From the very time that he entered the Jazz scene in the early nineties, saxophonist Yuri Honing found new ways to move people with his slightly melancholic sound and crystal clear constructions he used for his improvisations. Since then he has performed and recorded with such Jazz greats as Pat Metheny, Paul Bley, Gary Peacock, and Charlie Haden. His new album Memory Lane is a ballad album that shows Honing’s lyrical side. For this project, he invited some of the finest musicians from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra to create a large ensemble with strings, woodwind, and rhythm section. This DSD recording sounds as if you were there in the studio as it was recorded.
Memory Lane is an unusually pleasant & accessible album containing a selection of beautiful ballad tunes from artists such as Keith Jarrett, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, Pat Metheny, Billy Joel, & Charlie Haden played by a large ensemble of top musicians of both Classical & Jazz backgrounds. This album features Yuri Honing with a Large Ensemble conducted by Henk Meutgeert.
For this album, Yuri Honing recorded compositions that for some reason were important in his teens, hence the title. It's a selection of eight pieces, or in Yuri's words: "The time span of one set'.
"Keith Jarrett is and always has been my 'kitchen sink': after a night's playing, I clear my head with Jarrett. Together with Jack DeJohnette and Gary Peacock, he presented a fresh view of the piano trio and - starting from the Bill Evans tradition they added some things of their own.