International Press about NEW WORLD Jazz Review/USA/june 2004 European jazz has had it's own voice for years and Gerard Kleijn's group is a fine example! Cadance/USA/april 2004 Cadance spoke about the trumpeters distintive voice in an earlier review (2003)of Kleijn's 2002 ''Love Quotes'', and he continues to impress here. To his credit, he has kept his band together, and the coheseviness of the group shows, as there are consistently excellent contributions from each of the band members. It is Kleijn, thoug, who is the leader and dominant voice, and when it is all over, you cannot but sense that is he trumpeter worth getting to know. Music Maker/december 2003 Kleijn understands the art of improvising on his instrument, within a structure that is not too pinched, but on the other hand is not so loose that you as listener lose your way. That makes this a production of the highest class. *****(Masterful. Heaven - Belgium/Netherlands/december 2003 New World from the Gerard Kleijn Group is a real hit. Because of all the (well deserved) attention that Eric Vloeimans gets, it sometimes seems as if we don't have any other top-class trumpeters here in the Netherlands, but with his new album Kleijn disproves this assumption.He has a beautiful, introverted tone, plays strong improvisations that tell a story, and writes fascinating tunes. He is accompanied by a first-rate band that stands with one foot in the tradition but with the other firmly in the here and now. A group to keep your eye on. Utrechts Nieuwsblad- Netherlands/Novemer 2003 On New World, the magnificent new CD from the Gerard Kleijn Group, you can hear what he has been striving for. This is a real band; not a soloist-with-backing-band, but a flexible group of musicians who give each other plenty of room to move. Cees Schrama - Tros Sesjun - Netherlands/November 2003 There are a lot of trumpet players, but if you play like Gerard Kleijn then you're one of the few! Noordhollands Dagblad/Netherlands/Oktober 2003 Jazz with style from GK. GK displays calm and self confidence. As a composer and as a soloist, GK has made a big step forwards. The band leader and principal composer GL plays his trumpet with striking conviction, pure and accurate, with serenity and sensitivity. The ballads Samsara and Amor a Primera Vista are just two examples from the nine outstanding pieces that make up more than 60 captivating minutes. No quasi-heavy, complicated forms and pointless virtuosity: NW shines through clarity and is brimming with melodies, often played in layers by trumpet, guitar, and piano, with real staying power. De Telegraaf/Netherlands/oktober 2003 He has made 3 gorgeous CD's full of music. -NW: a marvelous CD full of dreamy and swinging jazz with here and there a touch of free-bag. Haarlems Dagblad/Gooi- en Eemlander Oktober 2003 GK's accomplishments are especially significant because he has built a band with which he is creating more and more international 'buzz'. -NW arrives close on the heels of the well-received album LQ, but nevertheless the teamwork in the band is even tighter and more balanced. The way K lays out the colorful phrases in his virtuoso-melodic solos is so secure that the listener can just lean back and relax.
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