Don Braden / Joris Teepe Quartet – In the spirit of Herbie Hancock (Best Jazz album Downbeat U.S.A. 2021)
It was a full house on November 15th 2019 when the Don Braden / Joris Teepe Quartet played “In the spirit of Herbie Hancock” in De Witte.
Expectations were high knowing that Don and Joris have more than 25 years of collaboration behind them. Long ago they immediately recognized their compatibility of personalities and attitudes.
Their last album “Conversations” (2016) is strong proof of that and was highly acclaimed among others by DownBeat Magazine. Judging by the standing ovation at the end of the concert on November 15th the same might happen to this album.
The music of the great pianist, keyboardist, bandleader, arranger, composer and actor Herbie Hancock (April 12th, 1940), one of the primary architects of the post-bop sound, inspired Don and Joris to arrange a varied selection of his compositions from ballads to blues and straight-ahead to medium swing. They also added two of their own compositions that were strongly influenced by Hancock.
All excellently performed by a finely tuned Dutch-American quartet showing visible and audible joy of playing in the spirit of their iconic collegue.
Line up: Don Braden - Tenor Saxophone & Flutes, Joris Teepe - Double bass, Rob van Bavel - Piano, Owen Hart Jr. - Drums, Credits: Produced by O.A.P. Records, Live concert recording at Sociëteit De Witte on November 15, 2019, The Hague, The Netherlands, Recordings made by Olthof Audio Productions, Producer & Sound Engineer: Barry Olthof, PA sound & assistant engineer: Marnix Bosman, Audio editing by Don Braden, Mixed and mastered by Barry Olthof at O.A.P. Studio, The Hague, The Netherlands, Photography: Stijn Kuiper & Martin Potjens, Liner notes: Robbert Coops, English translation: Ronald Blom, Graphic Design: O.A.P. Graphics, Release date: June 17, 2020, Catalog Nr: OAPR2002, EAN-code: 8714835161936, All rights reserved.