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International quartet with Ray Anderson (trb) – Han Bennink (drs) – Ernst Glerum (b) – Paul van Kemenade (as) (USA-NL)
An international great jazzband in quartetsetting with American tromboneplayer Ray Anderson ( five times Downbeat Poll winner ) – European Jazzaward winner drumlegend Han Bennink – and Boy Edgar Prize winner bassist Ernst Glerum – and Boy Edgar Prize winner altoist Paul Van Kemenade from the Netherlands (whose cd ‘Close Enough’ has been chosen by Downbeat as one of best cd’s 2011).
All About Jazz (US): **** july 2016
This quartet has a definite group personality, the parts adding up to make the whole. Each track, while different its particulars, works within the group’s overall sound, arguable anchored in Bennink’s unique drumming. Checking Out is, simply put, great jazz which will get you smiling while your body grooves. (Budd Kopman)
Cadence Magazine (US): july 2016
Checking Out (Kemo 016) was produced by PAUL van KEMENADE (as) who joins Han Bennink (drm), Ernst Glerum (b) and Ray Anderson (tbn) on a 1/11&12/16 recording (50:35) of 8 compositions by individual band members and Monk’s “Bright Mississippi”. This is a most enjoyable CD full of humor and formal looseness as might be expected from Anderson and a group of Netherlanders. Kemenade has an appealing strangulated sound, often playing short unanswered questing lines. Bennink is his usual kick around self in this tightly coordinated group. Anderson remains one of the most expressive trombonists on the scene and Glerum holds it together occasionally stepping out going counter against the whole band or one on one with another member of the band. Fans of the humor and looseness of ’60s Mingus groups should find great fun with this. The leader has been around since the ’70s and has appeared as leader and sideman on a number of records out of the Netherlands. Wonderful jazz. (Robert D.Rusch)
The Guardian (UK): **** Vortex, London 2010. Alto saxophonist Paul van Kemenade’s good-humoured jazzband sounded, on its vivacious Vortex visit, like a contemporary jazz band to its fingertips. Some of it suggested what a Charles Mingus group might have become, but there was nothing retro about this show. The great Dutch drummer Han Bennink smiling ecstatically, and sustaining a more emphatically propulsive pulse with the brushes than most drummers manage with sticks.The leader’s bop-rooted alto lines and Anderson’s remarkable repertoire of hard-blown accents, rich long sounds, swarming-bee noises and slithery elisions developing it over Glerum’s booming bass-walk. Van Kemenade’s quiveringly tender tone and delicately inviting phrasing led his own Close Enough, before an effusively Cuban groove closed the set. A similarly impish second half included a long-lined Anderson theme reminiscent of the cool-bop guru Lennie Tristano, more languorously Mingus-like hip swing broken up by Möbus’s shards of abstract guitar sound, and bursts of ensemble clamour as convivial as an old New Orleans band.
LondonJazz (UK): This multinational jazzband clearly love each other’s musicial company; the smiles on their faces said it all – Anderson couldn’t help grinning all the way through, Glerum beamed as the band settled in, and Bennink’s irrepressible laughter and whoops were just part of his rich repertoire. This ensemble has a natural ability to vary the pace, and swing from one gear to another in the blink of an eye. Anderson’s understated masterclass on slide trombone was an exposition of its full range and tonal richness – acknowledging, in this context, JJ Johnson’s and Mangelsldorff’s small groups – counterpoised perfectly by Van Kemenade’s alto, batting licks mixed with precise duets, and pushing out growls straight from the Mingus canon. Bennink, wicked as ever, cooked up a rich stew of light clatterings, all manner of brushwork and sharp attacks – astonishingly, on a single snare drum. Glerum’s practiced bass often set the tone, blending with Möbus’s carefully placed chordwork.
JazzTimes (US): Berlin Jazz Festival 2010
Outta’ New Jersey came trombonist Ray Anderson, a repeat visitor to this festival over the years. Anderson showed up one night at the club Quasimodo in a great band led by fine Dutch alto saxophonist Paul van Kemenade and witty Dutchman Han Bennink on drums … well, a single snare, to be precise, played colorfully with brushes, sticks and the occasional shoe.
Ruhrnachrichten (D): One of the highlights of the Berlin JazzFest 2010.
De Volkskrant (NL):
“Het internationale kwintet van Van Kemenade is een klasseband die eigenlijk alles bezit wat je hoopt te horen tijdens een jazzconcert. Boeiende composities, badderend in historie, enorme persoonlijkheden, en vooral: een lenigheid van hier tot Tokio. Soms hoorde je een compleet orkest van Charles Mingus en vervolgens een wervelend Charlie Parker thema dat weggleed in vrije improvisatie.” (Tim Sprangers, De Volkskrant)