We got Rhythm – the music of George Gershwin



When it comes to jazz, I’ve developed a discerning ear over the years. I often find myself listening to snippets of tunes when someone shares their music, especially if it piques my interest. After all, I’ve been enjoying and studying music for many years now.
But then came this recording by Rob, Vincent, and Frans, and everything changed. The music is so captivating that I couldn’t stop myself from hitting play on tune after tune. I have a feeling that this album will be in my regular rotation for years to come. Rob van Bavel, a jazz piano teacher at the Royal Conservatoire (The Hague) and the Amsterdam Jazz Department is a true virtuoso. His piano playing exhibits a clean sure technique that’s as crisp as a summer breeze. From the very first notes, the arrangements are like a sumptuous feast for the ears, grabbing your attention immediately. What’s truly remarkable is how the guitar, bass, and piano seamlessly blend together, revealing new layers of musical brilliance with each repeated listening. “Prelude One,” a rendition of “The Man I Love,” is executed with impeccable precision. Rob’s piano work in this track is a testament to his mastery of the instrument. The Coltrane-ish modulation adds a delightful twist that keeps you engaged from start to finish. As we venture into “Prelude 2,” we hear soulful blues, and it’s hard not to be reminded of the great Oscar Peterson, yet Rob is no mere copycat. He is entirely his own man, showcasing a brilliant and distinctive style. What stands out even more is his remarkable independence between both hands—a true marvel to appreciate.
What makes this recording even more impressive is that it was captured in front of a live audience. The energy and connection between the performers and the listeners are palpable, adding an extra layer of authenticity to the music. Bravo to Rob, Vincent, and Frans for delivering such a captivating and memorable performance.
In closing, this unique trio recording stands as a remarkable achievement. It’s a testament to their collective skill, creativity, and ability to capture the essence of jazz in a way that’s both timeless and fresh. So, sit back, relax, and let the enchanting melodies and intricate harmonies of this recording take you on a journey you won’t soon forget. The trio has truly outdone itself, and I can’t wait to see where their musical journey takes them next.
David Kikoski

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