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UP07 The Netherlands Connection

Only a connection.

The thoughts behind The Netherlands Connection are questions rather than statements. ‘Is there a Dutch way of doing things?’ we asked. ‘Is there a Netherlands sound?’

The answers, broadly ‘yes’ to the first query and ‘no’ to the second, led to a compilation that includes hardly any ‘pure’ Dutch music. UP07 makes an exploratory journey through recordings that make many different, random engagements and collisions with the wider world. With plenty of blowing and bashing and very little bowing and scraping, The Netherlands Connection is a state of mind for some and a process for others: pragmatic, relaxed, relatively well funded and always ready to welcome the new.

Here we glance at the inspiration of this catalytic climate for creative music, a chance to share in the Dutch way of listening. © 1996 JLW