The Visual Sound - Sound Liaison Jazz Music Sampler (2019)

Lennon, McCartney, Harris, Williams, Thorme, Brubeck, Withers, Calhoun, Gershwin, HEYWARD, lemarchand

Various Artists

DSD 512 Exclusive

The Visual Sound - The Sound Liaison Jazz Sampler features tracks from 10 of the label's top Jazz recordings, made live with a studio audience.  All 10 albums are also available at the NativeDSD Music store and are recommended if you want to take your DSD or DXD Jazz collection to the next level.

With our new sampler recording engineer Frans de Rond is proving once again that his knowledge of microphone placement and use of equipment is in a class of his own. He is able to create a sound stage, that projects an almost visual image of the musicians.  A sound stage that is intimate but also has depth and space. The sound on the recordings presented here is like a three dimensional Van Gogh painting, where you can step in and take a look around.

All the albums were recorded in the legendary MCO Studio 2 in the building of the Dutch BroadCasting company. The studio has a deep warm sound with a beautiful natural decay, perfect for chamber music and jazz ensembles. MCO Studio 2 has remained in its original form since it was built in 1929.

Together with Abbey Road, it is one of the oldest recording studios in the world.

-- Sound Liaison

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Carmen Gomes Inc.

Carmen Gomes Inc. is a Soul-Jazz band with a Bluesy touch.  Their music revolves around four musicians who seek a perfect blend of individual expression and harmonious interplay. Music that is made by four people who understand that in the end only one is the boss. And that's the song.

In 2006, the group reinvented itself with the arrival of guitarist Folker Tettero. His bluesy sound provides just the bit of weight Gomes needs to be able to lean on his chords and riffs. That gives bassist Peter Bjørnild and drummer Bert Kamsteeg in turn more freedom, so they challenge Gomes musically to go to the limit. And you notice that. Her voice, trained at the conservatory, can groan, growl and play. She makes her songs personal and sincere, but at the same time challenging and compelling, full of passion and energy.

A performance by Carmen Gomes Inc. is an exploration in music. Because the members of the quartet know better than anyone that no two versions of a song can ever be the same and because it might be just that exploration. Whether they play jazz, blues, soulful or with funk influences, the foursome discovered a long time ago that these small variations ensure that music never gets bored and that every night it is a challenge to play.

photo: from artist's website

Juraj Stanik

Juraj Stanik is inspired by the jazz tradition as a whole. Sometimes one can hear subtle reminiscences of Chopin, Debussy, Bartok and Messiaen in his compositions.

He performs world wide with his own trio, and in duo setting with legendary flugelhorn player Ack van Rooyen. Juraj is teaching jazz piano at the Royal Conservatoire the Hague the Netherlands.

photo: from website label Sound Liaison (album SL1034A)

Simon Rigter Quintet

Simon Rigter was born in Leiden on September 20, 1973. As the son of saxophonist Bob Rigter, he grew up in a musical environment. At the age of ten Simon received classical flute lessons and at the age of twelve he started the saxophone. 

From 1989 to 1996 Simon studied at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, where he was taught by the well-known saxophonist / clarinettist John Ruocco. Afterwards he studied at the Hilversum conservatory at Ferdinand Povel. In 1997 Simon graduated from the Hilversum conservatory.

Simon has recorded albums with The Dutch Jazz Orchestra, The Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, The Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra, The Reeds, Curtis Fuller, Slide Hampton, John Marshall, Cees Slinger, Victor Kaihatu, Peter Beets, Ruud Breuls, Erik Doelman, and many others. 

Simon performed with George Coleman, Joe Cohn, Jim Rotondi, Nancy Marano, Alvin Queen, Ferdinand Povel, Ruud Jacobs, Pim Jacobs, Frans Elsen, Rob van Kreefelt, Peter Beets, Marco Kegel and many others. 

Simon toured China, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, India, Israel, Jamaica and Japan.

Simon is a regular member of The Dutch Jazz Orchestra, The Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, The Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra, The Reeds, Saxology, The Storyville Project, The New Quartet, The Ruud Breuls / Simon Rigter Quintet, Equinox, The Erik Goalkeeper Quartet , Bop2B. 

Simon teaches at the Codarts institute in Rotterdam and at the Conservatory in Amsterdam.

photo: from Artist's website 'about' page


The Feenbrothers Jazz ensemble features "four brothers with one sound."  They started as a family band but were soon in great demand individually, called upon by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, The Metropole Orchestra, Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, Toots Thielemans, Han Bennink, Caro Emerald... The list of artists that have benefitted from their superb musicianship is a long one.

Paul van der Feen - Saxophone
Mark van der Feen - Piano
Clemens van der Feen - Double Bass
Matthijs van der Feen - Drums

photo: from Sound Liaison

Paul Berner Band

Born in California, Paul Berner spent his youth in a small town on the Great Plains. There he started playing guitar at age 13 and was soon playing in a local rock band. The double bass followed a couple years later, coinciding with his developing interest in jazz. At 18, after 3 years, but only a few lessons, on bass, he passed the audition for entrance to the University of Iowa School of Music. Intent on developing his technique and his musical horizons, he chose to study classical bass playing, though he always was involved with jazz music outside of school. After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance, Paul moved to Bloomington, Indiana for post-graduate studies at the Indiana University School of Music, also in classical bass. Here he came in contact with musicians such as Peter Erskine, Kenny Aronoff, Todd Coolman, Jim Beard, and John Clayton. After completing his Master’s at Indiana and working regularly with classical orchestras in Iowa and Indiana, Paul made the decision to concentrate full-time on jazz. After a year of woodshedding, he moved in 1979 to New York City and within a few months became a member of the Red Rodney Quintet, recording with him live at the Village Vanguard in 1980. Later that year he was asked to join the Lionel Hampton Orchestra. During his tenure with Hamp Paul shared the bus with legendary drummer Frank Dunlap, and also with Curtis Fuller, Arnett Cobb, and Benny Bailey. He played concerts all over the world, including at the White House, and accompanied Stan Getz, Freddie Hubbard, Pearl Bailey, and many others. In 1981 Paul came in contact with Monty Alexander, who subsequently asked him to work with him. Paul left the Hampton organization and joined Monty’s trio, going on the road with him until 1983. In Monty's band were, at different times, Robert Thomas Jr., Emily Remler, and Duffy Jackson. The trio also performed several times as the back-up band for Milt Jackson. As great as it was to be working with many of his musical heroes, Paul decided in 1983 to come off the road and to begin working on his own music. However, following his own muse soon led him in the direction of pop and rock music and song writing. In the years between 1984 and 1989 he was involved with several original pop music projects in NYC as a writer, but also as guitarist and bass guitarist. During this time he also did short return stints with both Lionel Hampton and Monty Alexander and worked as well with Mel Lewis, Bob Berg, Kenny Werner and Art Farmer, among many others. In 1990 Paul made a “quality of life” decision and moved his base of operations to Amsterdam in the Netherlands. To paraphrase Bill Frisell, he wanted a house with a room where he could just sit and think! After arriving in the Netherlands he soon found his talents much in demand, and consequently he has worked with many well-known Dutch and Belgian artists such as Cees Slinger, Toon Roos, Toots Thielemans, Dré Pallemaerts, Jesse van Ruller, Cor Bakker, Frits Landesbergen, and Laura Fygi. In addition international artists such as Shirley Bassey, George Coleman, Michael Moore and, again, Monty Alexander call upon his bass playing.

photo: from artist's website

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The Visual Sound - Sound Liaison Jazz Music Sampler (2019)

Lennon, McCartney, Harris, Williams, Thorme, Brubeck, Withers, Calhoun, Gershwin, HEYWARD, lemarchand

Various Artists

Digital Converters: Horus, Merging Technologies
Editing Software: Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Mastering Engineer: Frans de Rond (DXD), Tom Caulfield at NativeDSD Mastering Lab (DSD 512, DSD 256, DSD 128, DSD 64)
Microphone Preamp: Horus, Merging Technologies
Notes: Stereo DSD editions of the album (up to DSD 512) were created from the Stereo DXD master by Tom Caulfield at the NativeDSD Mastering Lab using the Merging Technologies "MICO" modulators (DSD 256, DSD 128, DSD 64) and the Signalyst HQ Player 4 Professional "EC" modulators (DSD 512) for your musical enjoyment.
Piano Tuning: Naomi van Schoot
Producer: Peter Bjørnild
Recording Engineer: Frans de Rond
Recording Location: MCO Studio 2, Hilversum the Netherlands
Recording Software: Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD

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