Time for some Holland promotion: a beautiful, haunting piece by trumpeter Eric Vloeimans (born 1963), one of the main Dutch jazz figures.
After studying jazz at the Rotterdam Academy of Music, he continued his studies in New York , playing with Donald Byrd and the big bands of Frank Foster and Mercer Ellington.
In 2009 he went touring in America with his unusual, drum-free trio Fugimundi, and this set was recorded in Yoshi’s Jazz Club in Oakland, California. Vloeimans conducted his program of originals and a lone standard in a most sensual, sparse, chamber music-style that is as striking as it is introspective.
'Corleone' is Godfather-inspired in a chamber-like framework and a calm-before-the-storm motif is established which is utterly foreboding. Please allow the song to 'develop', and wait for the trumpet to kick in.
Such beauty and drama!
Eric Vloeimans - Trumpet Anton Goudsmit - Guitar Harmen Fraanje - Piano