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Angel Dance

Angel Dance

Toon Roos Group

Label: Challenge Jazz
Format: CD+DVD video
Barcode: 0608917016925
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Catalog number: CHR 70169
Releasedate: 30-08-11
The music of Angel Dance can be described as ‘lyrical funky jazz' in original compositions. It has world music influences like jungle, African music, Brazilian samba, New Orleans Second line and American funk. Groovy, in the moment, open and spacious, the music of Angel Dance is breathing, spontaneous and highly expressive...
  •  A unique chemistry of some of Europe’s most lyrical players
  • An attractive variety of rhythms
  • Meeting two drum & percussion legends from Weather Report
  • Angel Dance includes a wonderful documentary
  • High level compositions
  • “One of the few saxophone players in the world with a sound of their own” -Peter Erskine
  • Toon Roos played with Joe Zawinul, John Scofield and Toots Thielemans as you can see on the DVD
  • Also on the DVD: in 2009 Toon Roos and his band has been touring all over Europe as an opening act for the legendary Steely Dan
The music of Angel Dance can be described as ‘lyrical funky jazz' in original compositions. It has world music influences like jungle, African music, Brazilian samba, New Orleans Second line and American funk. Groovy, in the moment, open and spacious, the music of Angel Dance is breathing, spontaneous and highly expressive... Dutch jazz masters Karel Boehlee on grand piano and synthesizers and the renowned Hein van de Geyn on double bass have played with Toon for many years now and know each other well from their international tours with Toots Thielemans. Toon and Karel have been musical partners for more than 25 years. In November 2008 Weather Report drum legends Peter Erskine and Alex Acuña joined these musicians on stage and in the studio… the chemistry was powerful. Also Eddie Conard added some fine percussion on the album. The compositions on Angel Dance are written by Toon Roos, Karel Boehlee and Peter Erskine. The album includes a DVD with a documentary by John Twigt on Toon’s musical career and the making of Angel Dance. The DVD includes three songs of the Toon Roos Group with Peter Erskine live at the Bimhuis, interviews with Toon, Peter and Karel, and images of Toon performing at the North Sea Jazz Festival with his quartet and with Joe Zawinul.
Toon Roos is considered one of the finest tenor and soprano saxophonists in Europe whose lyrical, intuitive and well-balanced style of playing is appreciated by international audiences, press and colleagues alike. Since the start of his career in 1984 Toon has developed his own sound by playing different styles of music, from the big band swing tradition to hardbop, from bossa nova to funk and fusion. Toon has performed with many groups and artists in clubs, theatres and at jazz festivals in most European countries, as well as in the United States, South Africa, Mexico, the Caribbean and China. He has worked with some of the world's leading artists like Joe Zawinul, Toots Thielemans, John Scofield and Steely Dan. Walter Becker personally invited Toon in 2009 to open the shows of Steely Dan on their European 'Left Bank Holiday' tour. The Toon Roos Quartet played nine large halls among which the Hammersmith Apollo in London and the Olympia in Paris. Becker commented that ‘Toon's playing is so well balanced, that every note has a musical meaning... the opening shows were excellent all the way.'