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Paul Van Kemenade: Close Enough

Read "Close Enough" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Close Enough from alto saxophonist Paul van Kemenade was a Downbeat magazine “Best of 2011" and it is no small wonder why. Sub-titled “alto Paul van Kemenade in different settings," the nine tracks range widely in both style and personnel, including a Renaissance vocal ensemble, a duo with cello, three horns and a bass as well two different more standard quintets. Through it all, Kemenade's playing is marvelous, bringing together a sly wit and sense of humor, much intelligence and ...

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Paul Van Kemenade Quartet: Checking Out

Read "Checking Out" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Saxophonist Paul van Kemenade might just be the least publicly known (at least outside of Europe) jazz musician who has a discography going back to 1979. His latest effort Checking Out, featuring Han Bennink on drums, bassist Ernst Glerum and trombonist Ray Anderson, will hopefully bring him and his music much more notoriety. The same can be said of his bandmates, besides Bennink, who seems to be the connection bringing everyone together (see ABD which finds Bennink and ...


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