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Free music, full of furious improvisations, yet eminently listenable - the speciality of international sextet All Ears. Unusual music, but once you've heard it you'll immediately recognise it again: happy, virtuosic and dogma free. The leaders, pianist Michiel Braam and tenor saxophonist Frans Vermeerssen, provide the band with stimulating compositions that fire the musicians to let loose their individual sound. That ranges from sweet talk to full-on screaming, and everything in between. Years of experience in the international improvised music scene ensure that the band members never lose track of the music and keep on searching for catchy sounds and seductive melodies. Frank Gratkowski, a welcome guest on the international scene with his own groups, shows that the alto saxophone has many more possibilities than one may think. Herb Robertson leads groups with Joey Baron and Bill Frisell, among others. The All Music Guide writes: 'There's no better free-jazz trumpeter than Robertson.' Drummer Michael Vatcher and bass player Wilbert de Joode are amongst Amsterdam's most in demand musicians. They have worked together for years with Michiel Braam, notably in the successful Trio BraamDeJoodeVatcher. Both Braam and Vermeerssen wrote music for the band. The musicians can bring in these compositions whenever and however they like - or they can ignore them all together and improvise. They are constantly keeping tabs on the music's direction, which can go any which way, from old-fashioned swing to a modern, fiercely stomping, gut-wrenching ballad.