Juraj Stanik Trio

Inside Out

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Challenge Records
UPC: 0608917348828
Catnr: CR 73488
Release date: 12 June 2020
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€ 19.95
Challenge Records
Catalogue number
CR 73488
Release date
12 June 2020

"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

About the album

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


While I was studying I started playing a lot of gigs with alto saxophonist Benjamin Herman at Café Alto and Bourbon Street in Amsterdam. Later there were concerts at De Kring at the Leidsche Plein. I worked with my own sextet and we played at The Ivrea Jazz festival Italy. I also visited New York City and played with a lot of great musicians there like John Swana, Essiet Essiet and Tim Armacost at places like Smalls and Augies. With Benjamin Herman and Jasper Blom we formed the band ‘Five up High’. With this band we played at numerous festivals like the San Sebastian Festival in Spain.

In the mean time I also worked with ‘The Ben van den Dungen-Jarmo Hoogendijk quintett’. We toured through The Netherlands, Germany and many other countries. We performed at festivals like The North Sea Festival in The Hague. We literally played hundreds of gigs. Drummer John Engels and later Owen Hart Jr played in this band. We also formed the band ‘Brand New Orleans’ and tried to integrate African rhyhmical elements in our music. Again with Benjamin Herman and DJ Graham B we played at ‘The Soul Kitchen’ in Amsterdam. (Beats with improvisation) I played the Rhodes piano.

Another experiment was ‘Eveline and the Groove Movement’. We integrated jazz elements in Rap and Hip Hop music. An interesting project for Codarts In Rotterdam was a collective Improvisation with piano and dancers. With Bird Award winner Toon Roos we toured in Spain. I have had the privilege to perform with players such as Elvin Queen, Bob Berg, Benny Bailey, Chris Potter, Pat Metheny and Tom Harrell.

At present I am teaching and traveling quite a lot. I am performing with Ack van Rooyen and my trio and I work as a sideman with various artists.


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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