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1 - ANKA KOZIEL QUARTET - TALES OF THE FOREST - (CD) 
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What is possible in jazz can be heard in the debut CD of Anka Koziel. The young Polish singer (who studied at the Royal Conservatory, the Hague) goes back to the songs she grew up with. Her jazz versions of two songs of compatriot Chopin with texts by the poet S.Witwicki, three Polish folksongs, her own Spring Night inspired by Faurs Clair de lune and her Forest tale, with its instrumental suggestion of mysterious sounds of woods, fit together wonderfully.Romantic with pep; as well wild and high-spirited as dreamily enjoying the poetry: The force of spring, a very earthy Red berry blues (Czerwone jagody) up to the funnily jumpy Goldfish (Zlota rybka). The face I love, the only standard (M.Valle and R.Gilbert) fits like a glove with its first line Just think of things like daffodils and peaceful sheep on clovered hills. Koziels well-wrought arrangements guarantee the harmonious marriage of all these elements. Her international trio (Brice Soniano, bass, Oriol Roca, drums, Michal Vanoucek, piano) gets ample room for perfect counteraction with a beautiful role for the Slovak pianist.

TRACKLISTING: 01. Wiosna (spring)5'18 02. Spring Night6'37 03. Forest Tale8'01 04. Czerwone Jagody (red Berry Blues)4'38 05. Z?ota Rybka (goldfish)2'14 06. The Face I Love6'35 07. Zyczenie (the Wish)3'29 08. Prelude Cm7'49 09. Hej, Goral Ci Ja, Goral (hilly Billy Song)4'05


Format: CD

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 03-11-2008
Item # : 541274     
Availability: IN STOCK
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2 - BRADEN, DON -& JORIS TEEPE QUARTET- - IN THE SPIRIT OF HERBIE HANCOCK - (CD) 
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It was a full house on November 15th 2019 when the Don Braden / Joris Teepe Quartet played "In the spirit of Herbie Hancock" in De Witte.Expectations were high knowing that Don and Joris have more than 25 years of collaboration behind them. Long ago they immediately recognized their compatibility of personalities and attitudes.Their last album "Conversations" (2016) is strong proof of that and was highly acclaimed among others by DownBeat Magazine. Judging by the standing ovation at the end of the concert on November 15th the same might happen to this album.The music of the great pianist, keyboardist, bandleader, arranger, composer and actor Herbie Hancock (April 12th, 1940), one of the primary architects of the post-bop sound, inspired Don and Joris to arrange a varied selection of his compositions from ballads to blues and straight-ahead to medium swing. They also added two of their own compositions that were strongly influenced by Hancock.All excellently performed by a finely tuned Dutch-American quartet showing visible and audible joy of playing in the spirit of their iconic collegue.

TRACKLISTING: 01. Maiden Voyage 02. Watermelon Man 03. Actual Proof 04. Speak Like A Child 05. The Ingenious Catalyst 06. Role Model 07. Butterfly 08. Driftin 09. Yesterdays


Format: CD

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 15-06-2020
Item # : 541304     EXP
Availability: IN STOCK
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3 - CHARLES, TEDDY -& WALTER WOLFF TRIO- - LIVE - (CD) 
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Vibraphone legend Teddy Charles performed with the Walter Wolff Trio at the Bimhuis in The Netherlands on November 7th 2008. In his own words he experienced: Some of the finest and most challenging moments in my lengthy career.This is one of the great wonders of Jazz: three young musicians together with a vibraphonist who for over six decades has played his own role in the development of Jazz. It hits off immediately, is both daring and subtle. They sound as if they've shared the stage for years: Teddy Charles (1928) and the trio of Finnish piano player Walter Wolff (1981).Charles went through everything in Jazz from swing to bop, to third stream, to playing with Charles Mingus. His solo phrasing is original, compare to none and never clichd, like a youngster, he's still discovering things. Pianist Wolff answers beautifully, always tasteful, and leaves little wonder that he is considered a rising talent on his instrument (winner Leidse Jazz Award). Italian bassist Francesco Angiuli and Danish drummer Andreas Fryland are the ideal partners in this inspiring adventure. The Wolff and Charles duet in Haggarts' Whats new is a piece of pure beauty. All eight tracks were remarkably well recorded LIVE in Amsterdam at the Bimhuis.

TRACKLISTING: 01. Nostalgia For Mingus10.10 02. Dances With Bulls07.04 03. What Is This Thing Called Love10.26 04. Archipelago07.51 05. Whats New05.08 06. All The Things You Are09.50 07. I Hardly Think About You08.33 08. A Night In Tunisia13.06


Format: CD

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 01-12-2009
Item # : 541278     
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4 - EBBENHOUT, NINA - WHEN WE KISS - (CD) 
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Singer Nina Ebbenhout presents herself on her debut album When we kiss in a surprising and confident way. The album title (taken from one of the two own compositions she includes) speaks of a feeling of romance in her vision of life and music. A look at the other songs she chose confirms that: Cry me a river, Close to you, Devil may care, Heres that rainy day. There are even more classics from the American songbook here, sung by many, always different, and Nina Ebbenhout adds with poise and confidence her very own, emotional vocal approach.With a striking feeling for delivery, stressing and prolonging different notes and especially with a well-chosen and essential time: keeping the songs open, leaving space, so that vocals and accompaniment together are getting more voice. Nina Ebbenhout knows how to sing jazzy, but she can be the classic songstressas well ( Both sides now), who takes place behind the piano for her own, very personally frased love song Confused (she studied piano at the conservatory).The jazz-element is stressed in the tasteful arrangements by piano- and keyboardplayer Menno de Boer, who makes some striking choices. As for the attractive and sensitive fills by young jazzmusicians like Susanne Alt (soprano and altsax), David Lukacs (tenorsax, clarinet) and Ren ten Cate (vibes). Or as in his latin feel for an unusually fast and swinging version of The days of wine and roses, in which singer Nina does her own backing vocals. Love me like a man sings Nina...musically speaking the request is almost superfluous.

TRACKLISTING: 01. Close To You5'24 02. Let's Stay Together4'32 03. Cry Me A River4'02 04. Love Me Like A Man4'04 05. Both Sides Now5'28 06. Devil May Care3'35 07. The Days Of Wine And Roses4'29 08. Confused2'53 09. Here's That Rainy Day6'02 10. When We Kiss6'40


Format: CD

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 03-02-2008
Item # : 541271     
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5 - EUROPEAN UNION QUARTET - THE DARK PEAK - (CD) 
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Atmosphere and emotions are key words for the European Union Quartet and its CD The dark peak. A quartet that is really European with its combination of a Dutch, a German, a Slovak and an English jazzmusician.The title piece (by bassplayer Gavin Barras) has a nearly picturesque quality: one hears a landscape growing in the sheer suggestive lines of sax and guitar. Adventurous music making is what these nine, own compositions have in common. It can be in subtle musings, with a dreamlike feel, like in the beautiful soundscape of House by the lake. Or in the way the quartet grows together towards a structure in Reddish Vale. All four instruments are equally important in their improvisations and strikingly together in emotionality.Saxplayer Iman Spaargarens composition Zieleroersel is all about emotions and it is a joy to hear how suggestive and controlled the band explores form and sound. The European Union Quartet plays a modern jazz that looks for the inside of things. With great emotional and melodic qualities

TRACKLISTING: 01. Reddish Vale6'28 02. Schmeissendorf 7 5'28 03. Na De Regen5'05 04. House By The Lake4'02 05. Sixth Sence 4'52 06. Zieleroersel7'40 07. Dear Mr. Scofield4'19 08. The Dark Prelude3'01 09. The Dark Peak5'47


Format: CD

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 24-10-2011
Item # : 541281     
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6 - HAMILTON, SCOTT - BLUE 'N' BOOGIE - (CD) 
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Hearing Scott Hamilton play, is like listening to a declaration of love that already lasts for many years but still is as potent as then. And what a joy to recognize how the tenorman absorbed the musical idiom of the jazzgreats of his youth, from Coleman Hawkins to Ben Webster, and shaped his very own language and pronounciation for it. On his musical journeys in a stylistically mixed-up world, he always found in any country musicians who were glad to speak that language with him.As in the Netherlands in OAPs Blue 'N' Boogie: the contagious swing of drummer Frits Landesbergen, light when it can, forceful when it has to be. Or bassplayer Hans Mantel who lovingly provides his punctuation marks and reminds one (e.g. in Franz Lhars Yours is my heart alone) of a George Mraz. Italian pianoplayer and singer Francesca Tandoi is a discovery. Who heard her play and sing Bruno Martinos Estate doesnt want it any other way; the romance of Maybe youll be there is matching. Within her stylistically pure piano adventures always a nose for the right blue notes. Hamiltons choice of repertory mirrors the timelessness of his taste. Dizzy Gillespies swinging titlesong next to The sheik of Araby that dates from 1921 but sparklingly is lifted over years and time. Or the non-sentimental beauty of Body and soul. Or Duke Ellingtons Come Sunday, with echoes of Johnny Hodges.Blue 'N' Boogie is sheer pleasure.

TRACKLISTING: 01. How Deep Is The Ocean 02. Blue N Boogie 03. Body And Soul 04. This Cant Be Love 05. Come Sunday 06. Who Can I Turn To 07. Maybe You'll Be There 08. Yours Is My Heart Alone 09. Estate 10. The Sheik Of Araby


Format: CD

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 14-09-2018
Item # : 541301     
Availability: IN STOCK
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7 - HAMILTON, SCOTT - JAZZ AT THE CLUB (LIVE FROM SOCIETEIT DE WITTE - (CD) 
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When, early seventies, Scott Hamilton made his international debut, it was a kind of sensation. On the album cover he looked like a guy from the fifties or even earlier. The music he played also had the taste of yore. Of all those great swingers that preceded him. Scott Hamilton seemed a fad that would fade. Not so with Hamilton. Happily. His style was a matter of pure love. A love to which he stayed faithful. With that ideal mastery of the flowery language of swing and bop. Up to the smallest punctuation marks. Being able to use them fluently in enjoyable stories everyone could like. By lovingly blowing new life into his standards.In The Hagues Literaire SociŽteit De Witte the Jazz at the Club- programme brought Hamilton together with Dutch jazzmusicians who could have been his blood relatives, musically speaking.

TRACKLISTING: 01. Yours Is My Heart Alone 02. The Sheik Of Araby 03. Maybe You'll Be There 04. Blue N Boogie 05. How Deep Is The Ocean 06. Old Folks 07. Estate 08. Ill Remember April


Format: CD

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 14-09-2018
Item # : 541300     
Availability: IN STOCK
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8 - INEDITS - VORTEX - (CD) 
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Inedits is a new band, conceived as the brainchild of bassist and bandleader Nuno Torres Marques (Lissabon, 1971). With Inedits Nuno explores the musical spectrum: hes influenced by the combination tone / color and composes adventurous, melodic jazz. This interesting approach can be heard in catchy, drawn-out compositions. The listener will be taken on a journey through a wonderful hypnotic world that sometimes reflects hints of the Mediterranean. This is no coincidence considering the international line-up of musicians. The relatively young band has experienced some line-up changes and is now at full strength with new guitarist (Rui Silva) and drummer (Jimmi Hueting). In March 2015 the band went to the O.A.P. Studio and recorded the strong debut album 'Vortex'. This album show's us the fruit of vision, hard work and inspiration laid down by Nuno Torres Marques and company.

TRACKLISTING: 01. Afiador5'42 02. Wind5'20 03. Sparkling6'24 04. Fakir5'49 05. Nostalgia4'25 06. Gypsies5'10 07. Vortex4'50


Format: CD

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 18-09-2015
Item # : 541294     
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9 - JAEJIN AHN TRIO - LAZY STEP - (CD) 
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The young Korean guitar player Jaejin Ahn proves himself an amazing newcomer with his album Lazy Step. Mature, sharp, playful and daring, he creates his own and incomparable jazz in an often minimalistic, single-note style. Like a modern painter in a sketchbook in which jotted lines and the space between them shape the gripping final image. Quite diverging pieces thus becoming a perfect unity. Versions of Monk (Work) and John Lewis (Milestones) connect wonderfully with Ahns own compositions. As goes for an oldie like Fats Wallers Jitterbug waltz. They carry the stamp of Ahn and of today. Moreover his own compositions Greyand Jiho- the latter with Caspar van Wijk on tenorsax - are a pure joy, sounding like theyve always been around. Nightmare is the only piece in which Ahn uses guitareffects in its haunting theme. Simplicity, warmth and originality abound in a debut to be cherished.

TRACKLISTING: 01. Work5'07 02. Milestones5'48 03. Grey4'14 04. Jiho8'53 05. Quick Step6'26 06. Lazy Step5'17 07. Jitterbug Waltz6'05 08. P.m.3'53 09. Nightmare5'04


Format: CD

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 12-09-2013
Item # : 541285     
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10 - JAN SCHRODER QUARTET - FROM HERE TO HER - (CD) 
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With his second CD From here to her jazz guitar player Jan Schroder confirms the promises he did in his internationally enthusiastically received debut (OneLineDrawing). Multilayered, a direct hit, top quartet wrote JazzThing (Germany) and JazzPodium then. Schroders latest strikes again by its unusual richness in melodically haunting material, in themes as well as in improvisations. With hypnotically beautiful lines that often show a deep, romantic sensitivity, without getting sentimental. With subtle lyrical moments and even when the quartet sounds more down to earth always that unique feeling for melody and form. The title composition is pure musical beauty without frills, the heart of the matter for this whole CD. The tender subtility goes for all of the quartet with its constantly changing colouring of classical song elements and modern jazzy rhythms. Tasteful and exact (Bas Kisjes double bass and Tuur Moens drums), with keyboardist Paul Maassens apt and matching choices for piano, fender rhodes or hammond. And always there is that original sound of Schroder himself, with that admirable playing style, very much his own, like you seldom hear

TRACKLISTING: 01. A Waltz For The Lonely4'40 02. The Motion Of Light4'30 03. The Beginning Of Something New7'39 04. From Here To Her4'39 05. Fu?nf Mark7'28 06. Garp5'58 07. Onelinedrawing5'57 08. Vokuhila5'17 09. Lullaby For Nele3'39 10. Shoegazing7'12


Format: CD

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 25-11-2011
Item # : 541282     
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11 - JURAJ STANIK TRIO - WOW - (CD) 
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Piano player Juraj Stanik plays fresh modern jazz and is inspired by Herbie Hancock, Mulgrew Miller, John Coltrane, Miles Davis and other great musicians, without ignoring his own creativity.With musical ideas, elaborated on the basis of his academic musical education the number of his compositions is constantly being extended. Many times a subtle reminiscence of Chopin, Debussy, Ravel, Bartok and Messiaen can be heard in his musical concepts.Many of his compositions are specially written for his piano trio with Joost van Schaik on drums and Frans van der Hoeven on Bass."Thinking of the trio I prefer to play and write more intimate, chamber like music. Of course there is always room for dynamic gestures"

TRACKLISTING: 01. Wow 02. There We Go 03. Construction 04. If I Should Lose You 05. Lament 06. The End Of A Love Affair 07. Compensation 08. For Old Times Sake 09. Ummg 10. Summer Waltz 11. A Nightingale Sang In Bs


Format: CD

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 19-09-2014
Item # : 541289     
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12 - LAURENS FISH QUINTET - SEN'S FORTRESS - (CD) 
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It strikes you right-away in the debut cd of jazzpianist Laurence Fish and his quintet that it evades trends, fashions or influences from too often visited corners of the musical universe. This is jazz, mainstream jazz, supported by the simple feeling of creating beauty, to fascinate and emote. Through music pure. Moreover Fish adds five, very diverse compositions of his own that are quite something. From the strong title-piece with its appetising, jumpy melodyline to the ballads Dust and Mariposa. The former with a rich coloring by the three horns (tenor-, altosax and trumpet), whereas guesttrompetist Nanouck Brassers (now on fllhorn) transcends the latter into one long dreamline. Fishchoice of standards speaks volumes: Johnny Mandels Close enough for love, Mercer Ellingtons Things aint what they used to be, Jobims Ligia. Strong character pieces, with insight and feeling supported by the young saxplayers Casper van Wijk and Tom van der Zaal, bassplayer Matheus Nicolaiewsky. And by old masterhand Eric Ineke who uses both his hard drive and his subtle brushes for the dots, points and exclamation marks. Laurence Fishs trio-version of Victor Youngs Ghost of a chance says all about his musical attitude: Lovingly, with the guts to reveal solid beauty. "A half way point, yet a beginning", Fish characterises his position in his endearing accompanying text. It makes you curious to hear his follow up.

TRACKLISTING: 01. Things Ain't What They Used To Be6'11 02. Roam5'37 03. Second Time Lucky 6'02 04. Mariposa8'40 05. Close Enough For Love 3'35 06. Ghost Of A Chance 4'25 07. Sen's Fortress 4'48 08. Lgia 5'11 09. Eshu's Hat5'32 10. Dust4'03 11. Love Is A Many-splendored Thing 5'23


Format: CD

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 14-05-2017
Item # : 541297     NEW
Availability: 2/3 WEEKS, NOT IN STOCK
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13 - LEO BOUWMEESTER TRIO - VIEW LINES - (CD) 
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The choice of two compositions strongly connected with the name of masterpianist Bill Evans speaks volumes on View lines, the new cd of the Leo Bouwmeester trio. Evansown Turn out the stars, Earl Zindars How my heart sings, turned famous by Evans, here characterize pianist Bouwmeesters subtility, his feeling for musical shades, for the beauty of harmonies and his tendency to turn the adventure inside. He touches them with love and devotion. They typify the warmth Bouwmeesters cd radiates, including the four own compositions he presents. This is not the jazz of the theatrical grand gestures, or the conceited ego, this is music of beautiful developments, swinging with care and refinement but concise. Gershwins I loves you Porgy, Bouwmeesters own, strong compositions View lines and Park Evenue, Bruno Martins lovely ballad Estate are ideal examples as well. Bouwmeesters vision and his loves are intensely shared by his soulmates in rhythm and harmony: bassplayer Sanne van Delft and drummer Nout Ingen Housz. A tight trio caught here in a beautiful soundscape. With Bebe (by the Brazilian Hermeto Pascual) Bouwmeester introduces a latin element, with Mr. C.I. (by composer Chano Dominguez dedicated to Cameron de la Isla) the Bouwmeester trio closes a very happy marriage between swing and flamenco.

TRACKLISTING: 01. Heres Three 4'30 02. Bebe5'02 03. Turn Out The Stars5'15 04. Mr. C.i5'09 05. Estate3'35 06. View Lines6'10 07. I Loves You, Porgy6'21 08. Four Numbers5'02 09. Park Evenue4'08 10. How My Heart Sings5'15


Format: CD

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 29-06-2017
Item # : 541298     
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14 - LOCOMARKET - ZINGARIA - (CD) 
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Locomarket is a new Italian band on O.A.P. Records. Their first album Zingaria is a product of musical experiment by four childhood friends expressing their love for music and celebrating the moment of meeting each-other again. This musical experiment shows us that four different musicians can combine different styles of music and improvise to find a new balance. The result is a journey through an imaginary world where melody and rhythm are combined in fluid compositions. According to the band, the name Locomarket stands for a musical 'free-market' where ideas about melody, rhythm and sound are exchanged and smoothly reinterpreted. This music is created and written down on the spot, capturing the mood and airy atmosphere of a extraordinary moment in time. The wonderful sound and playing of award-winning accordionist Carmine Ioanna gifs this music an extra lift into another dimension. Recorded at O.A.P. Studio in The Hague, Locomarket first album Zingaria is now ready to be discovered!

TRACKLISTING: 01. Zingaria3'26 02. Fu Rosso Rubino3'26 03. Blu Mediterraneo3'02 04. I Cavalieri E L'ultimo Tang5'47 05. Amoresa5'28 06. Tristan2'56 07. Bacco Perbacco4'33 08. Tanti Anni Fa4'41


Format: CD

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 30-05-2015
Item # : 541291     
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15 - MARTIEN OSTER QUARTET FEAT. HAROLD MABERN - HANDSHAKE - (CD) 
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It is one of the miracles, and at the same time essentials, of jazz: guitarplayer Martien Osters text accompanying his new album Handshake tells how he found out two American musicians he admired were in Holland and how he just asked them to join him on an album. No rehearsals, no deeply thought-over arrangements, just the joy, fun and drive of the music and of playing for the first time together. Now, thats jazz

TRACKLISTING: 01. Speak Low 02. Road Song 03. Relaxin' At Camarillo 04. Gee Baby, Aint I Good To You 05. Frenesi 06. My Ideal 07. How Insensitive 08. A Smooth One 09. Manteca 10. Sentimental Journey 11. Rakin And Scrapin


Format: CD

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 20-04-2018
Item # : 541299     
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16 - MEZCOLANZA - HEADBANGER - (CD) 
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On their debut album called Headbanger, the band takes the listener into a deep-rooted musical tradition of catchy jazz-melodies and afro cuban rhythms. The craftsmanship and musical ingenuity of keyboardist Peter Wenk (and associates) gives this record memorable melodies, depth and a danceable feel. Since its birth, the band has experienced a growing maturity and their group dynamics have become noticeably strong. This all comes together in the recordings sessions that Mescolanza did in November 2014 for O.A.P. Records. Interesting detail: percussionist Gerardo Rosales recently received a Grammy for his percussion work for various studio sessions in the USA. His contribution to 'Headbanger' is therefore a sign that Mezcolanza is an act to reckon with

TRACKLISTING: 01. Headbanger 02. Wise Guy 03. Brute 04. The Road We Walk Again 05. One Note Boogaloo 06. Pal Monte 07. Bra-dap 08. Circuit 09. Why You 10. The Chili Peppers


Format: CD

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 08-06-2015
Item # : 541293     
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17 - NEW YORK SECOND, THE - EMERGO - (CD) 
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The compositions on this album are compelling, and stay with you after listening - it is as if they have always existed. The composer, Harald Walkate, is a pianist who combines a career in finance with a passion for jazz and whose playing is subtle - reminiscent of a philosopher who liberates himself in lyricism, and in the grooves of compositions that are often driven by a funky feel (Higher and Higher). Never egocentrically exuberant; rather the attentive foreman of the quintet that he employs in spinning his tales.The album title Emergo is inspired by the motto of Dutch province Zeeland (Luctor et Emergo), and the composition A Waters Cloak (written for the ZeelandJazz festival) is a sonification of the epic struggle against the sea in that part of the country: the quiet, the storm and its drama, followed by the reconstruction. Walkates quartet The New York Second is a close-knit group in its own right, but special guest trumpeter Teus Nobel lends it additional depth, with sumptuous improvisations including the muted trumpet solo in Hadrians Hill. But also in lush two-voiced harmonies together with saxophonist Frank Paavo, for example in That Does It, a piece that brims with gospel and soul influences.It all conspires in making Emergo a refined and colorful album. Often with a funky touch (courtesy of Marijn van de Ven on bass and Max Sergeant on drums), as in the theme Hello Joey, in which Walkate discovered - after its completion - the influences of Quincy Jones and Joe Zawinul.

TRACKLISTING: 01. Emergo 02. A Waters Cloak 03. San Marco 04. Higher & Higher 05. That Does It 06. Hadrians Hill 07. The White House 08. Hello Joey 09. Emergo -reprise


Format: CD

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 27-03-2020
Item # : 541303     
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18 - OKABE, GENZO - OKABE FAMILY - (CD) 
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Okabe Family formed as a group in 2009 in The Netherlands.The formation of the band is that of a traditional acoustic jazz quartet, however, the group has made a goal out of pushing the boundaries of what such a group can accomplish in terms of sound and complexity of texture. Genzo Okabe is a Japanese saxophonist/composer/arranger and the founder of Okabe Family based in The Hague, The Netherlands. Born in Tokyo, Japan, Genzo moved to Italy where he received his degree in Classical Saxophone at the Conservatorio di Musica di Perugia. Subsequently Genzo accomplished the second degree in Jazz Saxophone at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague

TRACKLISTING: 01. Scaramouche7'36 02. Black Pope6'29 03. Atheist9'19 04. Amedas6'19 05. Broken6'04 06. Yellow & Red Jackets5'34 07. Can't Stand Ya5'21 08. Aka Tombo4'57


Format: CD

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 17-02-2013
Item # : 541284     EXP
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19 - OKABE, GENZO - SECOND LINE - (CD) 
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Second Line is the culmination of two years of research on early jazz by Genzo Okabe. By exploring the African-American music that flourished in New Orleans at the beginning of the 20th century, Genzo incorporated the essence of it's melodies, harmonies, and rhythm into his own compositions.The first half of the album is a tribute to early jazz music, introducing stride piano, second line rhythm, and the funeral march which is deeply rooted in the traditions of New Orleans. Slowly the album begins to demonstrate Genzo's individual manner of reconstruction and integration of these source materials, fusing them more freely with his interpretation of contemporary polyrhythm and reharmonization. Composed as an homage to the origins of jazz music, the album shows the rediscovery of the richness, effectiveness, and modernity of the early jazz, as well as the fundamental affinity with contemporary jazz music.

TRACKLISTING: 01. Cat Ride7'36 02. Second Line6'29 03. Funeral March9'19 04. Black Jelly6'19 05. 21st Century Boy6'04 06. Climb5'34 07. Glorious Losers5'21 08. Furusato4'57


Format: CD

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 11-11-2014
Item # : 541290     
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20 - ORION ENSEMBLE - BALLADE - (CD) 
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On BALLAD, the latest CD from the Orion Ensemble, are three ballads without words. In a ballad, we tell each other our stories. About people fighting for their freedom, fighting over life and death, about men and women desiring to their ideal love.The ballads on this CD are all inspired by lyrics and melodies from the Jewish culture. Some of these texts were originally in Yiddish, Ladino, or other in Hebrew. The first ballad is about the desire for peace, the second about hope and the third about the tragedy of unrequited love. The music on the CD BALLAD is composed and arranged by Leonard Leutscher, the pianist of the Orion Ensemble. With one of his compositions, Ale Brider (track 3 on the CD), was the Orion Ensemble finalist in 2008 and winner of the First International Jewish Music Competition in Amsterdam. The Orion Ensemble is a chamber music ensemble with a solid core piano trio. It was founded in 2000. It gives many concerts on the Dutch stages with feature programming without borders, in style and time. One of the strengths of the ensemble is the original way link between classical, jazz, Jewish, Spanish and Argentine music. BALLAD is the ninth album of the Orion Ensemble. The CD Touched by Orion, also published by O.A.P. Records, was No. 1 for two weeks in the Classical Top 50 of TROS radio.

TRACKLISTING: 01. A Birds Message15'19 02. Pledge For Peace 3'18 03. Ale Brider4'34 04. Ballad Of Hope10'44 05. La Prima Vez2'40 06. Siete Modos De Guisar Las Berenjenas5'17 07. La Rosa Enflorece3'54 08. Avre Tu Puerta Cerrada2'26 09. Ir Me Quiero4'58 10. Adio Querida9'38


Format: CD

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 10-02-2014
Item # : 541287     
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21 - RENE TEN CATE TRIO - SOLAR - (CD) 
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Ren ten Cate presents a beautiful and ear-catching range of surprises in his first album 'Solar'. The Dutch jazz scene knows him as a vibraphonist, here he shows himself a pianist armed with the same qualities: love and respect for the favorite compositions he chooses for his trio and a warm musicality, with a romantic hint. Highly recognizable in five, often sensitive, own compositions including April Song ', ' Journey and 'Reflections', the latter highlighted with a beautiful classic touch. All of them played with a relaxed sense of timing whilst maintaining a driving feel for swing and groove. The 'standards' he chooses pleasantly vary in character and have very different origins. Miles Davis' title song 'Solar', George Colemans 'Amsterdam after Dark, Ellington's In a sentimental mood to Milt Jackson's Bags Groove (in which he strikingly does not play the vibes) and Chick Corea's' Bud Powell. Ten Cate takes his hat off to these songs from the modern jazz tradition, but still makes them completely his own, without the intention of creating an ego story. This applies to 'Solar' as a whole: this is a real trio playing and improvising, in which piano, vibes and the sounds of bassist Andy Valkenburg and drummer Barry Olthof create strong, 'intertwined' patterns. The latter musicians also provide two personal contributions (resp. 'Drifting on a cloud' and 'Free space swing'). With Ten Cate's first album 'Solar' we have a subtle piano trio like you dont hear that often anymore. Work of three jazz men clearly on the same level of understanding. And enjoying that audibly.

TRACKLISTING: 01. Jazz In The House2'44 02. Amsterdam After Dark3'46 03. April Song 4'20 04. Solar 4'25 05. In A Sentimental Mood 5'14 06. One Million Dollar 4'05 07. Just Friends 4'46 08. Journey (vibraphone Solo) 2'57 09. Caravan4'13 10. Reflections (piano Solo)3'24 11. Bags Groove 4'09 12. Bud Powell 2'21 13. Drifting On A Cloud 6'05 14. Free Space Swing 4'31


Format: CD

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 27-03-2017
Item # : 541296     
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22 - ROBERT ROOK TRIO - MOMENTUM - (CD) 
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Robert Rook is a jazz pianist who attracts the listeners attention immediately through the intensity of his playing: an intriguing encounter between drama and poetry. Penetrating exploration tempered by softness and tenderness. Musical intelligence coupled with a bright imagination. On this new trio CD, Momentum, this all is present. A personal touch is combined with the thoughtful and sensitive yet swinging accompaniment of bass and drums, culminating in beautiful unity.

TRACKLISTING: 01. Roving Extended5'42 02. Momentum 6'28 03. Gb's Groove7'35 04. Axiom Of Choice5'33 05. Topology7'25 06. Flight Of The Humble 35'55 07. Regularity6'00 08. Time Translation5'15 09. Union8'45 10. Orbits3'57 11. Incompleteness2'18


Format: CD

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 22-10-2013
Item # : 541286     
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23 - SAMAMA, RUBEN - HOTARU - (CD) 
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What a surprisingly versatile and strong band bass player Ruben Samama brought together here for his debut CD! There is really a lot to be discovered and enjoyed in this dynamic album: the inescapable structures of the arrangements, the exciting and frenetic movement of Ji, the touching way a classic like Gordon Jenkins Goodbye is handled, the inspired and to-the-point soloing, this is a band with a sound of its own. What young cats? This is jazz from and for grown ups.

TRACKLISTING: 01. Scherzo8'39 02. En Hollande5'29 03. Taivaan Tunne6'08 04. Ji6'43 05. Goodbye8'41 06. Girotondo4'34 07. So3'40 08. Hotaru (for Taku)3'37 09. Witchhunt6'55 10. W.w. (for Walter)2'01


Format: CD

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 06-09-2007
Item # : 541268     
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24 - SCHOLTEN, MARZIO - MOTHERLANDS - (CD) 
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It is not often that a young jazzmusician, on his debut CD, presents himself with as much musical ripeness as guitarplayer Marzio Scholten does on his Motherland. In the first place there are the eight own compositions, each of them well wrought and elaborated with a different atmosphere and colouring. The broad emotional canvas is the most remarkable thing in Marzio Scholtens debut. As a soloist he is a strikingly strong storyteller, with a subtle feel for melody, who can handle pure poetry (On the first day of spring), melancholy (The end of an era) as well as a delicious today-groove (300 Miles).No surprise that starguitarplayer Jesse van Ruller, in his liner notes for Motherland, notes influences from Pat Metheny as well as John Scofield and Jimmy Raney. This is serious young jazz of today, sensitive, beautiful and intense. By an excellent quartet in which Scholten offers equal chances for all of the musicians and beautifully phrases lines together with reedman Floris van der Vlugt.

TRACKLISTING: 01. Motherland8'46 02. Technical Formality7'44 03. Deep Dirty7'15 04. Shades7'20 05. On The First Day Of Spring6'43 06. 300 Miles9'21 07. The End Of An Era8'02 08. White Magnolias7'25


Format: CD

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 30-06-2008
Item # : 541272     
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25 - SCHOLTEN, MARZIO - WORLD OF THOUGHT - (CD) 
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For his second CD Marzio Scholten has surrounded himself with a great band. 'World Of Thought' superbly confirms the promise of his classy first album 'Motherland'. Besides a piano intro by the always intriguing Randal Corsen all of the compositions are Scholtens. Musical stories that never stick to just one mood, but journey from stillness to emotion as in the opening Tricks, into introspection (title song), a deep feeling of longing in the fine A breath of love or the strong movement and groove of The puzzle. The togetherness of Scholtens band sound is striking, with Stefan Lievestro (bass), Bob Roos (drums) and Corsen as the ideal base and with two guest soloists who are both great surprises: the Israelian sax man Yaniv Nachum and the American trumpet player Ambrose Akinmusire (winner of the Thelonious Monk Award 2007). Both perfectly matching their very personal and driven improvisations to the atmosphere and subtility of Marzio Scholtens music. Without any clich, moving and inviting to many more listenings.

TRACKLISTING: 01. Tricks7'32 02. Six Degrees Of Separation8'08 03. Kismet8'44 04. Piano Intro To W.o.t.2'21 05. World Of Thought8'40 06. A Breath Of Love9'12 07. In The Machine7'25 08. The Puzzle9'09 09. Nebula6'24


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Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 02-10-2010
Item # : 541280     
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26 - SEBASTIAAN VAN BAVEL TRIO - AS THE JOURNEY BEGINS - (CD) 
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In the spring of 2014 the Sebastiaan van Bavel Trio will present their debut-album: As The Journey Begins. It goes without saying that with this title the Trio refers to the fact that they show their own work for the first time. This album explains the musical and artistic journey that these three fantastic musicians are undertaking. The album contains eight of van Bavel's compositions. By intelligently linking the eight compositions the listener is compelled to also take this journey. The album marks the beginning of what undoubtedly will be a succesful career for both the trio and the individual musicians.

TRACKLISTING: 01. As The Journey Begins 02. Mordicus Voor 03. The Pathway Through 04. As The Journey Progresses 05. Mordicus Tegen 06. Prologue 07. The Ramster 08. As The Journey Begins (meditation)


Format: CD

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 23-05-2014
Item # : 541288     
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27 - SINTIROMARUS - IMPRESSIONS OF GIPSY LIFE - (CD) 
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Passionate and remarkable gypsy ensemble Sintiromarus was founded in October of 2006 by primas Blichta Hoopman, the greatgranddaughter of the well-known Tata Mirando. The name Sintiromarus refers to the origin of the musicians and their music.Their first CD was released in October 2009 with the title Latcho Drom - which means "Good Journey".Sintiromarus brings gypsy musics that from the very first note weaves its way into the heart. Through their music you can join them on a journey of all various cultures which the gypsies experienced whilest travelling. The longing, the melancholy and the celebrations which can be heard and felt in their virtuoso playing, is a global language which speaks from soul to soul. In the compostitions written by the primas, sinti lady Blichta Hoopman, you can hear her own gypsy rhythm and musical freedom which leads right to the heart.

TRACKLISTING: 01. Mahala 02. Hungarian Dances 03. Odijla Rarostrut 04. Gipsy Tears 05. Armenian Gipsy Song 06. Latcho Day 07. Gallow 08. Ederlezi 09. Romi, Romi 10. Shukar 11. Celebration Of Life6'10


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Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 17-04-2015
Item # : 541292     
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28 - SMEETS, YVONNE - UNDER A CLOUD - (CD) 
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Jazz-singer, composer and lyricist. All these qualifications are true for versatile and multi-talented Yvonne Smeets in her debut CD Under a cloud. This rich scope of talents results in four compositions of her own in quite varied musical colours: from the grooving title song to the philosophical Circle. That she aims high is clear from her choice of six compositions by jazzmasters Dave Holland, Kenny Wheeler and Wayne Shorter - from the latter his Black Nile, Adams apple and Iris- all sung with her own, striking lyrics. Moreover she presents two songs by Kate Bush and three Brazilian songs (a.o. Jobim).Yvonne Smeets music is always pure, warm en never obvious. It can be the wit and finesse of the musical story she tells, the spirited improvisations she scats along, or the relaxed grooves. The singer is supported by the subtly swinging and open sounding trio of guitarist Jens Larsen, bassplayer Maciej Domaradzki and drummer Emanuel Donadelli. For three songs she chose as sole accompaniment the piano of Tilmar Junius. With a beautiful outcome that is both delicate and intriguing. The remarkable debut of a singer who makes choices both attractive and daring and already deserves her very own place in jazz.

TRACKLISTING: 01. Under A Cloud4'47 02. Camouflage3'33 03. Child Of Tomorrow (nicolette)4'23 04. Looking Up5'34 05. Iris3'58 06. On The Line4'19 07. Of Smiles Remembered (kind Folk)4'31 08. Houdini5'39 09. Black Nile4'11 10. Black And White Portrayal3'25 11. Adam's Apple4'22 12. Circle3'45 13. In The Warm Room 4'00 14. Madeira De Sangue 4'08 15. Retrato En Branco E Preto3.26


Format: CD

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 30-03-2009
Item # : 541277     
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29 - THIJS CUPPEN TRIO - HOMEGROUND - (CD) 
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Pianist Thijs Cuppen makes music that doesnt want to be pigeon-holed. He belongs to no genre, does not want to be trendy, but reveals himself in his debut CD Homeground as a poet-storyteller with feeling for drama and a pianistic idiom very much his own. Cuppen is known for his work in saxophone player Susanne Alts quartet, with whom he recorded three albums, performed several times at the North Sea jazz festival, but builds here a surprising and personal musical home with a remarkably precise and subtle trio.His ten own compositions, which almost can be listened to as a joint suite, are beautifully contrasting, with haunting melody lines that resound in ones ears. Sometimes with an impressionistic shade, always full of atmosphere. From the strong and tight opening movement of Slumber mountain into the tenderness of The Traveler. From a melancholic Homeground- with bowed bass - via the frenetic dissonants of Otherness into a poetry (Last blossom') that never gets sentimental. Helped strongly by the naturalness and the original accompaniment of drummer Philippe Lemm and the right choices of bassplayer Cord Heineking in this tightly knit jazztrio.

TRACKLISTING: 01. Slumber Mountain1'38 02. The Traveler6'31 03. Asturias5'39 04. Homeground8'06 05. Paludianity5'12 06. Saba6'25 07. Maya4'20 08. Otherness4'59 09. Last Blossom6'09 10. Many Moons6'05


Format: CD

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 15-06-2010
Item # : 541279     
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30 - THINKTANK - PEK DEK - (CD) 
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It's always a surprise when musicians each of whom youve heard before in various bands or during widely divergent jamsessions, suddenly happen to form a band together. And when I say band, I really mean band. As is the case with Thinktank and their first CD effort Pek Dek. They sound very close, like theyve been working a lot together before, like they know each other musically inside out. Maybe thats one of the reasons why you loose the feeling the music on their debut CD Pek Dek was recorded in a studio and, instead, get and enjoy the sensation of a live performance.

TRACKLISTING: 01. Speak No Evil7'10 02. Thinking Of E.5'53 03. Random Reader7'43 04. Major Changes4'38 05. Pek Dek5'33 06. Blueprint5'12 07. Brazzaville 5'23 08. Bruxelles-plage6'05 09. New Times5'28 10. Ana Maria7'06


Format: CD

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 06-09-2007
Item # : 541269     
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