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"van Rooyen has transmitted to his former pupil and saxophonist Jeroen Manders exactly this: the sovereignty and the awareness of being a
perfect musician, without the urge to show it off in each and every phrase"
Michael Stürm, JazzThing
NEW CD OUT NOW!
'To The Ends of The Earth',
by The Jeroen Manders Quintet, featuring Ack van Rooyen
PRESS-RELEASE by Mons Records:
Photo: Eveline van Egdom
'To The Ends Of The Earth' is Jeroen Manders’ debut album as a bandleader. That the saxophonist and composer from The Hague has acquired a complete 'all-stars' cast for his debut is a testament to his enormous quality as a musician. Moreover the Cd attests to the intoxicating energy and enthusiasm that Manders manages to directly transfer onto his quintet colleagues.
His fellow musicians on this production really are the crème de la crème of the Dutch jazz scene, and include; his former teacher and continuing role-model Ack van Rooyen on flugelhorn, two friends from his studies at the Royal Conservatory: renowned musical colleagues, Wim Kegel (on drums) and Marc van Roon, and finally the exceptional bassist Erik Robaard.
To The Ends Of The Earth' has become an album that celebrates completely and with great sensitivity the real purpose and aspiration of all musicians - the music.
It celebrates the melodic side of jazz, “story telling at it's best", but with a musical sophistication and intensity that totally precludes any banalities from the very beginning.
Jeroen Manders said: "I wanted to make an album about music - about nothing but music - without unnecessary extras and fake or excessive concepts".
In this regard, the Jeroen Manders Quintet has been more than successful!
Thilo Berg, Mons Records