Loet van der Lee
"Hoogstens 5", a collaboration
of Theo Hoogstins and saxophone player Kees Oosterwijk, is focussed on playing
the compositions of composer/bass player Theo Hoogstins who was awarded
the composition prize at the ‘The NOS Jazz festival Holland’ in 1987 and
in 1990 he was honored for best solo performance at the ‘VPRO Jazz festival
His classical background becomes very clear, when listening to his compositions, through the use of elements and composition techniques from modern classical music history, such as dodecaphony, polyrythmic, bi tonality and Peter Schat's Tone Clock, about which he published an article in a dutch jazz magazine (Jazzfreak, may/june 1994).
By in this way integrating the western musical heritage in jazz, a contemporary style comes into existence. This concept provides a solid fundament for soloist performance by the individual members of the group.
With lots of enthusiasm and skills, they use the complete range of improvising techniques from free jazz up to complex chord changes, thus giving very exciting and varied concerts.
In "Hoogstens 5",
Theo Hoogstins gathered a
number of very expressive musicians: