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Inside Out

Juraj Stanik Trio

Inside Out

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Format: CD
Label: Challenge Records
UPC: 0608917348828
Catnr: CR 73488
Release date: 12 June 2020
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12 June 2020

"... The title track "The Deep" by Jasper Bloom is a bouncy funky number and another contrast that highlights the relaxed mood of the other, ballad-like numbers."

Jazz'n More, 16-3-2023
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The title of this CD, Inside out, is an homage to the Dutch jazz pianist Rob Madna (1931-2003). I also would like to show gratitude to a generation of Dutch musicians of his time who were (and are) truly exceptional. With one of them, flugelhorn player Ack van Rooyen, I just completed an Indonesian tour (Jakarta & Bandung). Indonesia was the country Rob Madna originated from. While travelling, meeting new people and being subject to new impressions, Rob was often on my mind. He was not just a piano player and arranger. In fact, he was quite an influential musical character. Thad Jones asked him to write for and play in his famous Thad Jones, Mel Lewis orchestra. This indicates the level of his mastery. Bass player Frans van der Hoeven played in Rob Madna’s band for years. When I got back to the Netherlands, Frans and I decided to record at least one of Rob’s original compositions. Jazz musicians learn from listening to others. I have definitely learned a lot from listening to Rob’s music.

I always enjoy writing for and performing with my piano trio. When I write music for a jazz ensemble, I don’t want to dictate too much. Instead of putting a lot of information in, I prefer to give space. Hopefully this inspires the improviser to come up with original, personal ideas. I love it when skilled musicians turn a composition inside out!

When I was young, I performed classical music as a cellist. Most probably it influenced the way I write and play music. There are always melodies or ‘earworms’ lingering in my mind. Sometimes, I write a complete tune based on such melodies. At other times I endlessly experiment with form, shape and ideas. My aim is to give each tune a specific atmosphere. I am thrilled that Challenge Records gives me opportunity to distribute my music. For this album I selected a number of tunes that gives the listener a variety of musical colours. I hope that you enjoy the music as much as I enjoyed working on this project!
Juraj Stanik
Der Titel dieser CD, Inside Out, ist eine Hommage an den niederländischen Jazzpianisten Rob Madna (1931-2003). Ich möchte auch meine Dankbarkeit ausdrücken für eine Generation niederländischer Musiker seiner Zeit, die alle wahrhaftig außergewöhnlich sind und waren. Mit einem von ihnen, dem Flügelhornisten Ack van Rooyen, habe ich gerade eine Indonesien-Tournee (Jakarta und Bandung) beendet. Indonesien ist Rob Madnas Heimatland. Auf Reisen, wenn ich neue Leute kennenlernte und viele neue Eindrücke bekam, dachte ich oft an Rob. Er war nicht nur ein Pianist und Arrangeur, er war vor allem eine ziemlich einflussreiche musikalische Figur. Thad Jones bat ihn, für sein berühmtes Thad Jones, Mel Lewis Orchestra zu schreiben und zu spielen; hierin zeigt sich sein immens hohes Niveau. Bassist Frans van der Hoeven spielte jahrelang in Rob Madnas Band. Als ich wieder in den Niederlanden war, entschlossen Frans und ich uns, zumindest eine von Robs Eigenkompositionen aufzunehmen. Jazzmusiker lernen, wenn sie anderen zuhören. Ich habe beim Hören von Robs Musik eindeutig eine Menge gelernt.

Ich schreibe immer gerne für mein Klaviertrio und trete gerne mit ihm auf. Wenn ich Musik für ein Jazzensemble schreibe, möchte ich nicht zu viel vorgeben. Anstatt viel Information zu bieten, gebe ich lieber Raum. Hoffentlich inspiriert das den Improvisator zu originellen, persönlichen Ideen. Ich liebe es, wenn erfahrene Musiker eine Komposition umkrempeln und ihr Innerstes nach außen kehren!

Als ich jung war, spielte ich viel Klassik auf dem Cello. Das beeinflusst höchstwahrscheinlich, wie ich Musik schreibe und spiele.
Ich habe immer Melodien oder Ohrwürmer im Kopf. Manchmal schreibe ich einen ganzen Tune auf der Basis solcher Melodien. Ein anderes Mal experimentiere ich endlos mit Form, Gestalt und Ideen. Mein Ziel ist es, jedem Tune eine bestimmte Atmosphäre zu verleihen.
Es freut mich riesig, dass Challenge Records mir die Gelegenheit gibt, meine Musik zu verbreiten. Für dieses Album habe ich eine Reihe von Tunes ausgewählt, die dem Hörer eine Vielzahl musikalischer Farben bieten. Ich hoffe, Sie haben genauso viel Spaß am Hören, wie ich ihn am Schreiben hatte.
Juraj Stanik

Artist(s)

Frans van der Hoeven (double bass)

Frans van der Hoeven played with Clark Terry, Woody Shaw, Barney Wilen, Jack deJohnette, Eivind Aarset, Harry Sweets Edison, Art Farmer, Ronnie Cuber, Tom Harrel, Lee Konitz, Dee Dee Bridgewater,Toots Thielemans, Kurt Rosenwinkel and more…and recorded with:The Toon Roos Quartet, Rob Madna,Jesse van Ruller,Han Bennink, Diederik Wissels/David Linx, Art Farmer, Charlie Mariano,Fairouz,Lew Tabackin, the Dutch Jazz Orchestra and others.
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Frans van der Hoeven played with Clark Terry, Woody Shaw, Barney Wilen, Jack deJohnette, Eivind Aarset, Harry Sweets Edison, Art Farmer, Ronnie Cuber, Tom Harrel, Lee Konitz, Dee Dee Bridgewater,Toots Thielemans, Kurt Rosenwinkel and more…and recorded with:The Toon Roos Quartet, Rob Madna,Jesse van Ruller,Han Bennink, Diederik Wissels/David Linx, Art Farmer, Charlie Mariano,Fairouz,Lew Tabackin, the Dutch Jazz Orchestra and others.

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Juraj Stanik (piano)

Juraj Stanik (1969) is a respected jazz pianist and a real musician's musician. He graduated Cum  Laude at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, was finalist at the Wessel Ilcken Concours, winner of the Pall Mall Export Swing Award and with the quintet “Five Up High” won the Leverkusen Jazz Award.   As well as standards Juraj plays many of his own numbers during performances. New titles are regularly added to his already large catalogue of compositions. He is also engaged in his own musical development at the Royal Conservatoire, and Chopin, Debussy, Ravel, Bartok and Messiaen can frequently be heard in his own musical conceptions.   Juraj Stanik's sources of inspiration are wide. He has a clear respect for the jazz tradition, but...
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Juraj Stanik (1969) is a respected jazz pianist and a real musician's musician. He graduated Cum Laude at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, was finalist at the Wessel Ilcken Concours, winner of the Pall Mall Export Swing Award and with the quintet “Five Up High” won the Leverkusen Jazz Award.
As well as standards Juraj plays many of his own numbers during performances. New titles are regularly added to his already large catalogue of compositions. He is also engaged in his own musical development at the Royal Conservatoire, and Chopin, Debussy, Ravel, Bartok and Messiaen can frequently be heard in his own musical conceptions.
Juraj Stanik's sources of inspiration are wide. He has a clear respect for the jazz tradition, but is also inspired by contemporary pioneers such as John Scofield, Chris Potter and Joe Lovano. As well as this he is strongly influenced by classical music.

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Composer(s)

Rob Madna

Pianist Rob Madna (The Hague,1931-2003) was fully self-taught. His professional musical career has severely suffered under his job as math teacher, that prompted him to reject offers of Thad Jones, Freddie Hubbard and Lucky Thompson to fill the piano bench on their European tours. First in 1985 he became involved in music full time, accepting to teach jazz piano at the Hilversum Conservatory. Yet he is regarded as one of the greatest Dutch jazz pianists, who unfortunately showed little interest in recording. The few records he made are very high rated in the jazz world. Dutch pianist and composer Rob Madna is considered one of the founders of modern jazz in postwar Holland. He was born June 8, 1931 and...
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Pianist Rob Madna (The Hague,1931-2003) was fully self-taught. His professional musical career has severely suffered under his job as math teacher, that prompted him to reject offers of Thad Jones, Freddie Hubbard and Lucky Thompson to fill the piano bench on their European tours. First in 1985 he became involved in music full time, accepting to teach jazz piano at the Hilversum Conservatory. Yet he is regarded as one of the greatest Dutch jazz pianists, who unfortunately showed little interest in recording. The few records he made are very high rated in the jazz world. Dutch pianist and composer Rob Madna is considered one of the founders of modern jazz in postwar Holland. He was born June 8, 1931 and passed away on April 5, 2003. Madna was a complete autodidact, who learned to play by listening to whatever records happened to be around the house: music of Teddy Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald, or a recording of George Gershwin’s ‘Porgy and Bess.’ Together with neighborhood friends Ack en Jerry van Rooijen, Rob listened as much as he could to jazz and dance orchestras during the Second World War. After the war he heard the latest music from America, including bebop, which was to have a deep impact on his further musical growth. Apart from submerging himself in music, Madna developed a fascination for mathematics, and he decided to pursue a career as a mathematician rather than a musician. Rob always shunned the spotlights and a life on the road didn’t appeal to him. With what he considered his Asian relativism, he did not seek public recognition and much of his musical life would take place in relative invisibility. Nevertheless, Madna did perform with many jazz outfits, and subbed in many orchestras. He was deeply respected by his fellow musicians and those listeners who knew him.In 1955 he recorded for the first time, participating in the anthologies 'Jazz From Holland' and 'Jazz Behind the Dikes'. Among his more recent recordings are the 1996 CD 'Update', with his trio and The Dutch Jazz Orchestra, followed by a 2000 live recording issued in the Daybreak piano series 'En Blanc Et Noir'. In his long career Rob Madna played with luminaries such as Phil Woods, Dexter Gordon, Don Byas, Lucky Thompson and Freddie Hubbard. Rob Madna's greatest model was Miles Davis, Thad Jones being another particular inspiration. During the 2003 North Sea Jazz Festival he posthumously received the prestigious Bird Award for his complete works.
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Mal Waldron

A pianist with a brooding, rhythmic, introverted style, Mal Waldron's playing has long been flexible enough to fit into both hard bop and freer settings. Influenced by Thelonious Monk's use of space, Waldron has had his own distinctive chord voicings nearly from the start. Early on, Waldron played jazz on alto and classical music on piano, but he switched permanently to jazz piano while at Queens College. He freelanced around New York in the early '50s with Ike Quebec (for whom he made his recording debut), Big Nick Nicholas, and a variety of R&B-ish groups. Waldron frequently worked with Charles Mingus from 1954-1956 and was Billie Holiday's regular accompanist during her last two years (1957-1959). Often hired by Prestige to supervise recording sessions, Waldron contributed many originals (including 'Soul Eyes,' which became a standard) and basic...
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A pianist with a brooding, rhythmic, introverted style, Mal Waldron's playing has long been flexible enough to fit into both hard bop and freer settings. Influenced by Thelonious Monk's use of space, Waldron has had his own distinctive chord voicings nearly from the start. Early on, Waldron played jazz on alto and classical music on piano, but he switched permanently to jazz piano while at Queens College. He freelanced around New York in the early '50s with Ike Quebec (for whom he made his recording debut), Big Nick Nicholas, and a variety of R&B-ish groups. Waldron frequently worked with Charles Mingus from 1954-1956 and was Billie Holiday's regular accompanist during her last two years (1957-1959). Often hired by Prestige to supervise recording sessions, Waldron contributed many originals (including "Soul Eyes," which became a standard) and basic arrangements that prevented spontaneous dates from becoming overly loose jam sessions.

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George Gershwin

George Gershwin was an American composer, who is mostly known due to his combinations of classical and popular music genres. George Gershwin grew up in a poor neighbourhood in New York. His parents were Russian immigrants who had trouble making ends meet. They did, however, decide to purchase an old piano so Ira Gershwin could study to become a musician. Yet, it turned out not Ira, but his younger brother George showed remarkable talent. Ira applied himself to writing song lyrics and together the Gershwin brothers became absolute greats in the world of 20th century musicals. Nowadays, George's compositions are still relevant, as is evidenced by the many performances of his Rhapsody in Blue from 1924. But the best example is the ageless Summtertime,...
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George Gershwin was an American composer, who is mostly known due to his combinations of classical and popular music genres.

George Gershwin grew up in a poor neighbourhood in New York. His parents were Russian immigrants who had trouble making ends meet. They did, however, decide to purchase an old piano so Ira Gershwin could study to become a musician. Yet, it turned out not Ira, but his younger brother George showed remarkable talent. Ira applied himself to writing song lyrics and together the Gershwin brothers became absolute greats in the world of 20th century musicals. Nowadays, George's compositions are still relevant, as is evidenced by the many performances of his Rhapsody in Blue from 1924. But the best example is the ageless Summtertime, which has been covered a countless number of times by a countless number of artists.


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Kenny Wheeler

Jazz trumpeter and flügelhornist Kenny Wheeler was one of the most advanced voices on his instrument. Blessed with a full, lovely tone and an astounding range, Wheeler sounded equally at home in fiery free jazz explorations or softer, more lyrical post-bop meditations. Wheeler was born in 1930 in Toronto, Ontario, and began playing trumpet at age 12. After studying at Toronto's Royal Conservatory, he moved to London in 1952, where he gigged with swing and dance bands. He appeared with John Dankworth's orchestra at the 1959 Newport Festival and remained with that group until 1965. In 1966,Wheeler discovered free jazz, and, fascinated, joined John Stevens' Spontaneous Music Ensemblefor the next four years. In addition, he played jazz-rock fusion with the Mike Gibbs Orchestra from 1969-1975, and joined Tony Oxley's sextet (along with free...
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Jazz trumpeter and flügelhornist Kenny Wheeler was one of the most advanced voices on his instrument. Blessed with a full, lovely tone and an astounding range, Wheeler sounded equally at home in fiery free jazz explorations or softer, more lyrical post-bop meditations. Wheeler was born in 1930 in Toronto, Ontario, and began playing trumpet at age 12. After studying at Toronto's Royal Conservatory, he moved to London in 1952, where he gigged with swing and dance bands. He appeared with John Dankworth's orchestra at the 1959 Newport Festival and remained with that group until 1965. In 1966,Wheeler discovered free jazz, and, fascinated, joined John Stevens' Spontaneous Music Ensemblefor the next four years. In addition, he played jazz-rock fusion with the Mike Gibbs Orchestra from 1969-1975, and joined Tony Oxley's sextet (along with free jazz giants like Derek Bailey and Evan Parker) from 1969-1972. Through the latter, Wheeler was invited to join German pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach's groundbreaking free jazz big band the Globe Unity Orchestra in 1970, an association Wheeler maintained for years to come.
During the first half of the '70s, Wheeler played with Anthony Braxton, which became his primary focus. In 1975, he signed with the ECM label and recorded the well-received Gnu High, which established him as a solo artist of note; the following year, he left Braxton and joined the trio Azimuth. Wheelerturned out a series of excellent ECM albums, including 1977'sDeer Wan and 1983's Double, Double You (that year,Wheeler also began a four-year run with the Dave Holland Quintet). Several more generally fine outings followed in the '90s, including the ECM dates Music for Large and Small Ensembles and The Widow in the Window (both recorded in 1990), plus other recordings for Justin Time and Soul Note later in the decade. During the 2000s and 2010s, he recorded several dates for CAM Jazz, including 2008's Other People with the Hugo Wolf String Quartet and 2011's One of Many with Steve Swallow. Wheeler died on September 18, 2014 after a brief illness. His final studio session, the Manfred Eicher-produced Songs for Quintet, was released in 2015 on what would have been Wheeler's 85th birthday.

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Juraj Stanik (piano)

Juraj Stanik (1969) is a respected jazz pianist and a real musician's musician. He graduated Cum  Laude at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, was finalist at the Wessel Ilcken Concours, winner of the Pall Mall Export Swing Award and with the quintet “Five Up High” won the Leverkusen Jazz Award.   As well as standards Juraj plays many of his own numbers during performances. New titles are regularly added to his already large catalogue of compositions. He is also engaged in his own musical development at the Royal Conservatoire, and Chopin, Debussy, Ravel, Bartok and Messiaen can frequently be heard in his own musical conceptions.   Juraj Stanik's sources of inspiration are wide. He has a clear respect for the jazz tradition, but...
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Juraj Stanik (1969) is a respected jazz pianist and a real musician's musician. He graduated Cum Laude at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, was finalist at the Wessel Ilcken Concours, winner of the Pall Mall Export Swing Award and with the quintet “Five Up High” won the Leverkusen Jazz Award.
As well as standards Juraj plays many of his own numbers during performances. New titles are regularly added to his already large catalogue of compositions. He is also engaged in his own musical development at the Royal Conservatoire, and Chopin, Debussy, Ravel, Bartok and Messiaen can frequently be heard in his own musical conceptions.
Juraj Stanik's sources of inspiration are wide. He has a clear respect for the jazz tradition, but is also inspired by contemporary pioneers such as John Scofield, Chris Potter and Joe Lovano. As well as this he is strongly influenced by classical music.

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Press

... The title track "The Deep" by Jasper Bloom is a bouncy funky number and another contrast that highlights the relaxed mood of the other, ballad-like numbers.
Jazz'n More, 16-3-2023

The triumvirate managed to sort out everything superfluous and to find the arrangement and distribution of roles between the instruments in such a way that they seem appropriate to the musical material.
Piano News, 01-11-2020

... a cool swinging jazz album full of fresh energy, musicality and fantasy.
Inmusic, 01-8-2020

Stanik has a velvet touch and knows how to create an intimate atmosphere. You can hear that especially in his fabulous version of "Soul Eyes" ... A surprisingly good CD, I will not easily forget the name Juraj Stanik.
Rootstime, 23-6-2020

Perfect production, which is a successful tribute to a great musician, who brought international jazz to international level.
Jazzenzo, 19-6-2020

An excellent pianist, Juraj Stanik. And someone who can make a stunning impression especially harmoniously.
Jazzism, 12-6-2020

A very nice traditional album
Jazzenzo, 03-6-2020

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