Paul Van Kemenade

Close Enough (JAZZ)

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Close Enough

Paul Van Kemenade

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5 STARS DOWN BEAT MAGAZINE (July 2011)
 
Ever heard a jazz CD open with Gregorian chant? A composition involving a Renaissance vocal ensemble, flamenco guitar, Senegalese percussion and jazz quartet also has to be a first. Further listening reveals rich variety and surprising homogeneity, driven with deep conviction from the leader, already confirming this as one of my albums of the year. Dutch saxophonist Paul van Kemenade's expressive alto and bluesy feel betray a likely debt to David Sanborn and Maceo Parker, but might also have been distilled from Bunky Green, Johnny Hodges or Amsterdam-based saxophonist Michael Moore. Clawing for precedents ends there, since this is a unique record. Contexts are ingenious, from three horns plus bass, to duo with cello, to big-shot quintet with Ray Anderson, Ernst Glerum and Han Bennink. The latter plays snare with brushes, contributing to an overall chamber-like vibe. Collaborations with Angelo Verploegen and Louk Boudesteijn suggest a regular band given the perfect tonal overlay, bassist Wiro Mahieu as a fine counterweight. The leader's "Close Enough" and "It Is Never Too Late" whiff of rhapsodic ballads and detour into peculiar polyphonic places, the former fragmenting into spacious abstraction. His alto darts and dives luxuriously, a rainbow feathered bird of paradise riding to the stratosphere. Speaking of birds, "Cuckoo," with Ernst Reijseger plucking and strumming cello and guffawing like a tipsy woodchopper, is brilliant and hilarious. Despite the alto's distinct pump in the mix, there is great sensitivity to dynamics and a lovely hover betwixt classical, composition and improv.- Michael Jackson, Down Beat Magazine

PERSONNEL:

PAUL VAN KEMENADE, alto saxophone
ERNST REIJSEGER, cello
HAN BENNINK, snaredrum
RAY ANDERSON, trombone
CAPPELLA PRATENSIS, vocals
FRANK MOBUS, guitar
EL PERIQUIN, guitar
ERNST GLERUM, bass
SERIGNE GUEYE, percussion
WIRO MAHIEU, bass
ECKARD KOITERMANN, bass clarinet
STEVKO BUSCH, piano
ACHIM KRAMER, drums
BENJAMIN TRAWINSKI, bass
ANGELO VERPLOEGEN, flugelhorn
LOUK BOUDESTEIJN trombone.

Recorded june / october / november 2010.

Tracks:
01. Fantasy Colors
02. Close Enoug
03. Lapsto
04. Take It Easy
05. Cool Man, Coleman Part 1 & 2
06. Cuckoo
07. It Is Never Too Late
08. Gathering For Alto And Cello
09. Vormarz.