graaf is a dead ringer for Larry Fine). They crawl between bar stools stealing drinks in small, smoky bars and raise a ruckus under big-top circus tents, romp with M. Hulot and characters out of Fellini and play Verdi as though it were written by Mickey Spillane. Among their own compositions, they slip in Eubie Blake´s “Memories of You” and a couple by their late friend Harry Banninck. They seem to love their audience and the feeling is mutual.

Stephen Fruitman