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Edgar van Asselt

A Smooth Journey

  • Type CD
  • Label Daybreak
  • UPC 0608917591224
  • Catalog number DBCHR 75912
  • Release date 26 June 2009
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About the album

Edgar van Asselt - piano | Nico Schepers - trumpet | David Schnitter - tenor sax | Frans van Geest - bass | Joost van Schaik - drums.

The saying “Jazz is fun, but serious fun” is attributed to many musicians, but probably originated with Clark Terry. Van Asselt agrees with that sentiment: “Sometimes jazz can become an intellectual exercise. Some people play great, but they don’t touch me for a second. Instead of enjoying the moment, they get lost in an almost mathematical exercise. This also has to do with the institutionalization of jazz, which alienated a large part of the music’s audience.” What motivates Edgar is the challenge, the adventure, the swing.

Seven of the nine originals that make up A Smooth Journey are his, and two are by Schnitter: the Messengers-like “September 16th,” which refers to his wife Marty Mabin’s birthday, and the previously unrecorded ballad “Obscurity.” Van Asselt praises that one for its tricky harmonic structure.

A Smooth Journey was recorded in De Smederij (The Smithy, or Blacksmith’s Shop), a studio that bassist Marius Beets built behind his house in Zeist. The sound he gets makes you feel like you’re attending a live concert; he catches the spirit of a band that truly conveys the joy of playing. To my mind, that’s one message which should never be lost.

(Click on a track title to listen)
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    1
    Theme song
     
    05:18
  • 1
    2
    September 16th
     
    05:15
  • 1
    3
    Waltz For Me Bro
     
    05:21
  • 1
    4
    Minor Mischief
     
    05:32
  • 1
    5
    Pra Elis
     
    06:41
  • 1
    6
    The Wauwie Zauwie Blues
     
    05:59
  • 1
    7
    Vox Populi
     
    04:29
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    8
    Obscurity
     
    04:59
  • 1
    9
    Eye Candy
     
    04:54

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