Bert Joris, Brussels Jazz Orchestra
From the press
**** ½ Review. With these nine captivating tunes, trumpeter-composer Joris and The Brussels Jazz Orchestra offer their own kind of cool, at times evoking Gil Evans, at others Benny Golson.
The radio edit of Smooth Shake would serve perfectly as a film score
The wonderful tutti playing creates a sound as smooth as melted butter. The creamy arrangements completely lack rough edges and are never boring or annoying, but instead give the music extra depth. All the shades of musical tenderness are there.
In a big finale, 'Mr. Dodo', an older piece dedicated to his quartet’s Italian pianist, turned into the new 'Mr. Dado'. Saxophonist and bandleader Frank Vaganée linked the two together with a thrilling solo.
A great mix of ballads using the orchestra’s entire colour palette and up-tempo numbers carried along by the orchestra’s natural groove.
Separately, Joris and the BJO are first-class; together, they rise above that benchmark to create music that touches the heart and enlivens the soul.
There’s a click between Bert Joris and the Brussels Jazz Orchestra. As if they understand his music effortlessly and bring it to life in a subtle way. On their fourth album Bert Joris looks for a rounder, more relaxed sound.
Listen to this album, you'll have one wonderful hour. It's warm, serene, soft, smooth but it grooves a lot. (Jean-Claude Vantroyen)