A Handful Of Stories

Angelo Verploegen, Guus Bakker, Jasper van Hulten, Marc van Roon, Nils van Haften

Original Recording Format: DSD 256
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For his 5th album at NativeDSD and Just Listen, Angelo Verploegen teams up with four top Jazz stars to bring us A Handful of Stories.  Exclusively available in Stereo and 5 Channel Surround Sound DSD at NativeDSD! 

The album reunites Angelo Verploegen with drummer Jasper van Hulten who previously appeared together at NativeDSD on The Duke Book, a unique Jazz duo treatment of Duke Ellington Orchestra classics. It also marks the 5th album at NativeDSD featuring pianist Marc van Roon.

“It’s not really in my nature to look back. For me, being a musician is mainly about staying in shape, preparing for upcoming projects, and finding an outlet for my inspiration and ideas. So, it’s a constant flow of forward motion.

But… turning 60 last year suddenly led me to look back, to reflect on what I’ve been doing all these years. In this moment of retrospection, I felt the urge to select some of the compositions I’ve written over the past 25 years for various formations and occasions and perform them with a classical jazz quintet lineup.

Now, if I could interest Jared and Jonas Sacks in recording this project for Just Listen Records, we would have a handful of musicians for our fifth (yet another handful!) album together. And things worked out! I feel extremely happy and privileged to have done this with a group of outstanding musicians: saxophonist Nils van Haften, pianist Marc van Roon, bassist Guus Bakker, and drummer Jasper van Hulten, along with the Just Listen crew. All of the (a little over a handful) original compositions presented here tell their own story…”
– Angelo Verploegen

Angelo Verploegen, Flugelhorn
Nils van Haften, Saxophone
Marc van Roon, Piano
Guus Bakker, Bass
Jasper van Hulten, Drums


Please note that the below previews are loaded as 44.1 kHz / 16 bit.
Hub's Hub
Brad's Feast
Monky Business
Kikker en de Horizon (Frog and the Horizon)
File Under Exit
Little Dancer
By The End Of The Day

Total time: 00:47:45

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Analog to Digital Convertor

Horus, Merging Technologies at DSD 256


Van den Hul 3T

Editing Software

Pyramix, Merging Technologies

HRP Mastering Engineer

Tom Caulfield

Label Management

Jara Holdert

Mastering Room Speakers

Grimm LS1


Brüel & Kjær 4006, Schoeps


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Original Recording Format


Angelo Verploegen, Jared Sacks, Jonas Sacks

Recording Engineer (Recording, Editing, Mixing, Mastering)

Jared Sacks

Recording Location

MCO, Hilversum, Netherlands

Release DateJanuary 5, 2024

Press reviews

Presto Music

As one of the leading Dutch trumpeters around these days, Verploegen is well within his rights to be focused on capturing an elusive live sound. And, with this album of originals, he achieves it. This previous collaborator with Metropole Orkest is in fine form as he adopts a quintet to celebrate his successful run on Just Listen Records – “Five is the number,” as he puts it. His bandmates are able to find common ground through their past experiences, whilst their leader offers them the freedom to move and a chance to express themselves through a cheery sense of shared musical feeling.

Positive Feedback

Filled with wonderful tunes, played my master musicians who work so synergistically with one another, this is an album to simply settle back to enjoy.

Verploegen is a very special musician in my book. When he picks up his flugelhorn, magic happens. He brings a subtlety of phrasing combined with a relaxed warm energy into which I can happily soak and be refreshed. When playing with fellow musicians, he never dominates the aural picture. He seems to encourage and facilitate the creative energies of those with whom he is collaborating.

The other thing that makes Verploegen’s albums so special for me is the outstanding sonics captured on each by master recording engineer Jared Sacks. These are not airless studio recordings. They are recorded as the musicians would be performing in a live acoustic performance on stage before an audience. Not in isolation booths. Not isolated from each other with headphones in their own separate worlds. But live. Having to perform together and balance the sounds of their instruments live, dynamically, as they play together.

So, if you enjoy jazz of the highest caliber, performed by excellent musicians who collaborate and “get” one another, get this album! You won’t be disappointed.


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