Harmen Fraanje Quartet feat. Nelson Veras – Sonatala (2004) [HDTracks FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Harmen Fraanje Quartet feat. Nelson Veras – Sonatala (2004)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 59:29 minutes | 1,12 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Booklet, Front Cover | © Challenge Records Int.
Recorded: Studio LeRoy, Amsterdam on February 10 and 11, 2003

The quartet of Harmen Fraanje was founded in the summer of 2002.Hein Van de Geyn invited the musicians to his theater where they spent an extraordinary week together. The music of Harmen found a miraculous medium in this group. The phenomenal brazilian guitarist Nelson Veras was able to add just that magic colour to the already sparkling sound of the piano trio. Nelson Veras,who already as a teenager toured with people like Pat Metheny,Aldo Romano, Gary Peacock, Michel Petrucciani, grew into one of the most promising guitarists in the world.His fabulous technique and effortless musicality are truly amazing. Hein Van de Geyn is a well known and seasoned bassist. His 20 year long experience give him the ability to push the group from his place in the back to extraordinary heights.His flexibility and sense of improvisation give a special colour to the group. Drummer Matthieu Chazarenc is at this point one of the young lions of the Paris Jazz scene that is most in demand.He only arrived on the scene a few years ago. His intense polyrhythmical way of playing is an exciting factor within the sound of the band. The music of this extraordinary quartet has a power and simplicity that hits the listener in a very direct way. Within the refreshing, clear compositions breathtaking improvisation takes place.As one of the most promising upcoming quartets we wantedto fully support the beautiful sound of the band with the best quality format.Challenge therefore decided to release this album as a hybrid surround SACD only.

This fascinating quartet consists of three talented young musicians, pianist Harmen Fraanje, guitarist Nelson Veras, and drummer Matthieu Chazarenc, as well as seasoned veteran Hein Van De Geyn on bass. While only the bassist is likely to be familiar to most savvy jazz fans, the compositions, most of which were written by Fraanje, draw from several fields of music. The title track has a Middle Eastern flavor in the vamp sections, though it quickly segues into a quiet jazz setting. “Nanne” begins with a gorgeous solo improvisation by Fraanje and transforms into a brief meditative ballad. The funky rhythm of “Mokka” suggests a blend of New Orleans jazz and post-bop, retaining the humor of the former style and the adventurous modern spirit of the latter. “Paris Song” is a lighthearted waltz, while “Winter” has a bit of a melancholy air. The sound of this hybrid Super Audio CD adds to the enjoyment of this delightful date. -AllMusic Review by Ken Dryden

1. Sonatala 7:32
2. Hans 8:11
3. Nanne 3:08
4. Mokka 2:38
5. Mulle 3:57
6. Sixtension 4:42
7. Acela 3:32
8. Spirit 5:55
9. Paris Song 4:36
10. Bungee 4:34
11. Intermezzo 1:49
12. Winter 8:02

Harmen Fraanje, piano
Nelson Veras, guitar
Hein van de Geyn, duble bass
Matthieu Chazarenc, drums