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Jazz Flugelhorn recorded by the NativeDSD Team

It all starts in this small town in the south of the Netherlands, when he joins the local brassband playing the flugelhorn at the age of 11. A few years later he gets so excited about Big Band Oss that he switches to trumpet to be able to join them.

In 1980 Angelo moves to Amsterdam to study musicology at the Amsterdam University and trumpet at the Jazz Department of the Amsterdam Sweelinck Conservatory. The extremely vivid and divers Amsterdam music scene is a true walhalla for a young, curious and eager trumpeter. In these roaring 80’s Verploegen plays salsa with Ruben Salas, Evolution 2000, Salsa d’Amsterdam, big band with Maiden Voyage and the Frank Grasso Big Band, gets involved with the theatre (Haagse Comedie, later on with Orkater, ZT Hollandia, de Veenfabriek), plays lead- trumpet in the musical Cats and gets acquainted with the improv scene, working with Jaap Blonk, Micheal Moore, Larry Fishkind and many more.

Angelo Verploegen, Ed Verhoeff, Erik van der Westen and Producer Jared Sacks in the control room of the MCO 2 studio in Hilversum.

Projects with NativeDSD’s in house label Just Listen Records recorded and released three DSD 256 projects with verploegen in various combinations. The ‘Sweetest Sound’ was the firs in which we invited him to do a recording for the label at our specific terms (play live, in balance, no mixing, no editing, just capturing the live music as it is with the best possible equipment at the best suitable venue).

It was obvious for me to return once more to my first love – the flugelhorn.

Angelo Verploegen

He picked ‘standard’ tunes he grew fond of over the years, looking for a certain degree of variety in melody, harmony, formal structure, keeping the drum-less trio sound in mind, allowing it to flourish, creating a casual, lush and intimate atmosphere.

Just the drums

Giving Verploegen more flexibility, he pitched the idea for ‘The Duke Book: The Music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’. Flugelhorn and just the drums to accompany him: “The Duke Book is about melody and rhythm, about sound and time, about exploring the music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn in all kind of ways alongside exploring the sonorities of our instruments” he writes in the liner notes.

Our first reaction..

“Flugelhorn and Drums…. A whole album? Both of you will have to be VERY good to keep the listener’s attention for the duration of a complete album. And yes, it is all very good. These boys needed no producing on my part. Setting up the microphones was also easy. A great space to play, two very musical minded players. I only needed to press record!” writes Jared Sacks the producer.

The Art of Traveling Light

We really wanted to continue our collaboration with Angelo and quickly came up with some new dates for a new session. He wanted to reflect musically on the travels made as a musician. Ironically enough reality caught up with this idea when traveling came to a literal standstill because of the worldwide coronavirus outbreak. Maybe a reason for the better for some reflection on the act of traveling?

We translated traveling lightly literally into a line-up without bass, thus underlining the concept of lightness and transparency in sound.

Angelo Verploegen
Wim Bronnenberg, Angelo Verploegen and Jasper van Hulten

He writes “My many travels all represent a mixed feeling of melancholy, to have to leave my beloved family again, and of excitement about plunging into the unknown. And then of course there is all the inconvenience coming with the traveling itself, which I try to ease as much as I can by carrying as little as possible with him: practicing the Art of Traveling Light.”

We hope you will enjoy these recordings made with no sound-equalizing, no mixing, no compressing, no editing applied here. Just the musicians in a beautiful medium-large concert hall, the best possible technical equipment.

Just Listen!

Written by

Jonas Sacks

Jonas is co-Founder & CTO at NativeDSD but also for hire as a Cinematographer. His work can be seen at He plays the trumpet.


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