Discography

Route47Route 47 : MPR980152
Produced by Ruud Stuurman
Arranged by Ruud Stuurman,
Paul Stuurman and Ruud Ebbens
Live recorded by Stef Kenens at
the Roomburgh Theatre, Leyden
Mixed and mastered by Stef Kenens
at Clifton Studio, Wassenaar
Engineered by Ariaan den Os,
MediaPro, Leyden
Cover/booklet design by Harry Stuurman
Album released 1998
Song Listing:
The Lonely Bull (Sol Lake)
The Work Song (Nat Adderley – Brown Jr.)
Let It Be Me (Gilbert Bécaud)
Up Cherry Street (Julius Wechter)
A Taste Of Honey (Bobby Scott – Rick Marlow)
Summertime (George Gershwin – Dubose Heyward)
When She Walks On By (Hein Heemskerk)
Route 47 (Ruud Stuurman)
Skokiaan (P.D.)
Stranger On The Shore (Mr. Acker Bilk – R. Mellin)
Lazy Bones (Johnny Mercer – Carmichael)
I Will Wait For You (Jobim – Mendonca – Gimbel)
Guantanamera (J. Marti)
Never Without You (Ruud Stuurman)

This is the first album released by A&B Sounds. Trumpet player Ruud Stuurman (Rudy Antonio) played together with his friend Ruud Ebbens, a guitar player, and two other guys, in 1991 and 1992, until the moment that Ruud Ebbens left for England. Ruud Stuurman met Ruud Ebbens again after his return to the Netherlands and they decided to start the band again. In April 1998 they found four other guys, among them Ruud’s son, Paul Stuurman, also a trumpet player and only sixteen years old at the time.
A concert in the Roomburgh Theatre in October 1998 was live recorded. For this concert Ruud Stuurman wanted a blues song. He had one that he wrote in 1980, which had no name. Ten days before the concert he played it for the band; ten days later the band played it at the concert as Route 47.
As the booklet says: “Without any doubt there will be a real Route 47, but this one is an imaginary way to the blues”.

ChristmasAlbumChristmas Album : MPR990162
Produced by Ruud Stuurman
Arranged by Paul Stuurman,
Ruud Stuurman and Ruud Ebbens
Recorded, mixed and mastered
by Han de Jonge
Recorded at LAK Theatre, Leyden
Mixed and mastered at
Willem Schneider Studio, The Hague
Engineered by Ariaan den Os,
MediaPro, Leyden
Cover/booklet design by Paul Stuurman
Album released 1999
Song Listing:
Twinkle Star (Ruud Stuurman)
Jingle Bells (P.D.)
The Little Drummer Boy (H. Simeone – H. Onorati – K. Davis – G. Coulonges)
It’s Christmas Time (Ruud Ebbens)
O, Christmas Tree (P.D.)
According To Your Word (Paul Stuurman – Ruud Ebbens – Hans van der Grijp – Ruud Stuurman)
Las Mañanitas (P.D.)
The Bell That Couldn’t Jingle (Burt Bacharach –  L. Kusik)
Jingle Bell Rock (J. Beal – J. Boothe)
The Adoration Of The Magi (M. Rozsa)
Just A Prayer (Ruud Ebbens – Hans van der Grijp – Paul Stuurman – Ruud Stuurman)
Feliz Navidad (José Feliciano)

As a result of a performance at the “Jaarbeurs”, Utrecht, Colomba Publishers, Oegstgeest, asked The Antonio Brass to make a Christmas cd. In cooperation with Colomba and A&B Sounds “Christmas Album” was released. Ruud Stuurman did not want to make a kind of album of which there were very many already. He liked them, of course, but they were there already. He wanted to add something new to the existing, and the Brass agreed with him.
So existing items were re-arranged and new items were also composed.
The variety of the songs is an obvious feature of the album. It opens with the beautiful song “Twinkle Star” by Ruud Stuurman, followed by the well-known “Jingle Bells” and “O, Christmas Tree”, re-arranged to swinging pieces of music. It also features the Ruud Ebbens-song “It’s Christmas Time”, that he found himself singing while he was shaving in the morning, just a few weeks before it was recorded. Really beautiful is “According To Your Word”. The symphonic part of it was composed by Paul Stuurman, 17 years old at the time, which shows that he has it in him to become a great composer. After hearing it Ruud Ebbens and Hans van der Grijp made the guitar-part. Just ten days before recording, Ruud Ebbens, Hans van der Grijp, Paul and Ruud Stuurman composed “Just A Prayer” simply by playing it. Ruud Stuurman put in some lyrics.
Ruud Stuurman also found “The Adoration Of The Magi”. This song is taken from the movie “Ben Hur”. The opening-scene shows the three magi, following the star and kneeling down when they find the child in a manger. The song has not featured on any Christmas-cd before, but has everything to do with Christmas.
While Colomba wanted the cd at the beginning of November and the LAK Theatre was completely occupied in October, it turned out that there was only time for recording on October 1 and 3, 1999. Only two days for recording 12 songs and only five weeks, after being asked by Colomba, for getting together the material, producing the band’s own work, and incessant practice: it all seems crazy and so it was. But none of the musicians of The Antonio Brass would like to have missed this wonderful experience!

ICanOnlySpeakOfYouI Can Only Speak Of You : MPR2000180
Produced by Ruud Stuurman
Arranged by Ruud Stuurman,
Paul Stuurman and Ruud Ebbens
Live recorded by Stef Kenens
Mixed by Stef Kenens and Paul Stuurman
Mastered by Paul Stuurman
Recorded at Roomburgh Theatre (1-4)
and Imperium Theatre (5-10)
Mixed at Clifton Studio, Wassenaar
and A&B Studio, Stompwijk
Mastered at A&B Studio, Stompwijk
Engineered by Ariaan den Os,
MediaPro, Leyden
Cover/booklet design by Paul Stuurman
Album released 2000
Song Listing:
Skokiaan (P.D.)
Cryin’ In The Rain (Carole King – Howard Greenfield)
Strike Up The Band (George Gershwin – Ira Gershwin)
Feeling Groovy (Paul Simon)
Up Cherry Street (Julius Wechter)
Alley Cat (Bjorn)
Going Places (Ruud Stuurman)
This Guy’s In Love With You (Burt Bacharach – Hal David)
Route 47 (Ruud Stuurman)
I Can Only Speak Of You (Ruud Stuurman)

In the accompanying booklet Ruud Stuurman says:
“The idea behind this album is that it was never meant to be an album. The tracks were live recorded on several locations, only for our own use. But now that our bass-player Hein Heemskerk and our drummer Kees van Hees have left the band, we thought it would be nice to release this album”.
There were only six tracks recorded at the Imperium Theatre in Leyden (tracks 5 – 10), too little for an album. So tracks 1 to 4 were added from earlier recordings at the Roomburgh Theatre.
Tracks 1 and 3 feature Ruud Stuurman: trumpet; Ruud Ebbens: guitar; Marc van Heugten: bass and Tim Schouten: drums.
Track 2 feature Ruud Stuurman: vocals and Ruud Ebbens: guitar.
Tracks 4 to 10 feature Ruud Stuurman: trumpet, vocals; Paul Stuurman: trumpet; Ruud Ebbens: rhythm guitar; Hans van der Grijp: lead guitar; Hein Heemskerk: bass and Kees van Hees: drums.
The cover photo shows Ruud Stuurman in 1970 in Chartres, France.
The photo was taken by Roon Koevoets, with whom Ruud played at that time in Limetz, near Paris.

SteelBrassSteel Brass : MPR010321
Produced by Ruud Stuurman
Arranged by Ruud Stuurman,
Kees Buurman and Ruud Ebbens
Live recorded by Stef Kenens (1),
Rob Stuurman (2-3), Elly Vorst (4-8)
and Nico van der Horst B.V. (9-10)
Mixed by Stef Kenens and Paul Stuurman
Mastered by Paul Stuurman
Recorded at Roomburgh Theatre (1),
Valkenburg ZH (2-3), Staalwijk (4-8),
and Antonius Zalencentrum (9-10)
Mixed at Clifton Studio, Wassenaar
and A&B Studio, Stompwijk
Mastered at A&B Studio, Stompwijk
Engineered by Ariaan den Os,
MediaPro, Leyden
Album released 2001
Song Listing:
Feelings (L. Gaste – M. Albert)
March 29th Journey (Ruud Ebbens – Hans van der Grijp – Ruud Stuurman)
On The Wings Of A Nightingale (Paul McCartney)
Tequila (Chuck Rio)
Love Potion No. 9 (Jerry Leiber – Mike Stoller)
Zondag (G. Stellaard – B. van Dijk – T. Beishuizen)
Steel Jam (Kees Buurman – Ruud Stuurman)
Funky Steel Area (Ruud Stuurman – Kees Buurman)
Guantanamera (J. Marti)
Champs Elysées (Joe Dassin)

This album is a journey through time.
All numbers are live-recordings. The first was recorded October 23, 1991 in the Roomburgh Theatre, Leyden, the numbers 2 and 3 date back to March 29, 1992, and were recorded in Valkenburg ZH. At the time Ruud Stuurman played with Ruud Ebbens, guitar, Marc van Heugten, bass, and Tim Schouten, drums and vocals, complemented by Hans van der Grijp, keyboard, in track 2.
When Ruud Ebbens left for England while another performance was still in the offing, Kees Buurman, an old school-friend of Ruud Stuurman’s, was prepared to take over Ruud Ebbens’ guitar-part on his keyboard. So Ruud Stuurman, trumpet and vocals, Kees Buurman, keyboard, Marc van Heugten, bass, and Tim Schouten, drums and vocals, played November 21, 1992, at Staalwijk, Leyden, a crowded, smoky and noisy room, as can be heard in tracks 4 to 8.
Ruud Stuurman had played with Kees Buurman before. The very first time was July 1970 in France, which was unfortunately not recorded. But in 1981 they met again and also in 1986, on January 18, or rather January 19, for the performance was the last part of a programme lasting the whole evening and did not start till 0.30 a.m. Tracks 9 and 10 on this album are taken from this performance, featuring not only Ruud Stuurman, trumpet, and Kees Buurman, keyboard and piano, but also Louis van der Goes, trumpet, and Fred Koene, drums. In “Champs Elysées” we also hear Jean-Pierre Schutz, lead vocals, another old school and study friend of Ruud Stuurman’s, who unfortunately passed away far too young, at the age of 41.
So this album may rightly be called a journey through time!

MiCorazonTe Quiero, Mi Corazón : MPR020338
Produced by Ruud Stuurman
Arranged by Paul Stuurman,
Ruud Ebbens and Ruud Stuurman
Live recorded by Stef Kenens
Mixed by Stef Kenens and Paul Stuurman
Mastered by Paul Stuurman
and Ariaan den Os
Recorded at Roomburgh Theatre, Leyden
Mixed at Clifton Studio, Wassenaar
and A&B Studio, Stompwijk
Mastered at A&B Studio, Stompwijk
and at MediaPro, Leyden
Engineered by Ariaan den Os,
MediaPro, Leyden
Cover/booklet design by Paul Stuurman
Album released 2002
Song Listing:
Walk, Don’t Run (J. Smith)
The Girl From Ipanema (Gimbel – Jobim – De Moraes)
Te Quiero, Mi Corazón (Ruud Stuurman)
Never Without You (Ruud Stuurman)
Alley Cat (Bjorn)
I Can Only Speak Of You (Ruud Stuurman)
Cryin’ In The Rain (Carole King – Howard Greenfield)
Your Mother Should Know (John Lennon – Paul McCartney)

This is the fifth album by a group that more and more people get to know as a result of many concerts, like those at the Jaarbeurs, in Utrecht, for more than 4000 people, at the “A Swingin’ Affair”-festival at Naaldwijk, and at the Beurs van Berlage, in Amsterdam, for an international audience with people from all over Europe, but also from Japan, Canada and the USA.
The title-song of  this album is the very sensitive and beautiful Spanish song “Te Quiero, Mi Corazón” by Ruud Stuurman, but “The Girl From Ipanema” is also played with great Latin feeling. Another obvious feature of the album is the Beatles song “Your Mother Should Know”, in which Paul Stuurman takes over the lead-trumpet very well. Guitar players Ruud Ebbens and Hans van der Grijp are still going strong in the album, and the new musicians of the Brass, Guus Kras on bass and Klaas de Koning on drums and percussion, are doing very well. Jack Warmerdam, who already features in “Christmas Album”, seems to enjoy taking care of the trombone-part and some percussion.
The music played by The Antonio Brass is a mixture of jazz, blues and Tijuana music and every time the audience seems to like it….

SongforAnnaSong for Anna : MPR030363
Produced by Ruud Stuurman
Arranged by Ruud Ebbens
and Ruud Stuurman
Live recorded by Stef Kenens at
the Roomburgh Theatre, Leyden
Mixed by Stef Kenens
at Clifton Studio, Wassenaar
Mastered by Paul Stuurman
at A&B Studio, Stompwijk
Engineered by Ariaan den Os,
MediaPro, Leyden
Cover/booklet design by Harry Stuurman
Album released 2003
Song Listing:
Tequila (Chuck Rio)
Feelings (L. Gaste – M. Albert)
South of the border (Jimmy Kennedy – Michael Carr)
Song for Anna (Ruud Ebbens)
Love potion no. 9 (Jerry Leiber – Mike Stoller)
Cryin’ in the rain (Carole King – Howard Greenfield)
Skokiaan (P.D.)
Strike up the band (George Gershwin – Ira Gershwin)
America (Leonard Bernstein – Stephen Sondheim)
Hello Dolly (Jerry Herman)

At the end of 2002 Ruud Stuurman disbanded the Brass. So there was no performance or recording in 2003. In the meantime there was a release of an earlier recording.
All numbers are live recorded October 23, 1991 during the concert in the Roomburgh Theatre, Leyden. At the time Ruud Stuurman played with Ruud Ebbens, guitar, Marc van Heugten, bass, and Tim Schouten, drums and vocals.
So this album is a journey through time, back to 1991.

BrazzyBusinessBrazzy Business : MPR50534
Produced by Ruud Stuurman
Arranged by Ruud Ebbens,
Ruud Stuurman and Paul Stuurman
Live recorded by Stef Kenens,except
for tracks 1 (Nico van der Horst BV)
and 7 (Rob Stuurman)
Recorded at several theatres
Mixed by Stef Kenens and Paul Stuurman
at Clifton Studio, Wassenaar and
at A&B Studio, Stompwijk
Mastered by Paul Stuurman
at A&B Studio, Stompwijk
Engineered by Ariaan den Os,
MediaPro, Leyden
Cover/booklet design by Harry Stuurman
Album released 2005
Song Listing:
Guantanamera (J.Marti)
Feelings (L. Gaste – M. Albert)
Skokiaan (P.D.)
Cryin’ in the rain (Carole King – Howard Greenfield)
Strike up the band (George Gershwin – Ira Gershwin)
Hello Dolly (Jerry Herman)
On the wings of a nightingale (Paul McCartney)
I can only speak of you (Ruud Stuurman)
The lonely bull (Sol Lake)
I will wait for you (Jobim – Mendonca – Gimbel)
Walk, don’t run (J. Smith)

Brazzy Business is the first compilation album of The Antonio Brass. All songs are taken from live performances and featured earlier on the albums “Route 47″, “Steel Brass”, “Te quiero, mi corazón” and “Song for Anna”.
Ruud Stuurman (Rudy Antonio) played at many different places, like the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht, Antonius Zalencentrum in Leiden, theatre De Naald in Naaldwijk, the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam, the Tropical Garden in Burgerveen, even in France, with always changing formations. The Antonio Brass was more a concept than a band, a name that masked a changing roster of musicians. But no matter where or with whom he played, he always liked to do his “brazzy business”.

LiveEventsLive Events : MPR60638
Produced by Ruud Stuurman
Arranged by Paul Stuurman,
Ruud Ebbens and Ruud Stuurman
Live recorded by Stef Kenens at
Imperium Theatre and Roomburgh Theatre
Mixed by Stef Kenens and Paul Stuurman
at Clifton Studio, Wassenaar and
at A&B Studio, Stompwijk
Mastered by Paul Stuurman
at A&B Studio, Stompwijk
Engineered by Ariaan den Os,
MediaPro, Leyden
Cover/booklet design by Harry Stuurman
Album released 2006
Song Listing:
The work song (Nat Adderley – Brown Jr.)
Let it be me (Gilbert Bécaud)
Route 47 (Ruud Stuurman)
Lazy bones (Johnny Mercer – Carmichael)
Up cherry street (Julius Wechter)
Alley cat (Bjorn)
Going places (Ruud Stuurman)
This guy’s in love with you (Burt Bacharach – Hal David)
Your mother should know (John Lennon – Paul McCartney)
The girl from Ipanema (Gimbel – Jobim – De Moraes)
Te quiero, mi corazón (Ruud Stuurman)
Never without you (Ruud Stuurman)

Live Events is the second compilation album of The Antonio Brass. All songs are taken from live performances and featured earlier on the albums “Route 47″, “I can only speak of you” and “Te quiero, mi corazón”.
Ruud Stuurman (Rudy Antonio) played with always changing formations. The Antonio Brass was more a concept than a band, a name that masked a changing roster of musicians. The band had a more or less permanent line-up from 1998 until the end of 2002. Permanent members besides Ruud Stuurman were Ruud Ebbens on rhythm guitar, Paul Stuurman on trumpet and Hans van der Grijp on lead guitar. But no matter where or with whom he played, the fans loved these “live events”.

QuePasa
Qué pasa Antonio? : MPR90878
Produced by Ruud Stuurman

Recorded by Frank Stuurman
Mixed and mastered by Dick de Witte
Live recorded at the Roomburgh Theatre, Leiden
Mixed and mastered at Clifton Studio, Wassenaar
Engineered by Ariaan den Os, MediaPro, Leiden
Photography by Harry Stuurman
Cover/booklet design by Paul Stuurman
Album released 2009
Song Listing:
I’m getting sentimental over you (George Bassman)
The lonely bull (Sol Lake)
The work song (Nat Adderley-Brown Jr.)
Let it be me (Gilbert Becaud)
Up cherry street (Julius Wechter)
A taste of honey (Bobby Scott-Rick Marlow)
Alley Cat (Bjorn)
Perfidia (A.Dominguez-X.Cugat-Heaganey)
The girl from Ipanema (Gimbel-Jobim-De Moraes)
Going places (Ruud Stuurman)
Route 47 (Ruud Stuurman)
My heart belongs to daddy (Cole Porter)
Imagine (John Lennon)
I will wait for you (Jobim-Mendonca-Gimbel)
Stranger on the shore (Mr. Acker Bilk-R.Mellin)
Walk, don’t run (Johnny Smith)
Acapulco 1922 (Eldon Allan)
Tequila (Chuck Rio)
Qué pasa Antonio? (Ruud Stuurman)

Returning to concert stage, after an absence of nearly four years: The Antonio Brass ! The music playd by The Antonio Brass, both existing and self-composed items, is best described as a mixture of jazz, blues and Tijuana music. The music creates a joyful atmosphere and is by no means elitist, but rather appreciated by many people of different backgrounds. At the end of 2002 Ruud Stuurman disbanded the Brass after many performances and releasing five albums during five years. In 2006, November, the Brass got together again for a one-off concert at the Roomburgh Theatre. This album is a live recording of that particular concert.