There is really a lot to be discovered and enjoyed in this dynamic album of Ruben Samama: the inescapable structures of the arrangements, the exciting and frenetic movement of ‘Ji’, the touching way a classic like Gordon Jenkins’ ‘Goodbye’ is handled, the inspired and to-the-point soloing, this is a band with a sound of its own.
Under the inspiring guidance of Ruben Samama, who brought some exceptionally original music to the session, this band made an exceptional recording.
Nuanced, fearless, gentle, angular, melodic, rhythmic playing by musicians who might be the heroes of tomorrow.
The music is so very strong. The compositions are remarkably fresh, highly original; the concept of the whole recording is very coherent, the level of interaction, the group sound, the dynamics, the sense of adventure, the energy ..... all these elements are on a very high level indeed.
Ruben Samama – Double bass
Alexandra Grimal - Tenorsax
Kalevi Louhivuori – Trumpet, Flügelhorn
Michal Vanoucek - Piano
Marc Lohr – Drums
Produced by O.A.P. Records
Producer and Engineer: Barry Olthof
First Assistant Engineer: Fred de Neef
Second Assistant Engineer: Mendel Pool
Graphic Design: Wim Wepster
Photography: Ji-hyun Hong
Liner notes: Hein Van de Geyn
Recordings made by Olthof Audio Productions at E-sound Studio 1, Weesp, The Netherlands.
Mixed and mastered at O.A.P. studio, The Hague, The Netherlands.
Catalog Number: OAPR702