"The Gordon legacy, of course, consists of umpteen performances by the great man, but this evocation of his writing, and with vigorous interpretations to match, is a contemporary reminder of his significance as a jazz force that continues to have relevance and exert lasting influence."Jazz Journal, 09-1-2017
Eric Ineke (born Haarlem, April 1, 1947) is a Dutch jazz drummer who started his career in the 1960s. In 1969 he made his first record with tenor saxophonist Ferdinand Povel and through the years he has played with the Rob Agerbeek Quintet, the Rein de Graaff/Dick Vennik Quartet, the Ben van den Dungen/Jarmo Hoogendijk Quintet and the Piet Noordijk Quartet. During his career he has also played with numerous international, mainly American soloists like Dexter Gordon, Johnny Griffin, George Coleman, Shirley Horn, Dizzy Gillespie, Al Cohn, Grant Stewart, Jimmy Raney, Barry Harris, Eric Alexander and Dave Liebman, recorded numerous CD’s and appeared at many national and international jazz festivals (North Sea Jazz Festival, Nice Jazz Festival, Pescara Jazz, San Remo, Athens, Toronto Jazz Festival, Montreal International Jazz Festival and New York). For more than 35 years he has been the drummer of the Rein de Graaff Trio and since 2006 has led the Eric Ineke JazzXpress, a quintet in the hard-bop tradition. With this quintet, Eric Ineke got invited in 2011 by the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City with jazz singer Deborah Brown where they did a few performances, including one on Kansas Public Radio and a CD recording produced by Bobby Watson. Eric Ineke also teaches at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. Eric Ineke is giving masterclasses all around the world. In April 2012 he released his first book The Ultimate Sideman, in conversation with Dave Liebman.
The Gordon legacy, of course, consists of umpteen performances by the great man, but this evocation of his writing, and with vigorous interpretations to match, is a contemporary reminder of his significance as a jazz force that continues to have relevance and exert lasting influence.
Jazz Journal, 09-1-2017
''The result is phenomenal.''
''You could say, jazz from the time of jazz.''
''This tribute album shows a number of Dexter's biggest works.''
Music Emotion, 01-12-2016
''Fine bebop from this ensemble wich are all Dutch top players.''
Doctor Jazz Magazine, 01-12-2016
"The Eric Ineke JazzXpress is a sparkling ensemble that brings old happiness into the Dutch jazz and that brings the music of the great masters alive.''
Swinging and bursting and thereby forgetting about the daily rush.
"Imagine my delight, then, when drummer Eric Ineke contacted me from his base in The Netherlands to share with me that his working group - The JazzXpress - had just released a new CD featuring ten original compositions by none other than Dexter Gordon!!"
Jazzhalo / 11-10-2016
"Eric Ineke Jazz Xpress takes us right back to the sparkling sound of Dexter in the idiom of contemporary jazz."
The Eric Ineke JazzXpress takes us right back to the sparkling sound of Dexter in the idiom of contemporary jazz. Dexternity proves to be an inimitable tribute to this tenor giant by one of his finest companions.