Ruud Breuls / Simon Rigter Quintet

Rise and Shine

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Label: Challenge Records
UPC: 0608917348026
Catnr: CR 73480
Release date: 03 May 2019
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Challenge Records
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CR 73480
Release date
03 May 2019

"In the second set we hear a nice warmly played quintet that immediately starts with Rigter's 'Olivia's Dance'. 'Get Your Fringe Back' seems to come from a Blue Note LP from the early sixties."

Jazzenzo, 17-6-2022
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Bert Jansma (jazz journalist): "Such nonsense, those discussions about jazz-then, jazz-now, jazz-in-the-future and jazz-how! These were my first thoughts while listening to “Rise and Shine’ by the Dutch Ruud Breuls/Simon Rigter Quintet. Because I heard pure jazz, jazz of all eras. Not pretentious, no affectation, no back-door agendas, but jazz by five musicians who got together ‘just’ to make beautiful music. Each of them is highly skilled, and always conscious of the emotional content of their sound. Tenor sax player Simon Rigter and trumpeter Ruud Breuls first got together in 1997 under the leadership of pianist and father of Dutch jazz Cees Slinger, in the band Buddies in Soul. Slinger passed away in 2007, leaving the “buddies’ Breuls and Rigter on their own. Both are highly respected soloists in big bands, the former in the German WDR Big Band, the latter in the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw. In their current quintet, they are joined by a rhythm section of the same high calibre: pianist Karel Boehlee (who has accompanied Toots Thielemans in his European concerts), bass player Jos Machtel and the versatile drummer Marcel Serierse. Amongst the compositions they present here, there's only one standard: “Let's Cool One” by Thelonious Monk.

The remaining seven are their own work, emphasising the musical personality of the band. Three of them are penned by tenor man Rigter and four by pianist Boehlee, proving them to be strong storytellers with a colourful palette. Simon Rigter likes to quote Dizzy Gillespie, who said that good jazz has to have one foot in the past and the other in the future. “In my compositions, I am a bit more conscious of the past,” he comments, “while a musician like Karel Boehlee writes with a more modern approach”. Be that as it may, the match is ideal. Listen to Simon's boppish “Blanton”, referring to Ellington's bass player Jimmy Blanton, one of the most influential bassists in jazz history, or his ‘Rise and Shine”, with echoes of the Messengers. Or Boehlee’s beautiful “Goodbye Cerbaia”, its pain veiled by beauty and with Breuls as the perfect balladeer on flugelhorn. And Marcel Serierse’s brushes and sticks leading Rigter's jumpy “Olivia’s dance” written for his little niece; or Boehlee’s sensitive and thoughtful “Passage of Jaco”. Emotions and colours galore. ‘Honest music,’ Simon Rigter adds. ‘We recorded it in a single take, no additions, no repairs.’ Jazz that is heartfelt.“
Bert Jansma (Jazzjournalist): „So ein Unsinn, diese Diskussionen über Jazz damals, Jazz heute, Jazz der Zukunft und wie man Jazz macht! Das waren meine ersten Gedanken, als ich „Rise and Shine“ des niederländischen Ruud Breuls/Simon Rigter Quintets hörte. Weil ich reinen Jazz hörte, Jazz aller Epochen. Nicht prätentiös, nicht affektiert, keine heimlichen Absichten, sondern Jazz von fünf Musikern, die zusammengekommen sind, „nur“ um schöne Musik zu machen, jeder von ihnen äußerst versiert und stets des emotionalen Inhalts seines Klanges bewusst. Tenorsaxophonist Simon Rigter und Trompeter Ruud Breuls kamen erstmals 1997 unter der Leitung des Pianisten und Vater des niederländischen Jazz Cees Slinger in der Band Buddies in Soul zusammen. Slinger starb 2007 und ließ die „Buddies“ Rigter und Breul allein zurück. Beide sind sehr respektierte Solisten in Big Bands, der erste in der deutschen WDR Big Band, der zweite im Jazz Orchestra des Concertgebouws. In ihrem aktuellen Quintett kommt eine Rhythmusgruppe gleichen Kalibers dazu: Pianist Karel Boehlee (der Toots Thielemans bei seinen Europakonzerten begleitete), Bassist Jos Machtel und der vielseitige Drummer Marcel Serierse. Unter den Kompositionen, die sie hier präsentieren, findet sich nur ein Standard: „Let’s Cool One“ von Thelonius Monk. Die übrigen sieben Titel sind Eigenkompositionen, die die musikalische Persönlichkeit der Band betonen. Drei davon stammen aus der Feder von Saxophonist Rigter, vier aus der von Pianist Boehlee, und sie zeigen beide Musiker als starke Erzähler mit großer Farbpalette. Simon Rigter zitiert gerne Dizzy Gillespie, der sagte, dass guter Jazz mit einem Fuß in der Vergangenheit und mit einem Fuß in der Gegenwart stehen muss. „In meinen Kompositionen bin ich mir der Vergangenheit ein bisschen mehr bewusst“, sagt er, „während ein Musiker wie Karel Boehlee mit modernerem Ansatz schreibt.“ Wie dem auch sei, es passt perfekt. Hören Sie sich nur Rigters schwofiges „Blanton“ an, das sich auf Ellingtons Bassist Jimmy Blanton bezieht, einem der einflussreichsten Bassisten in der Geschichte des Jazz, oder sein „Rise and Shine“, mit Echos der Messengers. Oder Boehlees wunderschönes „Goodbye Cerbaia“, sein Schmerz gehüllt in Schönheit und mit Breuls als perfektem Bänkelsänger am Flügelhorn. Und Marcel Serierses Besen und Sticks in Rigters sprunghaftem „Olivia’s Dance“, geschrieben für seine kleine Nichte; oder Boehlees einfühlsames und nachdenkliches „Passage of Iaco“. Emotionen und Farben zuhauf. „Ehrliche Musik“, fügt Simon Rigter hinzu. „Wir haben das in einem einzigen Take aufgenommen, nichts hinzugefügt, nichts repariert.“ Aufrichtiger Jazz.

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Simon Rigter (Leiden, 1973), the son of saxophonist Bob Rigter, studied from 1989 to 1996 at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague with John Ruocco. He continued his studies with Ferdinand Povel at the Hilversum Conservatory, where ge graduated in 1997.

Simon recorded with the Dutch Jazz Orchestra, The Jazz Ochestra of the Concertgebouw, The Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra, The Reeds, Curtis Fuller, Slide Hampton, John Marshall, Cees Slinger, Victor Kaihato, Peter Beets, Ruud Breus and many others. He performed with artists such as George Coleman, Elvin Jones, Joe Cohn, Jim Rotondi, Nancy Marano, Alvin Queen, Ferdinand Povel, Ruud Jacobs, Pim Jacobs, Frans Elsen, Rob van Kreefeld, Peter Beets and Marco Kegel and gave concerts in China, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, India, Israel, Jamaica and Japan.
He is a member of the Dutch Jazz Orchestra, The Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, The Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra, The Reeds, Saxology and various ensembles.

Ruud Breuls
Ruud Breuls is a jazz trumpeter and session musician, who is also a member of the Metropole Orchestra. He studied at the conservatories of Rotterdam and Amsterdam. He won the Wessel Iicken prize in 1988, a prize to encourage young talented musicians. After his graduation he started teaching at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. He is one of the most sought after trumpet players in the Netherlands and, in addition to playing in the Metropole Orchestra, he is also a member of the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw and the Dutch Jazz Orchestra.

Press

In the second set we hear a nice warmly played quintet that immediately starts with Rigter's 'Olivia's Dance'. 'Get Your Fringe Back' seems to come from a Blue Note LP from the early sixties.
Jazzenzo, 17-6-2022

Nominees Edison Jazzism Audience Award 2020
Jazzism, 16-10-2020

An extremely compelling album! As if that music has always existed, has a natural flow, the evidence itself.
JazznMore, 06-11-2019

on Rise and Shine there is an emotional and colourful brass section on the programme...  top-class original compositions...
Inmusic, 01-8-2019

Jazz from the time of jazz
Jazzism, 14-6-2019

Music from the Simon Rigter - Ruud Breuls Quintet at its best: from the heart to the heart.
Dagblad De Limburger, 12-6-2019

Another tasteful group that shows that Dutch jazz is at a high level.
Rootstime, 03-6-2019

Everything is right on "Rise and Shine". With this energetic and soulful album, these old dogs show that the jazz tradition is alive and kicking.
Jazzenzo, 26-5-2019

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