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The Flying Dutchman

Peter Beets & The Henk Meutgeert New Jazz Orchestra

The Flying Dutchman

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Magic Ball Jazz Records
UPC: 0608917461121
Catnr: MBJ 74611
Release date: 10 January 2020
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Label
Magic Ball Jazz Records
UPC
0608917461121
Catalogue number
MBJ 74611
Release date
10 January 2020

"Adventurous repertoire"

Jazzbullitin, 28-2-2020
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About the album

Supporting or disordering, emphatic or contemplative, world class pianist Peter Beets faces this brand new jazz orchestra with 18 young musicians. Jazzmaestro Henk Meutgeert composes new music and directs this bunch of up-and-coming young talents.

Henk Meutgeert is known as a dynamic band leader and energetic arranger. Peter Beets is an acclaimed pianist who "takes" an entire orchestra with his refined swing. By leaving a lot of room for personal interpretation of the musicians themselves, while still keeping a tight grip on them, the maximum is achieved from both the musicians and the listener. Experiment and improvisation go hand in hand with razor-sharp swing and jazz tradition.

The repertoire on this album summarizes what the orchestra has in store for the future with works by composers such as Wagner, Chopin, Piazolla, Jobim and Ellington. These works have been arranged by Henk Meutgeert and are supplemented with new work by both Henk and Peter, with the emphasis on the essence of jazz: swing and improvisation.

Ondersteunend of ontregelend, nadrukkelijk aanwezig of meer beschouwend, wereldpianist Peter Beets gaat de confrontatie aan met de nieuwe 18-koppige bigband van jazzmaestro Henk Meutgeert, die nieuwe muziek schrijft en leiding geeft aan deze bonte verzameling aanstormende talenten.

Henk Meutgeert staat bekend als een dynamische bandleider en energieke arrangeur. Peter Beets is een gelauwerd pianist die met zijn geraffineerde swing een heel orkest ‘meeneemt’. Door veel ruimte te laten voor persoonlijke invulling van de muzikanten zelf, maar toch de teugels strak in handen te houden wordt het maximale uit het moment gehaald bij zowel de musici als de luisteraar. Experiment en improvisatie gaan hand in hand met messcherpe swing en jazztraditie.

Het repertoire op dit album vat samen wat het orkest voor de toekomst in petto heeft met werken van componisten als Wagner, Chopin, Piazolla, Jobim en Ellington. Deze werken zijn gearrangeerd door Henk Meutgeert en worden aangevuld met nieuw werk van zowel Henk als Peter, waarbij het accent ligt op de essentie van de jazz: swing en improvisatie.

Der Weltklasse-Pianist Peter Beets steht diesem brandneuen Jazzorchester mit 18 jungen Musikern mit Unterstützung oder Unordnung, emphatisch oder kontemplativ gegenüber. Jazzmaestro Henk Meutgeert komponiert neue Musik und leitet diesen Nachwuchskreis.

Henk Meutgeert ist bekannt als dynamischer Bandleader und energischer Arrangeur. Peter Beets ist ein renommierter Pianist, der mit seinem raffinierten Schwung ein ganzes Orchester "nimmt". Indem man viel Raum für die persönliche Interpretation der Musiker selbst lässt und gleichzeitig den Überblick behält, wird das Maximum sowohl für die Musiker als auch für den Hörer erreicht. Experiment und Improvisation gehen Hand in Hand mit rasiermesserscharfer Swing- und Jazztradition.

Das Repertoire auf diesem Album fasst zusammen, was das Orchester für die Zukunft erwartet, mit Werken von Komponisten wie Wagner, Chopin, Piazolla, Jobim und Ellington. Diese Werke wurden von Henk Meutgeert arrangiert und werden durch neue Arbeiten von Henk und Peter ergänzt, wobei der Schwerpunkt auf der Essenz des Jazz liegt: Swing und Improvisation.

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Peter Beets (piano)

Peter Beets has shared the stage with jazz greats like Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, Dee Dee Bridgewater, George Coleman, Johnny Griffin, Chris Potter and John Clayton. He recorded with Jeff Hamilton and Curtis Fuller and in 2001 his recording 'New York Trio' was released, which brought him international acclaim. Peter Beets was born on the 12th of June, 1971 in the Hague. From birth he was surrounded by music: classical from his mother who is a music pedagogue, and jazz from his father who is a gynaecologist with a great love of Oscar Peterson and Art Blakey. This musical family, which includes two older brothers, Marius and Alexander, moved in 1972 to Groenlo, where Peter received his first piano lessons at...
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Peter Beets has shared the stage with jazz greats like Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, Dee Dee Bridgewater, George Coleman, Johnny Griffin, Chris Potter and John Clayton. He recorded with Jeff Hamilton and Curtis Fuller and in 2001 his recording "New York Trio" was released, which brought him international acclaim. Peter Beets was born on the 12th of June, 1971 in the Hague.
From birth he was surrounded by music: classical from his mother who is a music pedagogue, and jazz from his father who is a gynaecologist with a great love of Oscar Peterson and Art Blakey. This musical family, which includes two older brothers, Marius and Alexander, moved in 1972 to Groenlo, where Peter received his first piano lessons at the age of six. Although originally both parents did not associate the word "musician" with the word "career", music is definitely in the family's blood. Both Marius (1966) and Alexander (1968) become professionals on string bass and tenor saxophone, respectively. After college, Peter studied from 1989 at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. He combined his music studies with law school, but the jazz virus matured and he decided to concentrate exclusively on music.
From 1985 the brothers performed together as “The Beets Brothers”. In 1988 Peter won the prestigious Pall Mall Swing Award and a year later the Princess Christina Award. After this point, Peter's career began to rise rapidly. In 1990 the first recording of The Beets Brothers appeared, followed by two more, School is Closed Now (1993) and Brotherwise (1995). In 1996, Peter recorded a remarkable trio album called “First Date”, with drummer Jeff Hamilton, the driving force behind Monty Alexander and Oscar Peterson. Peter became a much wanted pianist both inside and outside the Netherlands, and accompanied, among others, Deborah Brown, Dee Daniels and Holland's "First Lady of Jazz", Rita Reys. In 1998 he finished his conservatory studies, and won the Parisian Prix Martial Solal. He also became the regular pianist of “The Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw”. With trombone and jazz legend Curtis Fuller, Peter made a live recording in 1999 and won in that same year yet another prize, the Concours de Solistes de Jazz in Monaco.
More recordings follow: in 2000 “Powerhouse”, in 2001 “All Or Nothing At All” In 2001 he recorded the CD “New York Trio”, with the rhythm tandem Rodney Whitaker and Willie Jones III, the first CD of Peter Beets recorded on the Criss Cross label. After the sequel, “New York Trio Page Two” recorded with the world-famous Larry Grenadier on bas he made a third CD for the label Criss Cross. This time with Reginald Veal on bass and drummer Herlin Riley, known from the group around Wynton Marsalis. In October 2007 his most recent CD appears on the renowned label. This time he chooses to perform without drums, but with the strength of piano, guitar and bass. The CD, called “New Groove”, is recorded in New York featuring Joe Cohn (guitar) and Reuben Rogers (bass). A few songs are recorded with a dutch cast, Martijn van Iterson (guitar) and Ruud Jacobs (bass).
Peter has had very successful tours with his trio in several countries in Europe such as Germany, Switzerland, Finland and Poland as well as in Japan and the US. He played at the famous Birdland Club in New York as a “special guest” for one week.

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