"["].. Impetuous , poetic, rowdy , compelling , controversial and surprising.""De Gooi -en Eemlander, 15-10-2015
The Ploctones. A group with a rare solidity, determination and flexibility. A genuine four-headed monster.
Whether it concerns a rhythmic tour de force, a fun idea or a tearjerker, the quartet always sounds solid and the group members never cease to surprise each other. The changes and shifting times are whizzing past our ears.
With his ardent and passionate guitar playing the versatile and innovating Anton Goudsmit developed into a musical chameleon without losing his recognizable and characteristic style. His miscellaneous compositions are the base of poetic improvisations and flashy power performances.
A critic of the British 'Guardian' described Goudsmit as: 'the kind of musician that makes you wonder where the fire escape is'.
He graduated cum laude at the Amsterdam Music Conservatory in 1995 and today he can be reckoned as one of the most influential guitarists of the Netherlands.
Jeroen Vierdag is a strong and creative bass player who lifts the band up to a higher level with his driving groove and great virtuosity, competing with his 6-string colleague. He's been around in the field of pop, jazz, Latin and Brazilian music.
Martijn Vink is an extremely passionate drummer with a peerless technique. One moment he raises the roof and the next he colors and refines with the subtlety of a musical box. He is the regular drummer of the internationally renowned Metropole Orchestra and collaborated with many jazz giants like Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock and John Scofield.
Tenor saxophonist Efraim Trujillo stands out in hectic compositions as well as in a more ambient repertoire due to his open and dynamic playing. Because of his abundance of experience and ability to do anything with his instrument he renews and upgrades the music he plays and makes a concert of this group a special experience for the audience and the band members, time and again. Trujillo played with Courtney Pine, Benny Bailey, Steve Williamson and Bootsy Collins among many others.
["].. Impetuous , poetic, rowdy , compelling , controversial and surprising."
De Gooi -en Eemlander, 15-10-2015
With 'Ploc' The Ploctones produced a record again that spans the full width of jazz music. Filthy funk to ballads, everything is represented.
Draai Om Je Oren, 01-7-2014
"Their music is often described as a very creative and innovative; masters at improvising"
Chosen als most influential record in the field of Jazz in the Jazzism January 2014
Jazzism , 08-1-2014
Ploc is a remarkable album.
"Hard, vile and very precise!"
"This is a CD that will not get bored and recommended for lovers of contemporary jazz rock"
All ingredients of the past are still present, they are only bolder, more extreme and therefore better
One of the most responsible party jazz bands of our country
Jazzism , 01-11-2013
Playing more eager than the quartet [...] is hardly imaginable.
Limburgs Dagblad, 18-10-2013
The product is dynamic and awesome
Mania , 11-10-2013
"Also Ploc make some kind of unexpected movement to the listener, but that makes the experience of this band precisely to such an exciting roller coaster experience"
BN DeStem, 07-10-2013
"Very touching and romantic how the guitar and sax are looking for each other and how strong the energy of the music goes high and low like in Giuseppe"
NRC Handelsblad, 30-9-2013
"A blues from The Ploctones can ofcourse not be without silliness. Perhaps indeed the best band of the Netherlands"
Broadening and subtlety and the irrepressible appetite for explosive music, go effortlessly together on 'Ploc'. A versatile album from a band in top form.
"A highlight is the wonderful Giuseppe, an emotional trip up build of guitar layers that result in an infectious turbulence"
The Ploctones is not only a fantastic group of impressive players, it is also a group in which the individual voices are used to their full advantage.
It is hard, vile en very cut very precise!