Thursday, 5 July 2018

ODG086 : Ben Sluijs / Solo Recordings

Cover art by Ben Sluijs

ODG086 : Ben Sluijs / Solo Recordings

"A short but sparkling exposition of a musician who became “incontournable” in the Belgian jazz-scene.
A modest but beautifull demonstration of the versatility Ben Sluijs has to offer. At the same time the album works as a perfect counterbalance to instrumental overkill. 
Simplicity characterises the great ones." Enola 25-01-2018

Ben Sluijs:
Experiences as sideman with: Octurn, BRT Big Band, Brussels Jazz- Orchestra, Myriam Alter Quintet, Act Big Band, Jean Warland’s Sax No End, Ivan Paduart Septet, Radoni’s Tribe.
Played (or plays) also with: Philip Catherine, Toots Thielemans, Stacy Rowles, Bert Van den Brink, Michel Herr, Bert Joris, Dre Pallemaerts, Hein Van De Geijn, Nathalie Loriers, Chris Joris, Joe Fonda, John Betsch, Serge Lazarevitch…
or solo combined with poetry and spoken-word with: Remco Campert, Jules Deelder, Peter Holvoet Hanssen, Don Fabulist, Pjeroo Roobjee, Tom van Bauwel, Michaël Pas, Rogert de Neef, Jan Decleir…
Besides his own bands and projects you can frequently hear Ben also with: Augusto Pirroda Quartet, Christian Mendoza Group…

In 1997 he represented Belgium in the European Big Band in Slovenia.
In march 2003 he was selected by the Flemish Community to represent Belgium at Euro Jazz Festival in Mexico.
He receives the Antoon Van Dijck-award in 1999 presented by the city of Antwerp. Nominations for: Zamu-Awards 2003, 2007 and d’Jango d’Or 2006.
Performed on various national and international festivals as: Jazz-Middelheim and Blue Note festival (Belgium), Knitting Factory (New York), festival de Montreal (Canada), North Sea festival (Holland), Tremplin Jazz (France)…

Impressive discography here.

Ben Sluijs

Digital release on the 6th of July 2018.

track listing:

1: Easy for You
2: Presq’heureux
3: How Did I Get Here
4: Early Train
5: Diminished Performance
6: My Little Suede Shoes
7: Deux Conns
8: What Reason Could I Give
9: And Here?  (How Did I Get Here - Variation II)
10: Dearly Beloved

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