13

Sander Baan Quartet: Heartscape

Marithe Van der Aa By

Sign in to view read count
Unpretentious and unassuming—The 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 series—and in the pop-flavoured harmonies of "Never Goodbye" and "Unchained." With the dreamily serene "Northern Sun," the band wraps up—or rather lays down—their euphonic heartscape.

All in all, Sander Baan and his quartet have created a highly enjoyable record that neither repels nor obtrudes. Their European release tour will continue in the second half of October.

Track Listing

Emotional landscapes; Space Invaders; I Didn't Expect To Like You; Never Goodbye; Unchained; Can I Go Home Now?; Casual Superhero; Northern Sun.

Personnel

Sander Baan: saxophone; Sander Thijsen: piano; Jonathan Nagel; double bass; Wieland Möller: drums.

Album information

Title: Heartscape | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: Timezone Records

Watch

Tags

Shop for Music

Start your music shopping from All About Jazz and through our retail affiliations you'll support us in the process.


MUSICSTACK

Rare vinyl LPs and CDs from over 1,000 independent sellers

AMAZON

CDs, Vinyl, Blu-Ray DVDS, Prime membership, Alexa, SONOS and more

HD TRACKS

Specializing in high resolution and CD-quality downloads

CD UNIVERSE

Specializing in music, movies and video games

REVERB

Marketplace for new, used, and vintage instruments and gear

More

Read GMQ
GMQ
Geoff Mason
Read For Now
For Now
Brian Landrus
Read Welcome Adventure Vol. 1
Welcome Adventure Vol. 1
Daniel Carter, Matthew Shipp. William Parker, Gerald Cleaver