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24 February 2017
"Lush lines with a brutal raw edge."Trouw, 24-3-2017
One thing which is really important for us as musicians is not to get stuck in a rut. We keep looking for the inspiration which will allow us to develop. When Siggi Loch called us up last year, and asked if we were interested in making another album for the ACT label, naturally we agreed – but we also admitted that we hadn‘t really given it much thought, and we certainly didn‘t have a unifying concept, which is something people seem to expect from an album these days.
So it was our good fortune when he threw a suggestion into the discussion: we should head off for New York, be inspired by the magic of the city, and of course by all the jazz to be found there. Plans started to fall into place quite swiftly. The bedrock of our studio band would be Tim Lefebvre on bass and Nate Wood on drums, both of whom agreed straight away to get involved. But the cherry on this particular cake was the opportunity to draft in Donny McCaslin. The myth really is true: musicians of genuine stature don‘t just play like a dream, they also have amazing presence and charisma, a factor which gave us an incredible lift on both of the days of our recording session. In the studio, we were able to switch both our brains and the outside world to silent, and to give our feelings free rein.
Were we going to produce important statements? Or was it just going to be a joyful conversation? Somehow it didn‘t really matter, because, in the moment, everything felt so completely honest and right. These sessions were all about music - and energy. We found ourselves in a New York state of mind that was authentic, uncontrived and natural. It was a great place to have landed.
Lush lines with a brutal raw edge.
(...) With American 'heavy weights', but it stays their show. (...)