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Conversations is a soulful disc of jazz and jazz/funk. Often the latter comes in unexpectedly: John Coltrane's "Naima" is invested by drummer Hans van Oosterhout with a heavy funk beat, although tenor saxophonist Rick Margitza plays rather conventionally over it. But of course this is no indication that this quartet isn't capable of shifting down to play a ballad: there's Jacques Brel's "La Chanson des Vieux Amants" immediately following "Naima," and played with a keen sincerity and no funk at all.
In fact, most of this disc has a smoky and intimate feel. Margitza has a warm, buttery tone, and van den Brink displays Evansian delicacy. The rhythm men are competent and unassuming. Then on tracks like the loping "Brother, Can You Spare Me a Dime" they kick it around a little, all in good fun.
This is a disc for late nights with the lights low and the wine poured. Not flashy, not self-important, and full of pleasant jazz wll-played.
Bert van den Brink, p; Rick Margitza, ts; Hans Van de Geyn, b; Hans van Osterhout, d.
Track listing: You Must Believe in Spring / Naima / Le Chanson des Vieux Amants / His Eyes, Her Eyes / All the Things You Are / A Child is Born / Secret Love / The Look of Love / Emily / Brother, Can You Spare Me a Dime / A House is Not a Home.
Jazz is a continuing revelation. The best show I ever attended was the
Roots Picnic at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, or was it Robert
Glasper's Experiment at Lincoln Center, or was it Chick Corea with
Brian Blade at Oberlin College? Most of all I enjoy playing guitar and
composing beats with my Brooklyn-based group Space Captain.