Ben Sluijs & Erik Vermeulen: Stones
Perhaps lesser known on our American shores, these musicians' sport relatively impressive resumes, performing with a variety of Euro-Jazz and multinational artists. Otherwise, Sluijs composed the majority of these pieces as the duo embarks upon an audibly scenic journey consisting of quaintly organized fabrics. Essentially, the artists' display a prodigious flair for melody throughout these ten works, as they project an atmospheric program brimming with lush phraseology, memorable themes and softly stated lyricism.
Sluijs' breezy lines rekindles notions of the late Paul Desmond's 'dry martini' sound, whereas Vermeulen possesses a delicate touch as the duo's refined elegance comes to the forefront. However, the men also turn the proceedings up a notch or two during some heated exchanges, although intriguingly melodic pieces such as, 'Still' and others sum up what this very attractive outing is all about. Recommended.
Track Listing: 1. Dialogue 2. Mother of Pearl 3. Still 4. Sea Prisoners 5. Wall 6. Stones 7. Gargoyles 8. Minor Problems 9. Glow 10. Behind the Poet
Personnel: Ben Sluijs: alto saxophone ? Erik Vermeulen: piano
Record Label: Jazz Halo