by Glenn Astarita
Thes New England-based record label, Driff Records, was established in 2012 by Jorrit Dijkstra (reeds, electronics) and Pandelis Karayorgis (piano) with the intentions of creating transatlantic improvised music." Dijkstra and drummer, composer John Hollenbeck have enjoyed a productive working relationship since the 1990s, and invited forward-thinking French pianist Benoît Delbecq into this beguiling and uncanny improvisational trio setting for Linger. It definitely goes against the grain, even by free jazz nomenclatures. But the intermixing of acoustic and electronics yield some ...read more
by Glenn Astarita
Driff Records labelmates, pianist Pandelis Karayorgis and reedman Jorrit Dijkstra assembled this impressive lineup with the intentions of keeping the individual musicians in mind." The group moniker relates to a deep-sea submersible apparatus that draws a parallel to the ensemble's deep dive musical exploits. The band imparts a translucent region of sound via asymmetrical elements of modern mainstream and avant-garde framed expressionism. One of the reoccurring highlights pertain to the artists' inner-workings and mechanics in concert with ballsy horns charts; ...read more
by Troy Collins
An international summit meeting, Pillow Circles joins four American jazz musicians with four Dutch improvisers. Similar in feel to his Flatlands Collective, this effort finds Dutch expatriate and multi-instrumentalist Jorrit Dijkstra paying homage to a handful of artists who have inspired him, with each piece dedicated to an individual.
Bringing an empathetic familiarity to the octet are three members of the Chicago- based Flatlands Collective--the veteran rhythm section of bassist Jason Roebke and drummer Frank Rosaly, as well ...read more
by Wilbur MacKenzie
Maatjes, the second recording by the Flatlands Collective, captures the ensemble at the end of a European tour, with the group dynamic very well-tuned to alto saxophonist/composer Jorrit Dijkstra's compelling charts. Chicagoans Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello), Jeb Bishop (trombone), James Falzone (clarinet), Jason Roebke (bass) and Frank Rosaly (drums) all work together to celebrate the various micro-dialogues that emerge from the Collective's highly evocative composing and very distinguished improvisational vocabularies. A long view of the Clean Feed disc ...read more
by Troy Collins
Named for the geographic similarity between the American Mid-West and the Netherlands, the Flatlands Collective is a mid-sized ensemble of Chicago-based musicians operating under the leadership of Dutch saxophonist and electronics manipulator Jorrit Dijkstra. A seamless integration of nostalgic European melodies, futuristic minimalism, and spontaneous free jazz, Dijkstra's cantilevered compositions unveil layers of detailed nuance on Maatjes, the sophomore effort of this international collective.
The ensemble's core line-up is virtually unchanged since their debut, Gnomade (Skycap, 2006). Clarinetist ...read more
by Mark Corroto
When Dutch saxophonist Jorrit Dijkstra plays saxophone alone, he is never alone. His latest recording 30 Micro-Stems, while a solo effort, is filled with the loops and delays that process sound, keeping him in good company. Dijkstra, a Dutch saxophonist is one of the stars on the Amsterdam scene releasing recordings on the BVHaast label. He works in various groups including his Trio Jorrit Dijkstra (sax/bass/drums), a quartet Sound-Lee! that plays the music of Lee Konitz, Jorrit Dijkstra + Strings ...read more