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by Jack Bowers
While much can be said and written about Belgian trumpeter Bert Joris' music, perhaps no one can more aptly describe the rationale underlying the Brussels Jazz Orchestra's new collaboration, Smooth Shake, than the composer himself: A warm sound--that's what I had in mind for this album. A sound that envelops you, fills you with energy, like a meaningful friendship." With that in mind, Joris (who bears a passing resemblance to the Irish actor Liam Neeson) wrote all ...read more