Jan Verwey – Dreamdancing
As a trio, we tried to create a mood reminiscent of Charlie Haden, Richie Beirach and Michel Petrucciani, but in our case with the harmonica as pivot, enabling us to create a special, unique texture.
Because of this, the title “Dreamdancing” acquired a double meaning. Not only is the album named for the Cole Porter piece, but the ensemble’s special texture also lends the CD a dreamy aspect.
The CD of course contains swing-pieces, but also free parts where rhythm hardly features, with beautiful bowed sections by Jasper, not coincidentally Enrico Pieranunzi’s fixed bass player. Both he and Johan played a strong part in creating the form of this album.
Through his collaborations with Toots, Johan learned a lot about shaping the right musical setting for the harmonica. Both have worked with many international jazzcats.
Furthermore, I wanted to send a message to all Dutch jazz musicians, encouraging them to continue playing the music of their forefathers, who, in a sense, taught them their ‘trade’ through the compositions they contributed.
Of course there are the originals, your own work, and there are the Standards. I’ve created my own term: Original Standards. These are Realbook pieces that aren’t played that often but are, each one, cool jazz-pearls in their own right, such as those in classical music by, for example, Mahler, Beethoven and Bach. And classical musicians do honour their traditions!
Format: CD (digipack). Line up: Jan Verwey - Harmonica, Johan Clement - Piano, Jasper Somsen - Double Bass, Credits: Produced by O.A.P. Records, Producer & Engineer: Barry Olthof, Recordings made by Olthof Audio Productions, at The O.A.P. Studio, The Hague, The Netherlands, January 2016, Mixed and mastered at O.A.P. Studio, The Hague, The Netherlands, February 2016, Photography: Eddy Westveer (Jan), Evert-Jan Hielema (Jasper) and Jos L. Knaepen (Johan), Design: O.A.P. Graphics, Release date: 27 May 2016, Cat. Nr: OAPR1601, EAN-code: 8714835115762, All rights reserved.