Yuri Honing Acoustic Quartet

Desire

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Label: Challenge Records
UPC: 0608917337822
Catnr: CR 73378
Release date: 14 February 2015
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14 February 2015

""You can hear that Honing has absorbed a lot of culture over the years""

Jazzenzo, 29-3-2016
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Desire is captured perfectly on Yuri Honing's new album of the same title. The eight tracks on this album reflect eight different feelings of desire. Some pieces are about pain, some are hopeful and dreamy, and others are more resigned or even peaceful.

Renowned for mixing styles, Honing again explores his musical boundaries with moving melodies framed by pop, classical music and early music compositional techniques. The track Lasciate Mi Morire (Let me die) is even a literal reference to the beloved madrigal of Claudio Monteverdi dating from 1614.

Op het nieuwe album van Yuri Honing Desire klinkt het universele gevoel van verlangen terug in al zijn facetten. Als in een instrumentale opera passeren in acht tracks gevoelens van verlangen de revue. In sommige stukken is pijn te horen, andere zijn hoopvol en dromerig en soms klinkt het berustend en zelfs vredig.

Honing, die bekend staat om het mixen van muziekstijlen, laat op Desire meeslepende melodiëen de boventoon voeren, omlijst door jazz, pop, klassieke en zelfs oude muziek. De compositie Lasciate Mi Morire (Laat mij sterven) is bijvoorbeeld een letterlijke verwijzing naar het geliefde madrigaal van Claudio Monteverdi uit 1614.

Desire is een album vol weemoed dat de luisteraar bij de strot grijpt en beroert. Het was Gerard Reve die het treffend verwoordde: "Kunst is gestileerd menselijk handelen (of een produkt daarvan), dat een ontroering teweegbrengt".
Sehnsucht - Yuri Honings neues Album desselben Titels fängt sie auf acht Stücken ein, die sie in ihren verschiedensten Gesichtern zeigen: Manche der Songs handeln vom Schmerz, andere sind hoffnungsvoll und träumerisch, andere wiederum resignierter oder friedlich. Honing, der für seinen Stil-Mix bekannt ist, erforscht erneut musikalische Grenzen mit wunderschönen Melodien, eingerahmt von Techniken aus Pop, Klassik und Alter Musik, die besonders in „Lasciate mi morire“ (Lasst mich sterben), einer Hommage an Claudio Monteverdis beliebtes Madrigal, zum Tragen kommen. Ein melancholisches und bewegendes Album, das eine starke Emotion aus allen Winkeln beleuchtet.

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Yuri Honing (saxophone)

Honing had his first major success in 1996 with his album Star Tracks, which comprised recordings of pop songs as an alternative to the American Songbook. The album became a hit in the Netherlands and Germany, and gained significant notice in the UK as well. The album contains songs by Abba and The Police among others. Honing uses their material as a basis for improvisation; he gladly points out that jazz musicians of previous generations were doing exactly the same. The album Sequel that Honing records in 1999 is in the same vein, using material by Björk, Blondie and others. The CD Playing (1998) finds Honing performing alongside veteran pianist Misha Mengelberg in twelve freely improvised tracks. Two years later the project gets a sequel at the North Sea Jazz Festival, with cellist Ernst Reijseger as third improviser. The recordings find their way onto the CD Lively (2000). In 2001,...
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Honing had his first major success in 1996 with his album Star Tracks, which comprised recordings of pop songs as an alternative to the American Songbook. The album became a hit in the Netherlands and Germany, and gained significant notice in the UK as well. The album contains songs by Abba and The Police among others. Honing uses their material as a basis for improvisation; he gladly points out that jazz musicians of previous generations were doing exactly the same. The album Sequel that Honing records in 1999 is in the same vein, using material by Björk, Blondie and others.
The CD Playing (1998) finds Honing performing alongside veteran pianist Misha Mengelberg in twelve freely improvised tracks. Two years later the project gets a sequel at the North Sea Jazz Festival, with cellist Ernst Reijseger as third improviser. The recordings find their way onto the CD Lively (2000).
In 2001, Honing met Paul Bley and recorded the album Seven with Bley on piano, Gary Peacock on bass and Paul Motian ondrums. This album garnered Honing the Dutch Edison Award in 2002.[1] In The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (Eighth Edition) this CD was recognized with four (out of five) stars.
Memory Lane is recorded by Honing in 2002, together with members of the Amsterdam based Concertgebouw Orchestra. It is his first project with musicians from the world of classical music.
In addition to his activities in acoustic and classical music, in 2005 Honing starts a new electric band, Wired Paradise. It features Tony Overwater (on bass guitar) and Joost Lijbaart plus the German guitarist Frank Möbus, best known for his work with the trio Der Rote Bereich.
The saxophonist enters into a new classical collaboration with the Metropole Orchestra in 2006. With conductor Vince Mendoza at the rostrum he records the CD Symphonic with this orchestra. Just like he considers contemporary pop music to be the continuation of the Great American Songbook, Honing sees a parallel between that particular song form and Franz Schubert's lieder. He therefore decides to record a full instrumental version of Schubert's song cycle Winterreise, accompanied by the classical pianist Nora Mulder (2007). He also uses Winterreise as the title for a special concert evening with guests which the saxophonist organizes every year on December 29 at the Amsterdam Paradiso.
In 2009 Honing forms an acoustic band with a chordal instrument for the first time! In his Acoustic Quartet Wolfert Brederode is the pianist, Ruben Samama on double bass, and Joost Lijbaart once again the drummer. That same year Honing also invites dance producer Floris Klinkert for a collaboration, resulting in the CD Phase Five. On this album Floris makes use of samples from the saxophonist's entire discography to produce new compositions. The resulting songs are sung by pop singers like Leine, Sarah Bettens (known of the band K's Choice) and Lilian Vieira (of the band Zuco 103); in addition Honing himself is featured as a soloist. January 2012 Yuri Honing won the Dutch Boy Edgar Prijs.
Other career highlights
  • 2001 Honing toured with Bley and bassist Charlie Haden.
  • 2003 He performed with guitarist Pat Metheny and bassist Scott Colley.
  • 2006 He recorded Symphonic with arranger and composer Vince Mendoza.
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"You can hear that Honing has absorbed a lot of culture over the years"
Jazzenzo, 29-3-2016

[...] Yet this is the amazement that such a small country produces so many great talents. Saxophonist Yuri Honing is up in distant places a welcome guest and can compete with the best, if there is a hierarchy in music existing. As a tenor saxophonist, he has the luxury of its own finely honed sound. Also includes a large, powerful sound to his vocabulary. [...]
Opus Klassiek, 05-1-2016

[...] The first part might actually be the best part of the album,although the level of the rest of the album remains remarkably high (..) The album doesn't contain bad parts. I think I can say that this might be Honings best album so far, partly because there isn't forced cross-overs to other genres and mostly because the music fits in the jazzidiom. (..) This is, without a doubt, one of the best Dutch jazzrecords of 2015 [...]
Draai om je oren, 05-1-2016

List of the year Mischa Andriessen number 8!
Trouw, 29-12-2015

JazzCenter Top 2015 The best 10 cd's (new and reissued) of 2015 by Reinier van Bevervoorde & Jan Bax, the owners of recordstore JazzCenter, The Hague.
Jazzflits, 21-12-2015

["]..A Desire anyway to make wonderful music. And that has succeeded excellently tonight by Honing and his quartet."
Draai om je oren, 05-11-2015

"Sweet melancholy does have its attraction, if it comes along as credibly and authentically as it does here"
Jazz'n'More, 01-11-2015

"The record is atmospheric, deep and easeful. [..]Quite an achievement to be able to capture the concept of 'desire' in music and improvisation like this."
Music Emotion, 01-6-2015

"Desire is captured perfectly on Yuri Honing's new album of the same title. The eight tracks on this album reflect eight different feelings of desire. Some pieces are about pain, some are hopeful and dreamy, and others are more resigned or even peaceful. Renowned for mixing styles, Honing again explores his musical boundaries with moving melodies framed by pop, classical music and early music compositional techniques." 
Jazzhalo, 01-6-2015

"Desire is Honings most personal and without a doubt his best record."
Klassieke Zaken, 01-6-2015

"Desire is an affair of the heart in more ways than one. The CD's inside cover contains a poem entitled "Our Heart" by Joost Zwagerman, inspired by that most vital organ. Zwagerman's rich trawl of adjectives includes intimate, bittersweet, vulnerable and intense —descriptions that equally sum up Honning's haunting, heartfelt music;; music as delicate and as vital as the "fragile fist thumping and pumping" inside each of us. "
AllAboutJazz, 27-5-2015

"Great through talent." 
Le Soir, 20-5-2015

"Honing plays gorgeous, varies and streches his show, puts anything bigger and gets you with his long, floating tones in his story full of cravings."   
De Standaard, 29-4-2015

"Stick to each of the eight pieces of music of composer Honing, experience the ever changing music, let you fondle by these so wonderful combination of tenor saxophone, piano, double bass and percussion." 
Jazznu, 20-4-2015

"Beautiful, lingering compositions, in which Honing can really let his tenor saxophone sing in deep spherical tones."
De Volkskrant, 01-4-2015

"The Yuri Honing Acoustic Quartet combines in an impressive way elements from jazz, pop and early music."
Nederlands Dagblad, 27-3-2015

Interview Yuri Honing: "Verlangen is een krachtige drijfveer voor vrijwel alle kunstvormen. Saxofonist Yuri Honing heeft er een prachtig album aan gebeid met daarop tedere, contemplatieve en vol mededogen doortrokken muziek. Met Desire laat hij alle facetten van het verlangen horen. Een nieuwe mijlpaal voor de voormalige winnaar van onze voornaamste jazzprijs." 
Jazzism, 16-3-2015

"The tension between surrender and restraint, self loss and self-control, is on "Desire ' constantly felt." 
Trouw, 06-3-2015

"The music is a mix of dreamy and abstract sounds with seductive grooves and catchy melodies."  
Mania, 06-3-2015

"Desire is the work of experienced musicians. They can read and write with each other. There isn't a note nonsense on this album."
Dagblad De Limburger, 04-3-2015

"Desire is the work of skilled musicians."
Dagblad de Limburger, 04-3-2015

"The retained melodies swell in waves and the tension is built up carefully."
NRC Next, 02-3-2015

"From desire to imagination is the jazz with subtile percussion, soft bass and stinging piano work thought out in all its simplicity."   
NRC Handelsblad, 02-3-2015

"Yuri his desire big and fascinating"
Jazzenzo, 20-2-2015

"With his recognizable sound of controlled, elongated, floating sounds he mounts a inescapable atmosphere down to Desire."   
Het Parool, 19-2-2015

"Desire is mooi, net als een stervende zwaan." 
Concerto, 01-2-2015

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Concerto (AT), 01-2-2015

"This quartet is high class as a whole, with stylish pianist Wolfer Brederode adding color."
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