Album Remarks & Appraisals:
All Music Guide
Ambitious ... cutting-edge.
All About Jazz
One of the most pliant large ensembles on the planet.
Dutch orchestral jazz based on classical compositions, from the string section of the world's leading pop and jazz orchestra! This first album in the MO Blue series features pieces based on compositions by Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, and J.S. Bach. This adventurous merger of jazz and orchestral music, perhaps best described as "chamber jazz," features classical melodies mixed with virtuosic jazz solos and groovy rhythms. An adventurous merger of jazz and orchestral music! Based on compositions by Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, and J.S. Bach. Collaborative recordings include an eclectic mix of artists, from John Scofield & Vince Mendoza to dance/electronic duo Basement Jaxx.
Personnel: Vincent Koning (guitar); Herman Van Haaren, Jasper VanRosmalen, Arlia de Ruiter, Vera Laporeva, Dennis Koenders, Sarah Koch, David Peijnenborgh, Alida Schat, Wim Kok, Marijn Rombout, Pauline Terlouw, Casper Donker, Merel Jonker, Ewa Zbyszynska, Seija Teewen (violin); Isabella Petersen, Mieke Honingh, Norman Jansen, Iris Schut, Julia Jowett (viola); Jascha Albracht, Emile Visser, Charles Watt (cello); Rob van Bavel (piano); Eric Winkelmann, Arend Liefkes, Frans Van Geest (double bass).
Audio Mixer: Paul Pouwer.
Recording information: MCO Studio 1, Hilversum, NL (03/18/2014-03/20/2014).