The Eric Ineke JazzXpress

Dexternity

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Label: Daybreak
UPC: 0608917459524
Catnr: DBCHR 75225
Release date: 16 September 2016
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"The Gordon legacy, of course, consists of umpteen performances by the great man, but this evocation of his writing, and with vigorous interpretations to match, is a contemporary reminder of his significance as a jazz force that continues to have relevance and exert lasting influence."

Jazz Journal, 09-1-2017
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Normally when Dexter toured in Europe back in the sixties and seventies, it was as a solo musician picking up local rhythm sections in each city along the way. But in Holland, he had a “working band” with Rein de Graaff on piano, Henk Haverhoek on bass and Eric Ineke on drums.
The main reason for this was that their booker Wim Wigt managed to find gigs in Hilversum, Leiden, Veendam, Venlo, Zwolle, Den Haag, Heemskerk, Amsterdam, De Woude, Rotterdam, and Eschede. When Dexter would tell people about all the towns he had played in during his time in Holland, they were incredulous. He would tell them that there were jazz lovers in all these places in a country the size of the state of Maryland.

Dexternity is a tribute by 'the working band drummer' Eric Ineke. This tribute includes some of Dexter’s signature compositions including Fried Bananas, The Panther (composed in tribute to the Black Panthers), Tivoli, Boston Bernie, Sticky Wicket, Soy Califa, Mrs. Miniver, and Cheese Cake. They have also included the classic Body and Soul, the composition that “must” be played every night, according to Dexter Gordon.
Als Dexter in durch Europa tourte (60 - 70), war es so, dass ein Solomusiker in jeder Stadt eine lokale Rhythmusgruppe fand. Doch in Holland hatte er eine Band mit Rein de Graaff (Klavier), Henk Haverhoek (Bass) und Erik Ineke (Drums).

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The Eric Ineke JazzXpress

The Eric Ineke JazzXpress  consists of the very talented Rik Mol on trumpet and flugelhorn, Sjoerd Dijkhuizen on tenorsaxophone, Rob van Bavel on piano, Marius Beets on doublebass and ofcourse Holland’s most prominent Jazzdrummer Eric Ineke. The repertoire is rooted in the Hard-bop tradition and the most compositions are written by the bandmembers themselves. With three generations of jazzmuscians in this explosive band, Hard-bop will get a contemporary meaning and you can trust The Eric Ineke JazzXpress for that. Right from the start in 2006 the band got great critical acclaim and appeared in Germany, Belgium and many festivals in Holland including the Northsea Jazz festival. In 2008  the band was a big success on the European Jazzfestival in Athens ( Greece)....
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The Eric Ineke JazzXpress consists of the very talented Rik Mol on trumpet and flugelhorn, Sjoerd Dijkhuizen on tenorsaxophone, Rob van Bavel on piano, Marius Beets on doublebass and ofcourse Holland’s most prominent Jazzdrummer Eric Ineke.
The repertoire is rooted in the Hard-bop tradition and the most compositions are written by the bandmembers themselves. With three generations of jazzmuscians in this explosive band, Hard-bop will get a contemporary meaning and you can trust The Eric Ineke JazzXpress for that.
Right from the start in 2006 the band got great critical acclaim and appeared in Germany, Belgium and many festivals in Holland including the Northsea Jazz festival. In 2008 the band was a big success on the European Jazzfestival in Athens ( Greece). During a succesful theater tour for JazzImpuls in 2009, the band recorded the live CD ‘’JazzXL, Blues, Ballads and other Bright moments’’ which was released in 2011.
In the summer of 2011 the band got an invitation from the American Jazz Museum to perform in Kansas City together with the great singer Deborah Brown. Together they recorded the album ‘’All Too Soon’’ which was running for a Grammy. In 2012 The Eric Ineke JazzXpress did a series of concerts with David Liebman, The Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw and Deborah Brown in Holland and Germany to celebrate Eric Ineke’s 65th Birthday Anniversary.
In 2014 they performed with Deborah Brown at the Amersfoort Jazz Festival, which was recorded for Djazz TV, and the Bruxelles Jazz Marathon.
CD recordings by The Eric Ineke JazzXpress: Flames ‘n’ Fire ‘’If you like real Jazz, straight ahead without any gimmicks, this CD is for you’’ - David Liebman For the love of Ivie, a tribute to Ivie Anderson feat. Deborah Brown ‘’Brown proves every inch Reeves’, and Anderson’s equal’’ - Christopher Loudon, JazzTimes Xpressions in Time ‘’A tour de force on a high level’’ – Angelique van Os, Jazzmagazine ***** Jazz XL - Blues, Ballads and Other Bright Moments "Most impressive throughout this set is that the soloists (all of whom are excellent) avoid sounding like any of their historical predecessors, and the band has a strong team spirit." Scott Yanow
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Rik Mol (trumpet)

Music’s been Rik Mol’s thing the whole way since starting playing trumpet when he was 8. If Zeeland, the Netherlands native Rik Mol had his way, he would be a Restaurant-chef today. But luckily fate brought him to the trumpet. “I remember that I was really curious to know what was in a blue suitcase that was standing in my dads office.” “Finally he let me look inside, and a silver shining instrument was in it; the trumpet.” “I tried it and immediately I was able to play a note. It surprised us both I remember” From that day playing the trumpet became far more interesting than his dream of having his own restaurant. Already after one year of practicing...
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Music’s been Rik Mol’s thing the whole way since starting playing trumpet when he was 8. If Zeeland, the Netherlands native Rik Mol had his way, he would be a Restaurant-chef today. But luckily fate brought him to the trumpet. “I remember that I was really curious to know what was in a blue suitcase that was standing in my dads office.” “Finally he let me look inside, and a silver shining instrument was in it; the trumpet.” “I tried it and immediately I was able to play a note. It surprised us both I remember” From that day playing the trumpet became far more interesting than his dream of having his own restaurant. Already after one year of practicing he was admitted to the special preparatory-department for young talented children at the Conservatory of The Hague. Rik was classically trained there by studying with teachers such as Huug Steketee and took private lessons with Theo Mertens and Maurice André.
In his early teens being still in high school classical music upbringing almost took a back seat as he became more enamored with jazz/pop and was inspired by private-lessons with Wynton Marsalis. But he developed quickly, playing both jazz, pop and classical music locally. He spent most of his high-school days playing up to five nights a week at jazz clubs and occasional concerts, giving him an early start to his professional career.
Nowadays Rik developed himself into one of the most promising European trumpeters of this time: Only 22 years old, Rik Mol has the world at his feet.
At his young age he has been able to win a lot of first prizes that can be won at his field, among others:European Trumpet Contest / Yamaha Soloist Award / Prinses Christina Concours / Finalist Deloitte Jazz AwardBesides playing with all main figures in the scene like, Candy Dulfer, New Cool Collective, Trijntje Oosterhuis, DJ Maestro, Metropole Orchestra, Bløf, DJ Bryan S, Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, Cubop City BigBand etc. And travelling backwards and forwards to Berlin, New York and London for sessions with Gerard Presencer and Till Brönner, or touring with “Europe’s Finest in latin jazz” Nueva Manteca, he has been able to surround himself in his group with Holland’s leading jazz and pop musicians.

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Rob van Bavel (piano)

Graduated in 1987 at the Rotterdam Conservatory with the highest possible mark (A with distinction). He won several awards, a.o. the second prize at the first 'Thelonious Monk Jazzpiano Competition' (Washington D.C.), soloist awards in Germany/Belgium, the Wessel Ilcken Award (Holland) and the Dutch Grammy (Edison) for the cd 'Rob van Bavel trio'. He made many cd's as a sideman and as leader: Rob van Bavel Octet and Rob van Bavel Trio. Some cd's released by RVB Productions, a.o. 'Duo Rob van Bavel/Marc van Rooij LIVE'. Nowadays working as a teacher at the Rotterdam Conservatory (Codarts) and the Amsterdam Conservatory (Conservatorium van Amsterdam). Of course also performing (inter-)nationally with several groups, such as The Ghost, The King And I. Van Bavel played...
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Graduated in 1987 at the Rotterdam Conservatory with the highest possible mark (A with distinction). He won several awards, a.o. the second prize at the first "Thelonious Monk Jazzpiano Competition" (Washington D.C.), soloist awards in Germany/Belgium, the Wessel Ilcken Award (Holland) and the Dutch Grammy (Edison) for the cd "Rob van Bavel trio".
He made many cd's as a sideman and as leader: Rob van Bavel Octet and Rob van Bavel Trio. Some cd's released by RVB Productions, a.o. "Duo Rob van Bavel/Marc van Rooij LIVE".
Nowadays working as a teacher at the Rotterdam Conservatory (Codarts) and the Amsterdam Conservatory (Conservatorium van Amsterdam). Of course also performing (inter-)nationally with several groups, such as The Ghost, The King And I. Van Bavel played with Woody Shaw, Randy Brecker, Slide Hampton, Johnny Griffin, Bob Mintzer, Wynton Marsalis, Gary Willis a.o.

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Marius Beets (bass)

Playing music became a pure necessity for Marius at the age of ten. At that time his musical career started with playing the bass in various local pop- and rock bands. At home Marius came in touch with jazz music. His father had a big collection of the best jazz records and his younger brother Peter developed himself as a true jazz freak. Marius’ continued to explore these jazz influences and started studying double bass at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. From that moment on his career set off with great force. Marius became part of young jazz bands such as the Houdini’s, the Hoogendijk/Van den Dungen quintet and the Beets Brothers. With these bands Marius performed on the most important jazz venues in the...
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Playing music became a pure necessity for Marius at the age of ten. At that time his musical career started with playing the bass in various local pop- and rock bands.

At home Marius came in touch with jazz music. His father had a big collection of the best jazz records and his younger brother Peter developed himself as a true jazz freak. Marius’ continued to explore these jazz influences and started studying double bass at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.

From that moment on his career set off with great force. Marius became part of young jazz bands such as the Houdini’s, the Hoogendijk/Van den Dungen quintet and the Beets Brothers. With these bands Marius performed on the most important jazz venues in the Netherlands and toured in the United States of America, Australia, Thailand and Russia.

Beets struck the attention of, and got much loved by, established Dutch jazz artists such as Rita Reys, Rein de Graaff en Piet Noordijk. The strong beat and forward motion in his playing fits seamlessly with the sound of the esteemed older jazz generation.

In 1999 Marius gave a new boost to the Rein de Graaff trio and set for several European tours with jazz legends as Johhny Griffin, James Moody, Bud Shank, Gary Bartz and Ronnie Cuber.

Marius has an impressive discography with over a hundred recordings. Featured artists are a.o.: Herb Geller, Jeff Hamilton, Deborah Brown, Rita Reys, Trijntje Oosterhuis, Peter Beets, Houston Person, Ronnie Cuber and Dave Liebman.

Beets is a well know guest at large Dutch orchestras such as the Metropole Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Schoenberg Ensemble, Skymasters and the Jazzorchestra of the Concertgebouw.


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Eric Ineke (drums)

Eric Ineke ( b. April 1(!), 1947), mostly self-taught, began playing gigs in late 1964 with people like Ferdinand Povel, Rob Madna, Piet Noordijk, Wim Overgaauw and Frans Elsen. From 1971 until 1989 he was a member of the now legendary Rein de Graaff/Dick Vennik Quartet. He toured through Europe accompanying a lot of visiting American and European musicians, such as: Dexter Gordon, Johnny Griffin, Don Byas, George Coleman, Al Cohn, Lee Konitz, Dizzy Gillespie, Charles McPherson, Dave Pike, Doug Raney, Frank Foster, Frank Wess, Curtis Fuller, Bud Shank, David Liebman and played on numerous Jazz festivals in Europe and the USA. He was the drummer behind  Jimmy Raney on almost all of his European tours. Since 1984 Eric Ineke is...
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Eric Ineke ( b. April 1(!), 1947), mostly self-taught, began playing gigs in late 1964 with people like Ferdinand Povel, Rob Madna, Piet Noordijk, Wim Overgaauw and Frans Elsen. From 1971 until 1989 he was a member of the now legendary Rein de Graaff/Dick Vennik Quartet. He toured through Europe accompanying a lot of visiting American and European musicians, such as: Dexter Gordon, Johnny Griffin, Don Byas, George Coleman, Al Cohn, Lee Konitz, Dizzy Gillespie, Charles McPherson, Dave Pike, Doug Raney, Frank Foster, Frank Wess, Curtis Fuller, Bud Shank, David Liebman and played on numerous Jazz festivals in Europe and the USA. He was the drummer behind Jimmy Raney on almost all of his European tours.
Since 1984 Eric Ineke is member of the Dutch Jazz Orchestra that went to the USA in 1995 to play a concert for the Duke Ellington-conference in Pittsburgh and also recorded the Music of Billy Strayhorn (CHR70089/92). In 1990 he started as a teacher at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. In 1999 he formed the Wolfert Brederode/Eric Ineke Quintet and recorded the CD's "Trinity" and "Pictures of You" (A-records). With David Liebmann and Marius Beets he recorded “Lieb Plays Wilder” (DBCHR75214).
In 2006, Eric Ineke’s JazzXpress came about. “While driving to a gig with David Liebman in Antwerp, Belgium, Dave said it was about time I started my own hardbop group. ‘You should do this, and ask some good youngsters.’ That night, Marius Beets was on bass and tenor saxophonist Sjoerd Dijkhuizen came by. Marius said: ‘This is what we’ve been waiting for!’ Sjoerd immediately asked if he could be part of it. Of course he could!” For the piano chair Eric asked Rob van Bavel, with whom he had developed ‘a great rhythmic rapport’ after they both had been part of the Piet Noordijk Quartet and the high-energy Jarmo Hoogendijk/Ben van den Dungen Quintet. Young trumpet sensation Rik Mol – just 22 while I’m writing this - was recommended by his former teacher Jarmo Hoogendijk, who had to retire from stage because of a lip injury.
The band’s name was made up by Eric’s fellow musicians. “They decided that my name should be part of it, and they invented the word Xpress, with the capital X. It looks good on jazz club and festival posters.”
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Sjoerd Dijkhuizen (saxophone)

Composer(s)

Dexter Gordon

Dexter Gordon is considered to be the first musician to translate the language of Bebop to the tenor saxophone. Dexter Keith Gordon was born on February 27, 1923 in Los Angeles, California. His father, Dr. Frank Gordon, was one of the first African American doctors in Los Angeles who arrived in 1918 after graduating from Howard Medical School in Washington, D.C. Among his patients were Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton. Dexter’s mother, Gwendolyn Baker, was the daughter of Captain Edward Baker, one of the five African American Medal of Honor recipients in the Spanish-American War. Dexter began his study of music with the clarinet at age 13, then switched to the alto saxophone at 15, and finally to the tenor saxophone at 17. He studied music...
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Dexter Gordon is considered to be the first musician to translate the language of Bebop to the tenor saxophone.

Dexter Keith Gordon was born on February 27, 1923 in Los Angeles, California. His father, Dr. Frank Gordon, was one of the first African American doctors in Los Angeles who arrived in 1918 after graduating from Howard Medical School in Washington, D.C. Among his patients were Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton. Dexter’s mother, Gwendolyn Baker, was the daughter of Captain Edward Baker, one of the five African American Medal of Honor recipients in the Spanish-American War.

Dexter began his study of music with the clarinet at age 13, then switched to the alto saxophone at 15, and finally to the tenor saxophone at 17. He studied music with Lloyd Reese and at Jefferson High School with Sam Browne. In his last year of high school, he received a call from alto saxophonist Marshall Royal asking him to join the Lionel Hampton Band. He left Los Angeles with the band, traveling down south and learning to play from fellow band members Illinois Jacquet and Joe Newman. In January 1941, the band played at the Grand Terrace in Chicago for six months and the radio broadcasts made there were Dexter’s first recordings.

It was in 1943, while in New York City with the Hampton band, that Dexter sat in at Minton’s Playhouse with Ben Webster and Lester Young. This was to be one of the most important moments in his long musical career as, as he put it, “people started to take notice.”

Back in Los Angeles in 1943, Dexter played mainly with Lee Young (Lester Young’s brother) and with Jesse Price plus a few weeks with the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra. In 1944, he worked with Louis Armstrong ‘s orchestra which was one of the highlights of his careers. Being in the company of the great trumpet master was inspiring and gave him insight into the world of music that he never forgot. It was during this period that Gordon made his first lengthy solo recordings as the leader of a quintet session with Nat “King” Cole as a sideman.

In 1944, Dexter joined the Billy Eckstine band, the source of many of the Bebop innovators of the time and many of the most prominent bandleaders in the future. He was surrounded nightly by Sarah Vaughan, Dizzy Gillespie, Fats Navarro, Sonny Stitt, Gene Ammons, Leo Parker, John Malachi, and other architects of the new music.

Dexter began to record for Savoy Records in 1945 with tunes such as Blow Mr. Dexter, Dexter’s Deck, Dexter’s Cuttin’ Out, Long Tall Dexter (none of which were named by the composer). These early recordings are examples of the development of his sound and his style which influenced many of the younger tenor players of that day, including Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane.

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In 1947, Dexter recorded his historic sides for Dial Records, including “The Chase” with tenor saxophonist Wardell Gray. The two tenor “duels” became very popular at this time and Dexter commented that despite the differences in style, it was sometimes hard for him to tell where one left off and the other began. This recording was to become the biggest seller for Dial and further established Dexter as a leader and a recording artist.

In the late 40s, Dexter appeared on the famed 52nd Street in New York City with Charlie Parker, Fats Navarro, Miles Davis, Max Roach, and many of the bebop innovators of the day. The classic photo of Dexter at the Royal Roost in 1948 has become the iconic photo of the bebop musician and has been reprinted on album covers, t-shirts, posters, and print ads.

In 1960, Dexter was approached by Alfred Lion to sign with Blue Note Records. For five years, he made on session after another, and they are all considered classics. When asked which of all his recordings was his favorite, Dexter said: “I would have to say it is Go! The perfect rhythm section which made is possible for me to play whatever I wanted to play.”

The Blue Note recordings allowed him the opportunity to record with Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Hutcherson, Barry Harris, Kenny Drew, Horace Parlan, Bud Powell, and Billy Higgins. The Blue Note recordings are still available and are considered jazz classics.

A gig in 1962 at Ronnie Scott’s Club in London was a new experience for Dexter and he began to travel and work in Europe. Eventually, he settled in Copenhagen where he lived until his return to the U.S. in 1976. During that period in Europe, he traveled extensively, worked for long periods at the historic Jazzhus Montmartre and recorded for European labels as well as Prestige Records.

In 1976, Dexter enjoyed a hero’s welcome in the U.S. when he made his return engagement at Storyville in New York City with Woody Shaw, Louis Hayes, Ronnie Mathews, and Stafford James. He subsequently played the Village Vanguard, signed with Columbia Records, and was officially back in town. He organized his first working band during this period with George Cables, Rufus Reid, and Eddie Gladden. He considered this band to be his best band and he toured extensively with them and recorded Live at the Keystone (Mosaic) and Manhattan Symphonie (CBS Sony) with the group.

In 1986, Dexter moved into his new career, acting, in the motion picture Round Midnight which was directed by Bertrand Tavernier. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Leading Actor in 1986 for his portrayal of Dale Turner, a character based on the lives of Lester Young and Bud Powell. The music for the film won an Oscar for musical director, Herbie Hancock. The film included fellow musicians Bobby Hutcherson, Billy Higgins, Cedar Walton, Freddie Hubbard, Tony Williams, Pierre Michelot, John McLaughlin, and Wayne Shorter.

Dexter Gordon’s last major concert appearance was with the New York Philharmonic in Ellingtones, a concerto written for him by acclaimed composer David Baker and conducted by James de Priest.

Dexter died on April 25, 1990 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


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Press

The Gordon legacy, of course, consists of umpteen performances by the great man, but this evocation of his writing, and with vigorous interpretations to match, is a contemporary reminder of his significance as a jazz force that continues to have relevance and exert lasting influence.
Jazz Journal, 09-1-2017

''The result is phenomenal.''
Slagwerkkrant, 01-1-2017

''You could say, jazz from the time of jazz.''
Jazzism, 01-12-2016

''This tribute album shows a number of Dexter's biggest works.''
Music Emotion, 01-12-2016

''Fine bebop from this ensemble wich are all Dutch top players.''
Doctor Jazz Magazine, 01-12-2016

"The Eric Ineke JazzXpress is a sparkling ensemble that brings old happiness into the Dutch jazz and that brings the music of the great masters alive.''
Jazzenzo, 31-10-2016

Swinging and bursting and thereby forgetting about the daily rush.
Jazzflits, 17-10-2016

"Imagine my delight, then, when drummer Eric Ineke contacted me from his base in The Netherlands to share with me that his working group - The JazzXpress - had just released a new CD featuring ten original compositions by none other than Dexter Gordon!!"
JazzProfiles, 17-10-2016

Jazzhalo / 11-10-2016
Jazzhalo, 11-10-2016

"Eric Ineke Jazz Xpress takes us right back to the sparkling sound of Dexter in the idiom of contemporary jazz."
JazzTimes, 29-9-2016

The Eric Ineke JazzXpress takes us right back to the sparkling sound of Dexter in the idiom of contemporary jazz. Dexternity proves to be an inimitable tribute to this tenor giant by one of his finest companions.
jazznu, 19-9-2016

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