Trumpeter Jan Van Duikeren’s Fingerprint (CR 73328) has grooving and lightly funky jazz reminiscent of the 1970s Crusaders.
Jan Van Duikeren is a fine trumpeter from the Netherlands who has a mellow sound and a style that on his own projects is rhythm and blues-oriented. In his career he has worked with Candy Dulfer (touring with her for 15 years), James Carter, Sheila E, the Metropole Orchestra, Diana Ross, and Bob Brookmeyer among many others. In addition to his tours with Dulfer and heading his own group Fingerprint, Van Duikeren currently works with such bands as The Special Request Horns, The New Cool Collective Big Band, and the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw.
Fingerprint is a quintet that also includes Tom Beek on tenor, guitarist Jesse Van Ruller, keyboardist Ronald Kool, bassist Manuel Hugas, and drummer Martijn Vink. On their debut CD, Candy Dulfer plays her alto on three numbers, and two additional horns are added on a pair of selections.
The music on Fingerprint is often reminiscent of the Crusaders in the 1970s despite the difference in instrumentation (trumpet instead of trombone). The music is lightly funky, melodic, grooves and generally falls between jazz and instrumental r&b. Beek’s solos are strong, Kool’s keyboards set the grooves, and Van Duikeren (who composed or co-composed all ten selections) displays an appealing tone. A few songs are a bit more straight ahead (including “Happy Quick Licks”) and there are variations in tempos and grooves.
The performances on Fingerprint succeed both as background dance music and for close listening.