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Moon Trio: Moon Trio: Earth-Time

Read "Moon Trio: Earth-Time" reviewed by Marithe Van der Aa

Graceful melodies and grooves merge together effortlessly on the debut album of this recently formed trio led by Dutch pianist Jeroen Van Vliet. With the help of occasional electronic effects, Van Vliet and his trio create soundscapes of a dreamlike quality that trigger and inspire the imagination.

While it is far from uncommon for contemporary ...

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Michiel Stekelenburg 5: Layers

Read "Layers" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Dutch guitarist/composer Michiel Stekelenburg expands his group to a quintet for his second album as a leader. Joined by saxophonist Efraim Trujillo, pianist Jeroen Van Vliet, bassist Guus Bakker, and drummer Pascal Vermeer he presents a sharp set of contemporary jazz originals. The opener “024" begins with folk guitar strumming, a sound recalling Pat Metheny, clearly ...

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November Music 2015

Read "November Music 2015" reviewed by Henning Bolte

November Music
s'Hertogenbosch
November 5-8, 2015

November Music is a yearly festival held in the medieval town of s'-Hertogenbosch in the southeast part of The Netherlands. s'-Hertogenbosch (also called Den Bosch) is the hometown of well-known Dutch painter Jheronimus Bosch (1450-1516). The festival is a festival of contemporary music, new music ...

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Simin Tander: Where Water Travels Home

Read "Where Water Travels Home" reviewed by Ian Patterson

A typical jazz format perhaps, but the delivery on Simon Tander's second CD is anything but typical. As on her memorable debut Wagma (Neuklang Records, 2011), Tander sings in various languages--English, French--and in her improvised language. Here, however, Tander explores her roots by singing in pashto--her Afghan father's language--with mesmerizing results. On Wagma, Tander already sounded ...

Take Five With Shane Cooper

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Meet Shane Cooper:

Shane Cooper is a bassist, composer, and producer from Cape Town, South Africa. Oscillations, with his quintet, is due to be launched on August 22, 2013 at Cape Town's Mahogany Room. In 2012, he was selected as the Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz. Has he been a member of Babu (SAMA ...

Take Five With Rogier Telderman

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Meet Rogier Telderman:

With an enormous drive, profoundness, and enthusiasm, pianist Rogier Telderman --born in 1982--has emerged as one of the rising stars from the Dutch jazz scene. He performs and composes for his ensembles Melphi and RT trio, and his duo project with vibraphonist Vincent Houdijk. He has created a unique voice, balancing between ...

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Simin Tander: Softly, As In A Morning Dew

Read "Simin Tander: Softly, As In A Morning Dew" reviewed by Ian Patterson

For many people around the world, the word jazz evokes a singer in a bar, club, restaurant or hotel, reworking the standards of yore. Vocal jazz has such a high profile, relatively speaking, because radio stations and TV stations largely balk at the idea of instrumental music, and, easy listening-as a lot of vocal jazz tends ...

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Simin Tander: Wagma

Read "Wagma" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Simin Tander is a polyglot German-Afghan singer who combines the fierce creativity of Meredith Monk with the jazz savvy of Gretchen Parlato. She has surrounded herself with a like-minded trio that is willing to forge in whatever direction she desires, with music and singing full of wordless howls, purrs, and calls. This is multicultural music with ...

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Eric Vloeimans: V-Flow

Read "Eric Vloeimans: V-Flow" reviewed by John Kelman

Eric Vloeimans

V-Flow
Challenge Records

2010

Still on the shy side of fifty, but looking considerably younger--in no small part due to a distinctive image with colorful clothing and funky shoes--it might appear premature to be releasing a five-disc box set that takes a retrospective look at the career of Dutch ...