Up Close (1998)

Young, ARLEN, Morisette, Overwater, Haggard, Murray, Drake, Burrell

Tony Overwater, Yuri Honing, Maarten Ornstein

Up Close was the first release from Turtle Records.  It features three well-known European Jazz musicians - Tony Overwater on Bass, Yuri Honing on Tenor Sac, and Maarten Ornstein on Bass Clarinet and Tenor Sax.

Tony Overwater is an award-winning bass player whose sound and unique way of playing have established him as a key player in the European music world. He is a remarkable solo performer and leader of his own projects but also a collaborative and attentive sideman. “Up Close” was recorded in the Mennonite Church in Amsterdam, which means that the recording ‘breathes’ and Overwater’s bass sounds closer than ever. This album also features Yuri Honing & Maarten Ornstein.

The audiophile perfectionism would be wasted effort if the music was mediocre, but Overwater plays with surrender and subtlety. And he knows a standard like `When I fall in love ‘to build into a solo piece with a tension that is many times longer than that of the original. For eight of the ten songs on Up Close, Overwater invited the horny windsmen Maarten Ornstein (SFEQ) and Yuri Honing (Yuri Honing Trio) for a duet. It concerns two very different musicians and that is best illustrated by the two versions of `Somewhere over the rainbow ‘, which Overwater recorded with both of them separately. The `seeker ‘Honey experiments with sound, tone, and tempi; Ornstein’s style is much more lyrical and in his `conversations’ with Overwater an almost naturally harmonious balance is created.

Up Close is a Stereo DSD 64 recording that was originally available on Stereo CD.  The CD edition of the album is no longer in print.  But listeners can enjoy it today in its original Stereo DSD 64 resolution from NativeDSD.

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Tony Overwater

Tony Overwater is an award winning bass player whose sound and unique way of playing have established him as a key player in the European Jazz world. He is a remarkable solo performer and leader of his own projects but also a collaborative and attentive sideman. Tony plays a wide variety of musical styles, and is particularly known for his pioneering work with Arab music with Rima Khcheich. Besides composing for the bands he leads and works with, Tony writes for modern dance, documentaries, movies and children's music.

In 1989,Tony graduated cum laude from the Royal Conservatory of the Hague and received the Podium Prize for most promising Dutch Jazz Musician. This year also saw him invited to tour and record with Sunny and David Murray. Shortly after this, he joined the Yuri Honing Trio which, over the years, has established itself as one of Holland’s leading groups touring regularly in Europe, Asia, South America and the Middle East. His own band, The Tony Overwater Trio, received an Edison for Best Dutch Recording of 2001 for their CD ‘OP’ and his first children’s album, ‘Kikker Swingt!’, went Gold in 2008. His trio performed with Calefax Reed Quintet on the Ellington Suites. Tony is musical director of the group of Rima Khcheich in Lebanon. Throughout his career, Tony has worked with a variety of acclaimed musicians; David Liebman,Ack van Rooyen, Misha Mengelberg, Paolo Fresu, Sylvie Courvoisier, Gilbert Paeffgen, Dave Burrell . He continues to collaborate as both leader and sideman with many other musicians including Jess Abrams, Karin Hammar, Marc van Roon and Lotte van Dijck.

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Up Close (1998)

Young, ARLEN, Morisette, Overwater, Haggard, Murray, Drake, Burrell

Tony Overwater, Yuri Honing, Maarten Ornstein

    Avalon Acoustics

Solo bass players have nowhere to hide; the connections are all direct - with the instrument - the musical idea - the listener, while the dialogue between bass clarinet, tenor sax, and bass expands the range of possibilities into an intricate dance. Still, the immediacy of the performance must be mirrored by the recording technique - pure, articulate - with startling dynamic impact.

Neil Patel

Up Close (1998)

Young, ARLEN, Morisette, Overwater, Haggard, Murray, Drake, Burrell

Tony Overwater, Yuri Honing, Maarten Ornstein

Cables: MIT with MIT stabilizers
Digital Converters: dCS
Microphones: Sonodore RCM 402
Mixing Board: Rens Heijnis custom built
Producer: Harry van Dalen
Recording Engineer: Bert van der Wolf
Recording location: Doopsgezinde Kerk, Amsterdam
Recording Software: Augan OMX 24
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64
Speakers: Avalon Arcus

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Tracks.
1.
When I Fall In Love
Young
00:04:08   N/A
2.
Somewhere Over The Rainbow
ARLEN
00:06:37   N/A
3.
Ironic
Morisette
00:05:04   N/A
4.
Pour un enfant terrible (For A Terrible Child)
Overwater
00:03:56   N/A
5.
What's New
Haggard
00:06:05   N/A
6.
Angel Voice
Murray
00:03:37   N/A
7.
It Was A Very Good Year
Drake
00:05:21   N/A
8.
Teardrops For Jimmy
Burrell
00:05:35   N/A
9.
The Healing Force
Overwater
00:04:49   N/A
10.
Somewhere Over The Rainbow (alternate version)
ARLEN
00:07:04   N/A
11.
Pour un enfant terrible (For A Terrible Child) (alternate version)
Morisette
00:02:07   N/A

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