New CD ' SPARK' by the Ad Colen Quartet
Ad Colen - tenor &sopranosaxophone, compositions
Gé Bijvoet - piano, compositions
Wiro Mahieu - double bass
Yonga Sun - drums
All compostions by Ad Colen
Except Jobbernowl and Flying Alaska by Gé Bijvoet and Avec le temps by Leo Ferré.
Produced by Ad Colen
Recorded October 4,5 2012 at Studio Eleven
Recording Engineer Frans de Rond
Mixed by Frans de Rond, Ad Colen and Gijs Batelaan. at Studio Eleven
Mastered by Darius van Helfteren.
Averse to insularity , he soaks up, sponge-like, all sorts of influences from jazz, modern classical music, country & western, world music, and modern pop music. With his compositions Ad Colen searches for new angles and hooks to furnish the traditional jazz quartet with a new sound. Spark is its proof.
Ad Colen’s jazz quartet is nationally and internationally celebrated for its fresh, personal, and varied sound. The American jazzreview.com called the previous CD Free “a piece of art,” while the German Jazzpodium called this CD an example of progressive Dutch jazz. With his new CD Spark, Colen builds upon this and at the same time indicates new nuances. The result is listening music that is open, accessible, narrative, and vivacious. Jazz like jazz is meant to be: adventurous, groovy, and lyrical.
An important part of the sound is formed by the input and teamwork of the musicians. Gé Bijvoet (Soloists Prize NOS Meervaart Jazz Festival) is a self-willed pianist who always adds his own twists to the music. Wiro Mahieu (winner Wessel Ilcken Prize) is one of The Netherlands’ best contrabassists who excels in his groove, technqiue , and lyrical performance. Yonga Sun (winner Dutch Jazz Competition) connects perfectly to this with his enormous creativity and groove.
De Volkskrant **** - Frank van Herk –
“Already during the first number you are touched by Colen’s beautiful tone on tenor sax: an old-fashioned gut sound but agile, in the Rollins tradition but filled in individually...”
Jazz 2010 nr. 1 ***** - Angelique van Os
“Free is an album that exudes class in collective performance, separate improvisations, with a brisk modern sound, and insuring musical artistry.”
Jazzism – Ton Ouwehand –
“Many improvising musicians would benefit from Colen’s compositions. Jazz bands searching for a fresh repertoire would do well to dig in Colen’s body of works ...”
Jazzreview (USA) – Randall Parrish –
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“The CD Free is a work of art. The Netherlands has every reason to be proud of this jazz quartet. They ensure that the jazz tradition continues to be alive and kicking.”
Jazzenzo – Mischa Andriessen [oud-student van me], after a North Sea Jazz Festival concert 2010
“For that matter, the performance by the Ad Colen Quartet was much more swinging. With Free Colen and company have delivered een strong CD, pieces of which they rendered convincingly.”