Bart Wirtz


Price: € 12.95
Format: CD
Label: Challenge Records
UPC: 0608917332025
Catnr: CR 73320
Release date: 27 October 2011
1 CD
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€ 12.95
Challenge Records
Catalogue number
CR 73320
Release date
27 October 2011

About the album

Alto saxophonist Bart Wirtz had a dream: Recording a CD with an American allstarband in New York. Challenge Records offered him this opportunity. And a dream came true.
World famous trumpet player Nicholas Payton, a big fan of Wirtz' hardjazzband Monsieur Dubois, was eager to co-operate in this project. Bassist Richie Goods was next. And last but not least pianist Xavier Davis and drummer Kendrick Scott, a member of the band of Herbie Hancock. And so a line-up of extraordinary quality was founded. And of pure chemistry, which can be heard from the first note.

Bart Wirtz nimmt elegant die nächste Stufe: nach seiner Teilhabe am Erfolg der Band 'Monsieur Dubois', die in den vergangenen Jahren auch mehrmals in Deutschland on Tour war, und seinem ersten Album mit seinem holländischen Quartett ('Prologue', 2009) stellt er jetzt seine US-amerikanische Band vor, mit einer echten All-Star-Besetzung. Verwunderlich ist das nicht, denn Wirtz war schon immer auch in der amerikanischen Jazz-Tradition verwurzelt, seine Vorbilder reichen von Art Pepper bis Jackie McLean. 10 Eigenkompositionen machen aber auch deutlich, dass er willens und in der Lage ist, eigene Interpretationen zu liefern.


One of the finest young saxophonists in Europe today, Bart Wirtz has a flexible and versatile style that ranges from hard bop to freer explorations. A logical extension of such giants as Jackie McLean, Frank Morgan and Art Pepper among others, Wirtz has his own sound and open-minded approach to playing jazz. Born in the Netherlands, he attended the Rotterdam Conservatory, winning several honors (including the Erasmus Jazz Prize, the Leiden Jazz Award and the Breda Jazz Prize) while in the conservatory. Wirtz graduated in 2002 and then spent a half-year in New York. Returning to Amsterdam, he became very busy with his career and has not stopped since. Bart Wirtz has become an important member of five different jazz groups. The Young Sinatras is a ten-piece band that includes singer Paul van Kessel. Monsieur Dubois is quite a bit different in style, mixing together funk, soul jazz, jungle beats and Afro grooves. Monsieur Dubois has thus far recorded two CDs for Challenge: Ruff and Soul Integration. The Artvark Saxophone Quartet gives Wirtz another separate area of music to explore. The a capella quartet, grooves while also being open to playing free and adventurous solos and ensembles without the comfort of a rhythm section. Wirtz describes the 16-piece Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra as “the best young Dutch musicians in one big band conducted by Johan Plomp.”

For his new album, with a brand new American band with a great line-up, he recorded in New York!



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