Was there anything left to be added to the score, could trumpeter Eric Vloeimans (Huizen, 1963) still tick off another musical goal anywhere?
Hadn’t he achieved everything he could during an almost incredible career in Dutch and international jazz, a life in music that had already
brought him armfuls of awards, including – to mention just a few – a North Sea Jazz Bird Award, and the prestigious Boy Edgar Prize?
Let’s picture Vloeimans for a moment, struggling with the aforementioned questions, a faraway look in his eyes. Yes, there was still a glimmer on the horizon, something grand, majestic and intangible, a musical piece as proof of mastery.
And now, on this album, we can immerse ourselves in the result of these musings: his very own trumpet concerto, entitled Evensong, which Vloeimans wrote with the composer, arranger and pianist he admires, Martin Fondse. A piece, magnificently performed by the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, that we can regard without hesitation as a new monument in the trumpeter’s already huge and unfettered oeuvre.
For how numerous are the guises in which we encountered Eric Vloeimans in the past decades? That of inspired leader of the ‘chamber jazz trio’ Fugimundi, with which Vloeimans provides jazz for the intimacy of the living room. That of frenzied trumpeter in the electric band Gatecrash, a combo that seeks the excitement and dynamics of the jazz as well as pop venues.