Live At The Concertgebouw has trumpeter Eric Vloeimans and pianist Florian Weber beautifully playing original ballads.
Trumpeter Eric Vloeimans originally studied classical music at the Rotterdam Academy of Music before switching to jazz. Since the mid-1980s, he has been heard in many different settings in Europe including playing in the U.S. with drummer Joey Baron, and working in Europe with cellist Ernst Reijseger, guitarist Nguyen Le, bassist Lars Daniellson and others. Sometimes Vloiemans has used electronics on his horn to get a variety of effects.
Live At The Concertgebouw, which is Vloeimans’ 15th album as a leader, is quite a bit different. This set of duets with pianist Florian Weber consists (with the exception of one traditional piece) exclusively of original ballads composed by Vloeimans.
While no performance is taken faster than a medium tempo pace and most of the pieces are slower, the music is never sleepy. Vloeimans’ horn sounds mellow but there is a lot of inner heat in his melodic interpretations. The close interplay between Vloeimans and Weber has the two musicians thinking as one, and their playing is consistently subtle.
Live At The Concertgebouw, which was recorded without an audience, is recommended to listeners who want to hear fresh material beautifully played by two very talented musicians. The results are often exquisite and haunting.