ZILT plays Mengelberg & Ellington is the project born from the ongoing musical conversation between Jasper Blom and Ian Cleaver on Just Listen. They met at the Amsterdam Conservatory, where Blom, a renowned saxophonist, was teaching – and Cleaver, a talented young trumpet player, came to study. Their lessons grew into jam sessions, and soon they took their music to the small stage of a whiskey bar in the center of Amsterdam: Café ZILT. With Thomas Pol on bass and Wouter Kuhne on drums they played compositions by the idiosyncratic Dutch Jazz pianist and composer Misha Mengelberg, balanced with pieces by the legendary bandleader and composer Duke Ellington.
The album is available in Stereo and 5 Channel Surround Sound DSD 256, DSD 128, DSD 64 and DXD plus Stereo DSD 512. It is also available as an 180 gram LP. It is not available on SACD.
This album captures ZILT’s playful interpretation of this repertoire and the spontaneous and informal style they developed to match their material, calling to mind the small crowded stage on which their music evolved. We can hear Blom and Cleaver explore the boundaries between high and low art, popular and high-brow, in a musical dialogue between different generations and eras of Jazz.
Jasper Blom – Saxophone
Ian Cleaver – Trumpet
Thomas Pol – Bass
Wouter Kuhne – Drums
Total time: 00:41:04
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|Release Date||September 2, 2022|
O’s Place Jazz Magazine
O’s Notes: Dutch saxophonist Jasper Blom is the teacher. Trumpeter Ian Cleaver is his student. Zilt is a café in Amsterdam where they came together in a jam session that evolved to this album! Bassist Thomas Pol and drummer Wouter Kuhne round out the quartet. The program is primarily based on songs by Duke Ellington and Misha Mengelberg. I’d characterize the program as a blend of edgy improvisation (the brief Impros), with swinging jazz. We enjoyed “Rollo III”, “Rollo II” and “Blues After Piet” best in the set.
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