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TALKING COWS

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Talking Cows

Period

2004 - current

Genre

improvised, jazz

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Talking Cows

He makes recordings for the Jazz Behind The Dikes series: '[The sextet] was a hastily assembled bunch.' He occasionally subs for other pianists at concerts, but otherwise abandons his musical career altogether.
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Members

Frans Vermeerssen   tenorsaxofoon
Robert Jan Vermeulen   piano
Dion Nijland   contrabas
Yonga Sun   drums

Former members

Oeds Bouwsma   contrabas

Mentioned in the biography of

2004   Frans Vermeerssen
2004   Robert Jan Vermeulen
2009   Rob Verdurmen

Biography Talking Cows

He makes recordings for the Jazz Behind The Dikes series: '[The sextet] was a hastily assembled bunch.' He occasionally subs for other pianists at concerts, but otherwise abandons his musical career altogether.

2004

In the beginning of his career pianist Robert Jan Vermeulen (Arnhem, 20 July 1957) gains some fame as a talented mainstream jazz pianist. But gradually he gets more and more interested in the work of Thelonious Monk (whose music he plays with the group Ugly Beauty, featuring alto saxophonist Benjamin Herman) and Misha Mengelberg. Saxophonist Frans Vermeerssen (Dordrecht, 21 December 1954) is known as an exponent of the Dutch improvised music scene, but he has a certain fondness for the throbbing tenor sound of classical jazz saxophonists like Sonny Rollins and Roland Kirk. Together the pianist and the saxophonist decide to form a new band to bridge the gap between their respective interests and backgrounds. With bassist Oeds Bouwsma and drummer Yonga Sun (stage name for Yonga Liebertz, Trier, Germany, 13 May 1977) they form a quartet that enters the recording studio twice. The group gets its name from a slow composition by Vermeulen, where he envisioned how cows would talk.

2005 - 2006

Bassist Oeds Bouwsma is replaced by Dion Nijland (Wisch, 17 September 1970), and in the new line-up the group makes recordings which surface on their first CD, Bovinity. The album is released in 2006; at the same time the group launches a website, featuring a hilarious video clip of the album's second tune, Talking Cows. Both the CD and the site are well received, by the press and the audience alike.

2008

Dairy Tales is the second CD, which is partly recorded live (from Bremen, Nijmegen and Amsterdam) and partly in the studio. In addition to compositions by Vermeulen and Vermeerssen the track list also features a tune by Misha Mengelberg: Rollo II.

2009

Talking Cows Talking Cows records five 'covers' (including Charlie Parker's Scrapple From The Apple and Thelonious Monk's Stuffy Turkey) for a CD that comes with the book Jazzcookin', by author and cook Han Hidalgo, with recipes for dishes and cocktails named after jazz compositions.

Discography Talking Cows

In the discography you will find all recordings that have been released listed chronologically. We restrict ourselves to the title, the type of audio, year of publication or recording, label, list of guest musicians, plus any comments on the issue.

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Talking Cows play "The Vi...
Talking Cows play "The Virus" (Vrije Geluiden)
Official Promotional Vide...
Official Promotional Video of the cd 'Almost Human' by Talking Cows
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Talking Cows play "The Virus" (Vrije Geluiden)

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