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Flo's Flow

Floriaan Wempe

Flo's Flow

Format: CD
Label: Challenge Records
UPC: 0608917334722
Catnr: CR 73347
Release date: 25 September 2012
1 CD
 
Label
Challenge Records
UPC
0608917334722
Catalogue number
CR 73347
Release date
25 September 2012

"PCC winner (Klassieke 'Kinder' Zaken): "The core at the jazz music is swing, timing, improvisation and originality""

Klassieke Zaken, 01-4-2016
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About the album

'Flo's Flow' is a fresh and adventurous CD, on which 7 out of 8 tracks are Floriaan's compositions. The music can be categorized as melodic, energetic and romantic jazz, deeply rooted in the tradition, ranging from swinging neobop to latin and funk influences. Especially for the recording Floriaan wrote a few arrangements for 3 horns featuring Tom van der Zaal on alto saxophone and John Ruocco on clarinet.

For the recording of his debut Floriaan brought together a band of phenomenal musicians to do a tour and record his debut CD as a leader. This stellar cast consists of Karel Boehlee on piano (Toots Thielemans, Gino Vannelli), Jos Machtel on bass (Brussels Jazz Orchestra) and, all the way from New York, Willie Jones III on drums (Roy Hargrove Quintet & RH Factor, Hank Jones). It can only be described as a dream for a 22-yearold to work with some of the finest and most experienced musicians around.
'Flo's Flow' is a fresh and adventurous CD, on which 7 out of 8 tracks are Floriaan's compositions. The music can be categorized as melodic, energetic and romantic jazz, deeply rooted in the tradition, ranging from swinging neobop to latin and funk influences. Especially for the recording Floriaan wrote a few arrangements for 3 horns featuring Tom van der Zaal on alto saxophone and John Ruocco on clarinet.

For the recording of his debut Floriaan brought together a band of phenomenal musicians to do a tour and record his debut CD as a leader. This stellar cast consists of Karel Boehlee on piano (Toots Thielemans, Gino Vannelli), Jos Machtel on bass (Brussels Jazz Orchestra) and, all the way from New York, Willie Jones III on drums (Roy Hargrove Quintet & RH Factor, Hank Jones). It can only be described as a dream for a 22-yearold to work with some of the finest and most experienced musicians around.

Artist(s)

Floriaan Wempe

Since Floriaan Wempe (1989) was young, he heard a lot of jazz and classical music, and when only 5 years old, he already asked for CD's by Charlie Parker and John Coltrane. It was clear that he was going to play the saxophone. When he was 9 years old, and finally changed teeth, he could start taking lessons. After a few years of classical lessons, Floriaan started to focus on jazz and at the age of 12 he suddenly became second in the prestigious national Prinses Christina Jazz Competition. In the years that followed, Floriaan was part of a band of promising musicians led by Robert Veen, with which he played a lot of different venues. Among them the Dutch...
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Since Floriaan Wempe (1989) was young, he heard a lot of jazz and classical music, and when only 5 years old, he already asked for CD's by Charlie Parker and John Coltrane. It was clear that he was going to play the saxophone. When he was 9 years old, and finally changed teeth, he could start taking lessons. After a few years of classical lessons, Floriaan started to focus on jazz and at the age of 12 he suddenly became second in the prestigious national Prinses Christina Jazz Competition. In the years that followed, Floriaan was part of a band of promising musicians led by Robert Veen, with which he played a lot of different venues. Among them the Dutch North Sea Jazz Festival for four times! With the last generation of this initiative, "The New Arrivals", he attended the Prinses Christina Jazz Competition again in 2006. The professional jury as well as the laureate jury awarded him the first prize. In 2007, Floriaan started his education at the Royal Conservatory in Den Haag. He was taught by musicians such as John Ruocco, Toon Roos and Rolf Delfos.
In the last year, Floriaan developed and profiled himself as a soloist in different contexts and as a section player with ensembles such as New Cool Collective and the Royal Conservatory Big Band. As a soloist, Floriaan won the Leidse Jazz Award 2012, including the audience award and in March that year he was nominated for the prestigious Deloitte Jazz Award. Despite his very young age, Floriaan studied and played with a lot of the big ones like Benjamin Herman, Peter Beets, Rik Mol, Peter Guidi, Jos Machtel, Juraj Stanik, Karel Boehlee, Joost van Schaik, Frank McComb, Slide Hampton, Joe Cohn, Peter Erskine, Don Braden, Owen Hart jr., Reuben Rogers, Gregory Hutchinson and Ralph Peterson jr. He has played in the Bimhuis, the North Sea Jazz Festival, The Hague Jazz, Haarlem Jazz Festival and Utrecht Jazz Festival.

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Joseph Haydn

(Franz) Joseph Haydn was a prolific Austrian composer of the Classical period. He was instrumental in the development of chamber music such as the piano trio and his contributions to musical form have earned him the epithets 'Father of the Symphony' and 'Father of the String Quartet'.   Haydn spent much of his career as a court musician for the wealthy Esterházy family at their remote estate. Until the later part of his life, this isolated him from other composers and trends in music so that he was, as he put it, 'forced to become original'. Yet his music circulated widely and for much of his career he was the most celebrated composer in Europe.   He was a friend and mentor of Mozart,...
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(Franz) Joseph Haydn was a prolific Austrian composer of the Classical period. He was instrumental in the development of chamber music such as the piano trio and his contributions to musical form have earned him the epithets "Father of the Symphony" and "Father of the String Quartet".
Haydn spent much of his career as a court musician for the wealthy Esterházy family at their remote estate. Until the later part of his life, this isolated him from other composers and trends in music so that he was, as he put it, "forced to become original". Yet his music circulated widely and for much of his career he was the most celebrated composer in Europe.
He was a friend and mentor of Mozart, a teacher of Beethoven, with whom he formed the First Viennese School. He was also the older brother of composer Michael Haydn.

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PCC winner (Klassieke 'Kinder' Zaken): "The core at the jazz music is swing, timing, improvisation and originality"
Klassieke Zaken, 01-4-2016

Wempe's lyrical and energetic sound moves across a great many genres, from ballads to high-energy numbers, and from funk and latin to swingin neo-bop.
Jazzism juni/juli 2013, 14-6-2013

Just an all-around impressive debut.  I’m very excited to see where all this leads.
Bird is the worm , 10-1-2013

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