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Review by Scott Yanow: Eric Vloeimans - V-Flow

14-08-2013 Review by Scott Yanow: Eric Vloeimans - V-Flow

The five CD-set V-Flow (CHR 70163) has many of the highpoints from trumpeter Eric Vloeimans’ career, dating from 1992-2005
          
One of the top European jazz musicians, trumpeter Eric Vloeimans celebrated his 50th birthday in 2013. Born and based in the Netherlands, Vloeimans studied classical music at the Rotterdam Academy of Music before switching permanently to jazz. After graduating in 1988, he spent some time in New York where he studied with Donald Byrd and played in the big bands of Mercer Ellington and Frank Foster. He has since returned to Europe where he has been long considered an influential trumpeter on the scene. Vloeimans’ playing, while based in the roots of jazz, is forward-looking, sometimes utilizes electronics, and could be considered post bop. He always takes adventurous solos.

V-Flow is a five-CD set that does an excellent job of summing up the first 13 years of Vloeimans’ recording career, dating from 1992-2005. The 59 selections are drawn from each of Vloeimans’ first 15 albums as a leader plus sideman dates with pianists Marc van Roon, Michel Borstlap and Jarmo Savolainen, Bob Brookmeyer’s New Art Orchestra, and the electronics of Michel Banabila. Among the many notable musicians who are heard from are guitarists Anton Goudsmit, Nguyen Le and Philip Catherine, saxophonists Dick de Graaf and Peter Weniger, pianists John Taylor and Enrico Pieranunzi, bassist Marc Johnson, and drummers Joey Baron and Joe LaBarbera.
           
V-Flow gives listeners a generous sampling from Eric Vloeimans’ career, and makes one look forward to his future projects.
 
Scott Yanow

 

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