164

The Yuri Honing Trio: Sequel

By

Sign in to view read count
Like Herbie Hancock's 1995 album New Standard, Sequel features jazz treatments of pop and rock songs. The attractions of this approach - which Dutch outfit The Yuri Honing Trio has taken before, having previously covered tunes by Bjork, Greenday, The Police and Abba - are considerable: It's a way to appeal to people who wouldn't usually listen to jazz, and it injects a much needed transfusion of new blood into the jazz repertoire (let's face it, how many versions of "My Funny Valentine" do you have in your record collection?) The main disadvantage is that jazz versions of pop songs can often be asinine gimmicks - think of Wes Montgomery's Beatles covers.

For the most part, the band avoids the pitfalls associated with covering pop songs, mainly by choosing tunes that are sophisticated enough to withstand the transition to jazz and then interpretting them intelligently. Tracy Bonham's edgy "Mother Mother", for example, is the perfect vehicle for Joost Lijbaart's frantic drumming, and Blondie's "Denis" succeeds, believe it or not, due to the jaunty Latin treatment the trio gives it. The most successful of the covers is "Message in a Bottle", perhaps because the song's creators, The Police, were pop musicians with jazz backgrounds who infused some elements of the music into the original. The famous riff is taken by bassist Tony Overwater, who uses his instrument almost like a guitar at various points throughout the album, while tenor saxophonist Honing provides a beautiful, contemplative solo. In fact, the only pop cover which doesn't convince is "Do You Know Where You're Going To?": Even some particularly outlandish drum work from Lijbaart cannot obscure the fact that the sickly theme sounds as if it has escaped from the Pretty Woman soundtrack.

The album also includes three band originals, two of which are particularly good. Written by Honing, the low-key "Fritz" has a wonderfully quizzical theme, while "Mister Neil", which was composed by all three band members, is an evocative, Arabian-influenced track with an eerie bowed bass section by Overwater. The trio's decision to stick with its 'new standards' approach largely pays off this time, but, with original material this good, it would be nice to hear more of it than just three tracks' worth on the next release.

Visit the Jazz in Motion Records web site at www.jazzinmotion.com

Track Listing1.Fritz; 2.Do You Know Where You're Going To?; 3.Mother Mother; 4.The Ballad of Yasutani; 5.Killing Me Softly; 6.Denis; 7.Mister Neil; 8.Message in a Bottle; 9.Nothing Rhymes;

PersonnelYuri Honing - Tenor Saxophone; Tony Overwater - Bass; Joost Lijbaart -Drums

| Record Label: Jazz In Motion Records | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read June CD/LP/Track Review June
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 19, 2017
Read The Final Concert CD/LP/Track Review The Final Concert
by John Sharpe
Published: February 19, 2017
Read Desire & Freedom CD/LP/Track Review Desire & Freedom
by Glenn Astarita
Published: February 19, 2017
Read On Hollywood Boulevard CD/LP/Track Review On Hollywood Boulevard
by Budd Kopman
Published: February 19, 2017
Read The Motorman's Son CD/LP/Track Review The Motorman's Son
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 18, 2017
Read "Live At Edgefest" CD/LP/Track Review Live At Edgefest
by John Sharpe
Published: April 28, 2016
Read "Nomade Orquestra" CD/LP/Track Review Nomade Orquestra
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: August 5, 2016
Read "Evolution - Seeds and Streams" CD/LP/Track Review Evolution - Seeds and Streams
by Phil Barnes
Published: December 19, 2016
Read "Lockout Station" CD/LP/Track Review Lockout Station
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: January 1, 2017
Read "The Three Voices" CD/LP/Track Review The Three Voices
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: March 19, 2016
Read "Jim Crow's Tears" CD/LP/Track Review Jim Crow's Tears
by James Nadal
Published: November 10, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!