Welcome to O.A.P. Records, an independent international record label located in The Hague, The Netherlands, which focuses on Jazz and World Music.
O.A.P. Records is dedicated to reproducing music in its clearest and purest form.
Through open and direct recordings the listener is brought into the music.
Recording your music in the O.A.P. Studio?
Check the studio page for all details and listen to some audio-samples of the albums. For more information about the label and producer & recording engineer Barry Olthof, see the profile page.
CD and vinyl albums are for sale at our webshop in the catalog.
Four of Holland's best musicians, a great atmosphere and audience, a beautiful grand piano and perfect sound. All the ingredients were present for a perfect afternoon of jazz. A balanced mix of jazz standards and own compositions by master pianist/composer Karel Boehlee enchanted the enthusiastic audience. Together with saxophonist Paul van der Feen, bassist Tijs Klaassen and drummer Joost van Schaik, they created wonderful jazz. Karel and his men reached their musical peaks whilst making it all look so easy, everything unfolding on the moment, interactive and playful. A live concert on August 13, 2023 which will not be easily forgotten.
Jazz has a thousand faces. From uptight, playful to spectacular. The jazz that the Remco Hofman Quartet presents on this CD goes for another feeling: subtle, mellifluous, without any hectics. The English language has a label for it: ‘fireplace music’. Music that one can bring home to enjoy tranquilly with a glass of wine in front of that open fire. It starts at the quartets home, the Netherlands, with composer Rogier van Otterloo’s hitsong ‘Dat mistige rooie beest’ (That misty reddish animal) from the movie ‘Turkish delight’, made famous by Toots Thielemans. You can’t miss the joyful pleasure in the way pianist Hofman chooses his notes here. The second solo voice in his quartet is guitar player Ron Lezer, remarkably versatile. He colours, brings deep warmth and can ‘sing’ on his instrument. Moreover two songs in which guest-trumpetteer Victor Borkent adds an important voice to the quartet: in ‘My funny Valentine’ and in a surprising version of ‘Summertime’. Jazz with an almost romantic approach, with lyricism and emotions, but always swinging. Driven and supported by the precisely dosed rhythms of drummer Barry Olthof and bassist Willem van Wijngaarden.
After an impressive career playing and recording with countless jazz greats from Tony Bennett and Rosemary Clooney to Benny Goodman and Woody Herman, tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton relocated to Europe in the 90’s and started working as a soloist traveling around the world playing concerts, club dates and making records. His playing still displays that boundless energy, creativity and unique straight-ahead swing style that quickly made him a household name since he burst on the scene in the middle seventies. Scott has built up a dedicated group of fans around the globe and continues to travel to play with his musician friends everywhere. This concert was recorded in the medieval town of Gouda, organized on short notice by René ten Cate, a seasoned pianist, drummer and vibraphonist who managed to find a good theater and had enough time to drum up an enthusiastic audience. A date was available in Scott’s tour schedule and René picked up the phone to put a band together in which his weapon of choice would be the vibraphone. This date had Scott playing with some old and some new friends in the best jazz tradition. The music was made on the spot and in the moment, intros and codas were fully improvised and everybody in the band fully trusted each other to do whatever was needed to make the music sound good. For good jazz sometimes that’s all you need.