Unpretentious and unassumingThe Sander Baan Quartet's second album, Heartscape, is everything you might expect from a group of well-seasoned musicians with a clear artistic vision. Their music is simple, nonchalant and free from the fetters of the widespread jazz ego.
Featuring both compositions of the bandleader, Dutch saxophonist Sander Baan, and the quartet's bassist, Jonathan Nagel, the album opens with "Emotional Landscapes," promptly laying down the band's signature recipe: a solid groove, a dash of effortlessly uncomplicated harmonies and a pinch of repetitious (yet sincere) melodies. This combination results in a heartfelt and relatable record, that explores the depth of human emotions without excessively intimidating the jazz novice. Throughout the album, the musicians make no secret of their pop culture influences, perhaps most notably so in "Space Invaders"a tune that sounds like it could be the alternate theme song of the original Scooby-Doo seriesand in the pop-flavoured harmonies of "Never Goodbye" and "Unchained." With the dreamily serene "Northern Sun," the band wraps upor rather lays downtheir euphonic heartscape.
I love jazz because it has allowed me to find my own voice.
I was first exposed to jazz as a child through my parents.
The best show I ever attended was Cassandra Wilson and Dianne Reeves. AMAZING!!!
The first jazz record I bought was Carmen Sings Monk.
My advice to new listeners is to listen with your heart and feel with your experiences.