Eric Ineke JazzXpress

Label: Daybreak
Format: CD
Barcode: 0608917458824
Catalog number: DBCHR 74588
Releasedate: 08-08-14
With three generations of jazzmusicians in this quintet is 'swinging hard' with repertoire rooted in the Hardbop-tradition
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Since Eric Ineke started the JazzXpress in 2006, eight years have gone by, and now he proudly present their sixth CD. Meanwhile the line up has stayed the same the whole time except for a short period when our stellar trumpeter Rik Mol was replaced by Rodolfo Fereira Neves. When Rik came back in, the band got a new spirit and all the engines got retuned.

Eric Ineke about the songs:
“Oak City” is a catchy one, written by Rik Mol. Playing with the impeccable Ronnie Cuber recently got me back into Horace Silver’s music all over again.

The eastern-flavored “Seven on the Rigter Scale” was written by Marius Beets, and inspired by some of the wonderful Dutch tenor player Simon Rigter’s harmonic inventions. It opens with the composer’s free bass solo, then launches into a camel groove evoking the days of Lawrence of Arabia. Sjoerd Dijkhuizen gets a fat sound on bass clarinet and Rik Mol plays a great solo on muted trumpet.
Marius’s “The End of the Affair” is an uptempo burner based on the chords of a well-known standard, and inspired by Graham Greene’s novel. (I didn’t know the book, got curious about it, and recently found it in London in Hatchard’s elegant bookstore.)
Cole Porter’s “Night and Day” is a duet for pianist Rob van Bavel and me. I got the idea to do it from a recording we both made back in 1993 as members of the legendary Ben van den Dungen/Jarmo Hoogendijk Quintet. Rob’s great rhythmic and harmonic approach is a springboard for my own playing here. In his solo he emulates Bill Evans’s improvisation on the version he recorded with Stan Getz, which is a hell of a compliment to Bill Evans. We did it in one take at 10 a.m.
Johnny Griffin’s haunting ballad “When We Were One” is a feature for our exquisite tenor man Sjoerd Dijkhuizen, who plays the melody with his heart on his sleeve. It’s a fitting tribute to John Arnold Griffin III, who was a one-of-a-kind out of an era when jazz musicans were real characters, the kind we deeply miss these days.
Rob van Bavel’s “Just A Tune for You” is his take on “I Got Rhythm” chords and fits the band like a glove; everyone gets to solo.
Marius Beets’s “What Is This” is as hardbop as you can get, flying by on familiar changes. On the last tune, the remix “Cruisin’,” the band sails into the 21st century. Marius did a great job on this one, and you can party on down with it as long as you want.
After 50 years in the jazz business, I feel still like a kid, and I’m very proud and grateful to be surrounded by such great musicians who keep kicking my ass. Many thanks also to my longtime producer Fred Dubiez, who always gives me so much support.

Eric Ineke, May 2014
The Eric Ineke JazzXpress  consists of the very talented Rik Mol on trumpet and flugelhorn, Sjoerd Dijkhuizen on tenorsaxophone, Rob van Bavel on piano, Marius Beets on doublebass and ofcourse Holland’s most prominent Jazzdrummer Eric Ineke.
The repertoire is rooted in the Hard-bop tradition and the most compositions are written by the bandmembers themselves. With three generations of jazzmuscians in this explosive band, Hard-bop will get a contemporary meaning and you can trust The Eric Ineke JazzXpress for that.

Right from the start in 2006 the band got great critical acclaim and appeared in Germany, Belgium and many festivals in Holland including the Northsea Jazz festival. In 2008  the band was a big success on the European Jazzfestival in Athens ( Greece). During a succesful theater tour for JazzImpuls in 2009, the band recorded the live CD ‘’JazzXL, Blues, Ballads and other Bright moments’’ which was released in 2011.
In the summer of 2011 the band got an invitation from the American Jazz Museum to perform in Kansas City together with the great singer Deborah Brown. Together they recorded the album ‘’All Too Soon’’ which was running for a Grammy. In 2012 The Eric Ineke JazzXpress did a series of concerts with David Liebman, The Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw and Deborah Brown in Holland and Germany to celebrate Eric Ineke’s 65th Birthday Anniversary.

In 2014 they performed with Deborah Brown at the Amersfoort Jazz Festival, which was recorded for Djazz TV, and the Bruxelles Jazz Marathon.
CD recordings by The Eric Ineke JazzXpress:
Flames ‘n’ Fire
‘’If you like real Jazz, straight ahead without any gimmicks, this CD is for you’’ - David Liebman

For the love of Ivie, a tribute to Ivie Anderson feat. Deborah Brown
‘’Brown proves every inch Reeves’, and Anderson’s equal’’ - Christopher Loudon, JazzTimes

Xpressions in Time
‘’A tour de force on a high level’’ – Angelique van Os, Jazzmagazine *****  

Jazz XL - Blues, Ballads and Other Bright Moments
"Most impressive throughout this set is that the soloists (all of whom are excellent) avoid sounding like any of their historical predecessors, and the band has a strong team spirit." Scott Yanow