About the album
When Bob Hagen offered my band the opportunity to play in his JazzImpulse Concert Series for the 2008-2009 season, I was pleasantly surprised. The JazzXpress doesn’t often get the chance to perform on a theater circuit, which is usually reserved for music appealing to a wide audience. (We played on double bills with the wonderful singer and piano player Sanna van Vliet.)
The audiences we played for were enthusiastic, and Marius, our bass player and engineer(!), suggested we tape a couple of concerts, allowing us to document the music on this CD. After three studio albums, it was time for a live album where everybody could stretch out a bit more and respond to audience feedback.
Our tour repertoire was a mixture of standards, a few originals written by Johnny Griffin, one by Thelonious Monk and one by Marius Beets. Listening back to the tapes to make a selection for this CD, I was amazed how the band sounded live. The combination of the right spirit, talent, musicianship and swing from Rik Mol, Sjoerd Dijkhuizen, Rob van Bavel and Marius Beets makes me feel proud to be the leader of (and drummer in) this group. (from the linernotes of this CD by Eric Ineke)