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Den Haag Centraal 7/11/14
Jeroen Manders Quintet ‚To the Ends of the Earth’ (Mons Records/ New Arts Int.)
We know Ack van Rooyen as one who is able to tell stories on the fluegelhorn, that, though pleasantly beguiling, are full of refinement. Histrionics and superficial virtuosity are not his thing.
And on this relaxed mainstream album 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.
Manders and his colleagues, all of them members of the Dutch jazz scene, let the music soar, while at times, where others would perhaps really have stepped on the gas, they gladly pull the brakes, thus creating an atmosphere, where listening to the other becomes top priority. In the midst of this close interaction, Manders and keyboard player Marc van Roon shine in their warm-sounding and markedly eloquent solo contributions.
And the old master van Rooyen? He soars with velvet tone and the wisdom that comes with age through this finely woven musical fabric, that, though it may not offer anything new, yet it offers a demonstration of jazz as a fine art.
"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