On Continental (CR 73335), pianist Rembrandt Frerichs’ jazz trio displays its own sound and style on his rich originals.
In his career, pianist Rembrandt Frerichs has succeeded at not only forming his own style within jazz, but in developing original music that includes the improvisation of jazz along with the influences of European classical music, Arabic music and his own European folk heritage. Although he spent some time in the United States, the music that he creates with his trio is quite European in nature, which led to this collection of mostly original material being called Continental.
At the time of this 2011 recording, Frerichs had been working with drummer Vinsent Planjer for close to ten years and with bassist Guus Bakker for several years. They often think and sound as one, with Frerichs’ solo flights being followed closely by Bakker and Planjer, who in turn inspire the pianist to stretch himself even more. The group performs nine of the pianist’s originals along with bassist Tony Overwater’s beautiful ballad “Ji Yuan” and a version of John Coltrane’s “Countdown” that utilizes creative funk rhythms. The trio is particularly effective on ballads but they also come up with inventive ideas on the medium-tempo pieces too, particularly the driving “The Fountainhead.”
While often falling into the modern mainstream of jazz, Rembrandt Frerichs and his trio manage to always sound original, creative, and intriguing.
On Saturday the 1st of June, altsax player Bart Wirtz will perform in the North Sea Jazz Club in Amsterdam.
Wirtz will perform with his Dutch quintet and will play music from his latest album ‘iDreamer’ that won the Edison Audience award last November.
Bart Wirtz - sax
Angelo Verploegen - trumpet
Jasper Soffers - piano
Jeroen Vierdag - bas
Joost van Schaik - drums
Where and when
Saturday June 1, 2013, 21:00 hr
North Sea Jazz Club
1014 DB Amsterdam
More Info North Sea Jazz Club | Tickets
About Bart Wirtz
One of the finest young saxophonists in Europe today, Bart Wirtz has a flexible and versatile style that ranges from hard bop to freer explorations. Wirtz has his own sound and open-minded approach to playing jazz. After winning several honors (including the Erasmus Jazz Prize, the Leiden Jazz Award and the Breda Jazz Prize) his career went rapid.
Wirtz composed all compositions for his album iDreamer and recorded it in New York with top musicians from America in 2012. Wirtz is also known in groups as Arvark Saophone Quartet, Monsieur Dubois, The Very Next en het New Rotterdam Jazzorchestra.
More information on www.bartwirtz.com | www.challengerecords.com
Being acclaimed as one of the outstanding young ensembles with an ever-growing international career, Trio Mondrain returns to Holland with a new concert. On the 31st of May they will host the stage of Stadsgehoorzaal in Leiden. Their latest CD on Challenge Classics "Piano Trios" interpreting Shostakovich and Ravel proved to be intense, expressive and deeply musical and is now offered with a 15% discount!
Trio Mondrian performs regularly in Israel and Europe. "When we are on tour, our Trio becomes a true family," - say the members of the trio. The connection between them, their musical unity and exclusive mastery keep on attracting a great deal of media attention around the ensemble. In 2012 Gramophone Magazine wrote about the Trio’s recording of Shostakovich’ Second Piano Trio: ‘this performance has terrific integrity’. Meanwhile Ravel's work received following impression from the same reviewer: "The Mondrians' colours and textures in the Ravel are luminous, with delicacy and gusto achieving a fine equilibrium."
Pianist Ohad Ben-Ari, violinist Daniel Bard and cellist Hila Karni create a unique musical tapestry of exquisite sounds that expresses their extraordinary sensitivity, mature understanding and rich experience of music making. In 2007, the Trio won first prize at the prestigious International Chamber Music Competition in Trieste, Italy, as well as receiving the Special Prize for their interpretation of a Brahms Trio and the "Young Award". In addition, they have won the audience prize at the 2008 Bologna Festival.
Their concerts during last year received a very enthusiastic response from the audience, and the upcoming concert at Stadsgehoorzaal in Leiden promises to be just as exciting!
When & where:
May 31st, 20:15hr
Stadsgehoorzaal Leiden - Aalmarktzaal,
2311 EC Leiden
For this occasion we offer 15% discount on Piano Trios, the latest album of the trio! Click here to read more about the album and to go to our webshop. To obtain you discount use the discount code: "leiden"
Jeanfrancois Prins is a versatile and consistently creative jazz guitarist. His quiet sound and harmonically advanced playing recalls Jim Hall a bit while his Belgium heritage finds him hinting at times at Django Reinhardt. While he has contributed to the music of many other jazz greats (including his wife singer Judy Niemack), El Gaucho gives him an opportunity to be in the spotlight.
Prins is joined on this project by bassist Joris Teppe, drummer Victor Lewis and, on four of the 11 selections, tenor-saxophonist Rich Perry. The trio/quartet performs six of Prins’ originals, three songs by Wayne Shorter (including “El Gaucho” which is played as part of a medley with Prins’ “Noche En Las Pampas”), Victor Lewis’ Ï Wanted To Say,” “Spring Is Here” and a version of “I’ll Be Seeing You” that has Prins taking a surprising and effective vocal.
The guitarist takes his time in his playing, lets the melodies breathe, and builds his solos logically from the themes. Some of the songs (particularly some of the ones with the cool-toned Perry) are heated but the emphasis is on slower tempos, thoughtful improvisations and subtle creativity. An interesting touch is how “Spring Is Here” is sandwiched by quotes from Stravinsky’s “The Rite Of Spring.”
El Gaucho is full of exquisite music that deserves close listenings.
Last Wednesday Nicola Sergio performed in Italian Institute of Culture of Paris. Many people said it has been the best concert of the festival! Watch the clip “Scilla” from the album Symbols of 2010:
Nicola Sergio - piano
Stéphane Kerecki - Double bass
Fabrice Moreau - Drums
City of Talent gives artists the oppertunity to present their work to the audiance in the Dutch city Groningen. You can vote for the person you think that deserves a space to expose his or her skills untill the 29th of May.
Vote for Reinout Douma, a pianist, componist and conducter who established the Noordpool Orchestra which released the album ‘Radiohead, A Jazz Symphony’ last year, if you think he deserves this space.
You can vote here:
Stefan Karl Schmid is a young and talented tenor-saxophonist, soprano-saxophonist, clarinetist, flutist, arranger and composer. 26 at the time of this 2010 recording, he had studied at the Manhattan School of Music, earned a Masters in Jazz composition at the University of Cologne, and recorded with several groups as a sideman before making his debut as a leader on ExTENded.
For this project, Schmid utilizes a medium-sized ten-piece group that has the power and complexities of a modern big band but the looseness and spontaneity of a combo. He wrote all nine compositions in addition to providing the arrangements. The music is primarily modern post bop jazz and, while not a copy, is in a style that one could imagine Jim McNeely writing or the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.
The performances range from the swinging “Setting The Stage” (which has the most memorable theme) to brooding ballads and modern explorations. The band, consisting of three reeds (including Schmid, Malte Durrschnabel on alto and Niels Klein on baritone sax and bass clarinet), two trumpets, two trombones, guitar, bass and drums, is filled with strong soloists and superior musicianship. One regrets that the liner notes do not say who the soloists are among the brass players although Schmid and Durrschnabel emerge as the main solo voices.
Fans of modern jazz orchestras will find much to savor on this excellent release.
Today in Nederlands Dagblad a review of Shanti Snyder!
“Shanti Snyder sings her jazzy pop with a gospel and R&B twist with reservation, but tenacious.”
A superstar in Japan, and a rising star in the rest of the world: Shanti Snyder released Cloud 9, her promising debut album on Supertracks. This singer/songwriter digs into her soul and has it in her to touch a lot of people!
The inspiration for Changing Scenes took place during the filming of the documentary Playing New York which had members of singer-trumpeter-trombonist Eef Van Breen’s group singing on the streets of New York. Most of the music on Changing Scenes is cinematic and beyond any simple category. There are touches of jazz along with folk singing and atmospheric ensembles, with the music being filled with constant change, lots of variety, and surprises. While much of the music is laidback and thoughtful, there are some intense and passionate moments.
On various selections, Changing Scenes features van Breen, Eve Tebbe on concert harp, pianist Walter Wolff, violinists Merel Junge and Hadewych Holland, cellist Genevieve Verhage, bassist Brice Soniano and percussionist Joao Lobo. Most of the musicians also double as singers who participate on some of the selections as a chorus.
The 11 originals include three songs from Oscar Wilde’s there play Salome, four are from a sequel to the ballet Swanlake, and two were written for the film Chapman For President. Also included are “At The Fair” and the melodic “Playing New York.”
The music ranges from whimsical to haunting and there is not a dull moment to be heard. The musicianship and singing are first-rate. Changing Scenes should be explored by listeners with open minds and no preconceptions as to what to expect.
For this tour we offer €3,- discount on the latest albums 'Sardegna' and 'Dreams, Thoughts & Poetry' of Jasper Somsen! Fill in the discount code jaspersomsen at the checkout of our webshop to receive the discount immediately!
Jasper Somsen is going on tour again. This time not with his own group, but together with the the superior post-bop pianist Enrico Pieranunzi. This is one of the top jazz pianists living in Italy.
Somsen and Pieranunzi know eachoter for many years. Somsen’s first album on Challenge Records ‘Dreams, Thoughts & Poetry’ is an inspirational ode to this world famous pianist.
"The Italian pianist Enrico Pieranunzi and his new European trio did what they do best: playing jazz without fringes, with an unparalleled eloquence."
Wed. May 22 - Paradox, Tilburg (NL)
Thu. May 23 - BIM-huis, Amsterdam (NL)
Fri. May 24 - De Lindenberg, Nijmegen (NL)
Thu. May 30 - De Hoge Vorssel, Nistelrode (NL) - club members only!
Fri. May 31 - Piano Concert Series Henk Hupkes, Zeist (NL)
Sat. June 1 - Lantaren/Venster, Rotterdam (NL)
Enrico Pieranunzi - Piano
Jasper Somsen - Double Bass
Pieter Bast - Drums
The discount offer is available untill June 16.