New jazz from the 17th century
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HOT & Sweelinck takes a dive into the rich waters of Netherlands’ most famous composer, and discovers old and new sounds.

In 1621 the most important and influential composer of the Netherlands died: Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck. Organists from North-West Europe all travelled to him for lessons, and he thus indirectly influenced Buxtehude and Johan Sebastian Bach.

In addition to being a great composer, Sweelinck also was a brilliant improviser. An inspiring reason for HOT Het Orgel Trio to look into his famous song variations with a contemporary jazz improvisation approach.

Sweelinck's approach to hits of the era, such as 'Ballo del granduca' and 'Malle Sijmen', basically resembles the way in which jazz musicians like Miles Davis dealt with the 'Great American Songbook'. So you may indeed expect some choruses of solo improvisations, but at the same time, all HOT members share a taste for adventure, constantly looking for space and surprising sound perspectives.

HOT The Orgel Trio and Sweelinck present a program of contemporary jazz from the seventeenth century.

Steven Kamperman — clarinets
Dion Nijland — double bass
Berry van Berkum — organ

The album will be released on the 14th of October 2023 during our 10-year anniversary festival 'Orgel Anders'.

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Zennez Records - ZR2023031

‘This CD is recommended for everyone: both for the lover of old music and for the organ lover of music from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

A top production by HOT, beautifully recorded with a nice balance between space and diction.' Orgelnieuws / Gerben Mourik
‘The twelve pieces on this album create a world of their own that cannot be compared to anything else, and once again advocates the use of the church organ in improvised music. [...] Music that strikes a perfect balance between 17th century and 21st century music, without pastiche or 'jazzed' classical music.’ Jazzflits / Herman te Loo
‘Jazz with a church organ, that is quite a treat. Together with double bass and clarinet, this results in a majestic, but also cheerful group sound.’ Klassieke Zaken / Mischa Andriessen
‘Timeless music that remains attractive to everyone and that HOT presents again in an exciting way with salt and pepper. Sublime album!’ Moors Magazine / Holly Moors
‘Anyone who shares Het Orgel Trio's penchant for adventure, the search for space and surprising sound perspectives will have plenty to discover on the Sweelinck CD.’ Nederlands Dagblad / Frans Tijssen
‘Refreshing music around the Dutch composer Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck. [...] ...superb example of the use of the organ in contemporary ensemble music.’ Orgelvriend / Jan Ferdinand & Joke Hooikammer
‘These 12 pieces definitely create a special listening experience.’ Jazzism / Coen de Jonge
HOT Het Orgel Trio
Bokkeduinen 4
3452 JN Vleuten
The Netherlands

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Photography HOT: Allard Willemse Photography
CD cover and web design: Thies de Waard / Roodlof.nl