A major veteran saxophonist from Holland who played for years with the Dutch Jazz Orchestra, Toon Roos has been an important jazz artist since the mid-1980s. On Angel Dance, he is heard in prime form. Roos is teamed with pianist Karel Boehlee, bassist Hein van de Geyn, and the famous American drummer Peter Erskine plus (for two songs) one or two percussionists.
Roos has an original tone (influenced a little by both Wayne Shorter and Stan Getz) and fits well into the hard bop/post bop jazz world. What is particularly noteworthy about Angel Dance is that all ten compositions come from the band (Roos contributed five), and many are worthy of becoming standards in the future. The music ranges from heated romps (particularly “Keep It Going”) to melancholy ballads and relaxed medium-tempo pieces, with Erskine’s “Song For Jaco” being a particularly touching ballad.
While Roos is excellent throughout, pianist Boehlee is very complementary and has “Prelude For Peace And Compassion” as a solo feature.
In addition to the ten songs on the CD, Angel Dance also includes a fascinating DVD called Dancing With Angels that is a musical portrait of Toon Roos, allowing listeners to see as well as hear Roos in performance at the Bimhuis and North Sea Jazz Festivals.
Angel Dance is a perfect introduction to the music of Toon Roos.