On The Spot

Calefax

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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

For a classical ensemble, improvisation is by no means an everyday pursuit. Yet during its 28-year history, Calefax Reed Quintet has repeatedly yielded to the temptation of extemporaneous performance. This often took place in the context of a pre-existing form, style or musical convention, and usually to a modest degree, for instance as part of a larger composition.

Calefax, rooted in the eight centuries of music history from which it draws its concert repertoire, is well aware that music, as a rule, is the end result of improvisation and is often notated solely as a favor to the music-reading player. The desire inherent in the group’s past and present goal – to dissect and then reconstruct existing music – has resulted in the countless arrangements the group has performed the world over for nearly three decades.

Each of the members is thus not only a performing but a creative artist as well, qualities that also define an improviser. Calefax underscores the importance of continuously exploring the link between these two styles of music-making. This has led to the music on this album – On the Spot.

A survey of music history shows that composers from distinctly disparate periods and locales had surprisingly similar goals in mind. Arranging music for an essentially fixed instrumentation has more than once brought musical parallels to the fore that otherwise might have gone unnoticed. In doing so, the quintet has created a practice for the playing, playful musician with befriended composers from all places and all times.

Perhaps this is most applicable to the trumpeter Eric Vloeimans. While he is otherwise difficult to categorize, Vloeimans, with his well-nigh vocal playing style, is undoubtedly the ideal person to guide five classical musicians in the world of improvisation. Along the way he also showed a hunger for the wealth of classical music, willingly allowing members of the quintet in turn to lead him, without sacrificing any of his own uniqueness.

Kinan Azmeh and Albert van Veenendaal both composed works especially for the marriage of these two types of musicians. Additionally, Ivar Berix and Raaf Hekkema were given free rein to delve into the extensive oeuvre of Eric Vloeimans.

Tracklist

1.
Almaladdin
07:36
2.
The Third One -Tirza
04:59
3.
Summersault
04:36
4.
Toccata Settima
04:42
5.
Solo Di Tromba nr. 7
01:50
6.
Blue in Green
05:49
7.
Bradshaw
03:22
8.
"Mal de Terre "
09:52
9.
Ensalada
05:38
10.
Wedding
06:30
11.
Chacone
05:25

Total time: 01:00:19

Additional information

Artists

Mastering Engineer

Bert van der Wolf

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Original Recording Format

Cables

Siltech Mono Crystal

Digital Converters

dCS

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Microphones

Sonodore

Mastering Equipment

Avalon Acoustic

Producer

Bert van der Wolf

Recording Engineer

Bert van der Wolf

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

Recording Software

Pyramix

SKU

ZZ76106

Release Date June 6, 2014
SKU ZZ76106

Press reviews

HRAudio.net

As they approach the 30 year-mark as an ensemble, Calefax raise their instruments in celebration of the expressive sound of the reed.

Draai om je oren

Zijn solo is smaakvol, puur en bezwerend.

Vara

Artikel over de uitzending van vroege vogels en een aankondiging voor het nieuwe album

Cultuurgids

Al met al een verrassend album met een jazzy en licht klassiek geluid.

MusicEmotion

De muzikale samenwerking geeft hier vorm aan een niet alledaagse synergie tussen jazz en traditionale thema’s. Fascinerend om naar te luisteren zeker in de mutlichannel vorm

Luister

De als altijd vanzelfsprekende zingende trompet van Vloeimans voegt zich perfect naar de hechte samenklank en virtuositeit van Calefax. Een Cd die in elke noot verteld waar het bij musiceren werkelijk om gaat.

Mania

Op On The Spot is veelzijdigheid een troef waarbij het kwintet en Vloeiman’s elkaar uitdagen en versterken

Jazzflits

Het beste van twee werelden komt samen in elf stukken. ‘ On the spot’ is een prachtige samensmelting van klassieke klanken en stijlvolle improvisaties.

JazzEnzo

De veelzijdigheid van het repertoire van Calefax, plus natuurlijk de bezetting met talloze mogelijkheden, krijgt een enorm verrijkende impuls met de aanwezigheid van Eric Vloeimans.

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