It should be clear that I am a sucker for low wind instruments. The lower the frequency and higher my enthusiasm. Imagine my surprise when “The Pepper Adams Jazz” channel on YouTube posted a video of an group playing funky grooves with a baritone sax soloist and a tuba on the bass line. This didn’t just peak my interest it fueled my lust for more of this fun sounding musical experience. What’s the name of this unique group? Atanga Boom!.
The group formed in 2012 and has Atanga Boom! is self described as “a 6 piece band from The Netherlands interested in afrogrooves, funk and spacejazz.” They claim musical influences from all over the globe and many different musical heritages. These include: Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou, Antibalas, Ebo Taylor, Fela Kuti, Youssou N’Dour, Radiohead, Mulatu Astatke, Prince, Doudou N’Daye Rose.
Spending time with their YouTube and SoundCloud has been an enjoyable experience and I hope to be able to buy a complete album in the very near future. At that point I can discuss the finer points a Coen Kaldeway’s excellent playing on this album.
Keyboard – Maarten Meddens
Guitar – Mark Tuinstra
Percussion – Helene Jank
Baritone Sax – Coen Kaldeway
Tuba – Axel Schappert
Drums – Greg Smith