On November 30th we played our last concert of 2018. It was a great evening in Alphen aan den Rijn, with a great crowd and warm atmosphere. For us it was the highlight of the year!
The year started with the release of the album Picking Up Steam in March. The album was received with great enthousiasm and got great reviews (ao: All About Jazz).
There were airplay and interviews in various radioshows (highlight: an hour long interview on Dutch national radio with renowned host Co de Kloet).
After the release of the album, we played a lot of concerts for enthusiastic audiences through the whole of NL. As a result of playing regularly, we grew a lot as a band and as individual players.
We’re now making plans for 2019, a year in which we hope to grow even further.
Thanks a lot for your support and you’ll hear from us in 2019!
The first review of Picking Up Steam is published. The album is awarded 3.5 stars by All About Jazz.com.
Reviewer Friedrich Kunzmann calls the album a ‘juicy set of fusion tunes’ with ‘terrific musicianship and memorable melodies’.
Read the entire review on allaboutjazz.com: Click Here
It goes without saying that we’re very pleased with this review!
The new album Picking Up Steam is out now!
You can order the album in the Webshop, find it on iTunes and listen to it on Spotify.
Jurgen Burdorf – guitar, compositions
Tico Pierhagen – keys
Hugo den Oudsten – bass guitar
Willem Smid – drums
Gijs Anders van Straalen – percussion on track 1,2,5,6 & 7
André Sommer – pedal steel gitaar on track 11
Tom Gelissen – recording and mix
Bastiaan Kuijt – mastering
Recorded at Wisseloord Studio’s, Hilversum, January 2018
The recordings for a new album are finished! The album is due for release in early 2018.
On January 22nd and 23rd we gave our all at Wisseloord Studio’s.
The studio days were long and intense, but we managed to record eleven new tracks.
The third album will be more energetic and varied than the previous one. You’ll find groovy tunes, heavy fusion, a country song and a straight rocker on the album. Also, the guitar parts on the album are a bit more challenging to play than on the last album. Hopefully my hard practice payed off!
My band mates Tico Pierhagen (keys), Hugo den Oudsten (bas) en Willem Smid (drums) played wonderfully.
Willem is the new kid on the block here, he plays with the Amsterdam Saints and hit sensation Ogene. I’ve been playing with Willem for more than ten years and am very happy that he’s playing on the album.
The new album came into conception in a small period of time. In November last year, I decided to record a new album in January 2018 and started writing. The songs came into form in a couple of weeks, we rehearsed a couple of times and then went on to the recording sessions.
Our studio, Wisseloord in Hilversum, NL, was a great place to work and you can hear that on the album.
The studio has a wonderful live room, which will leave its sonic footprint on the album.
No wonder that artists like Tina Turner, U2, Mick Jagger and The Police came to record here in the past.
Guest musicians Gijs Anders van Straalen (percussion) and André Sommer (pedal steel guitar) will appear on the album.
I’ve known Gijs since my touring days with singer Janne Schra (Room Eleven) and met André in the past year, during a tour with the repertoire of Dolly Parton.
Engineer Tom Gelissen is once again my technical partner in crime and Bastiaan Kuijt, who recently was part of a Grammy winning production, will be mastering.
I’m really happy with the new album, and hope you’ll be too.
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Jazz Fusion song October is the third song from the album Straight Up Guitar that has a video on Youtube.
With an African sounding intro and a theme based on fourths and fifths, it sounds quite mysterious. October features solos by Tico Pierhagen on Wurlitzer and Jurgen on guitar. October comes the closest to traditional jazz of all songs on Straight Up Guitar.
Straight Up Guitar can be listened to on Spotify and is available on iTunes en as CD in the webshop.