Categories: General Date: Apr 25, 2011 Title: Great review for Solo CD in JazzFlits
("The album It Could Happen to You is unique in its kind and class. The dozen recordings radiate a benevolent tranquility".)
Hans Invernizzi in JazzFlits # 156 (For complete issue click JazzFlits)
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The concerts with Michael Musillami were a blast. These YouTubes are from the Pesthuys Podium, Maastricht, Holland in the series The Art of the Duo.
It Could Happen to You
In August 2008 jazz guitarist Joep van Leeuwen (1955) took out his 1939 acoustic Gibson L7 and sat down in front of a microphone of the studio of JazzAround Records in Maastricht. All by himself he committed twelve tracks to the hard disc: standards, latin and “Ralph’s Piano Waltz” of his friend and master guitarist John Abercrombie, who wrote the praiseworthy liner notes to “It Could Happen to You”.
Van Leeuwen is a big name in the in jazz world of the South of our country where he has been teaching at the Maastricht Academy of Music for many years. Fortunately Van Leeuwen also performs a lot. His solo album may be three years old, it deserves a place in JazFlits because the CD is extraordinary in kind and class.
The album “It Could Happen to You” is extraordinary in kind and class. The dozen recordings radiate a benevolent tranquility.
It was Joe Pass who proved in 1974 on the LP “Virtuoso” that one person with a guitar can interpret jazz stunningly without bass and drums. Van Leeuwen plays in the style of Joe Pass (and Jim Hall) but he is not a copycat. If possible he sounds even more relaxed than the Americans and never sounds hurried of gives in to excessive pyrotechnics.
The dozen recordings radiate a benevolent tranquility. Indeed, one could get the impression that playing solo guitar is easy, a gimmick. Just listen to how Van Leeuwen brings out the two melody lines to “Line For Lyons” by Mulligan, with halfway through a series of lovely bass lines. Brilliant.