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Un Incontro Illusorio

Jasper van't Hof

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This is one of the more unusual CDs to come out on the Challenge label. Jasper van't Hof was heard improvising on a church organ during a radio broadcast, which resulted in this CD. Drummer Joey Baron's contributions were overdubbed during a later session. For those who grew up listening to pipe organs, such as this lovely centuries-old Italian instrument, these impromptu performances will reveal new possibilities; those used to the often dull ham-handed recordings by many Hammond organists may experience culture shock. "The Ultimate" has a meditative quality, while the chaotic nature of "No Pray" suggests someone attempting to escape demons. "Les Deux" almost has a calliope-like cadence as the organist softly sings to himself in the background. The slow development and screeching sustained notes of "Helium Speech," complete with annoying overdubbed sounds of pouring water, is probably the least successful track. Baron composed only one number, the brief introduction "One O Four." Listening to this CD requires patience and attention to the range of sounds that Jasper van't Hof produces in this very intriguing collection of improvisations.

Biography

Born: 30 June 1947 in Enschede, The Netherlands

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Over the years, jazz pianist Jasper van't Hof has issued solo recordings in addition to working with ensembles. Born on June 30, 1947, in Enschede, Netherlands, van't Hof was born into a musically minded family, as his father was a professional trumpet player and his mother a classical singer, leading to the youngster taking piano lessons from the age of five. By his teenage years, van't Hof knew that he wanted to pursue a career in music, playing in jazz bands in school, and by the age of 19 was...
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Un Incontro Illusorio, Jasper van't Hof
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  • $18.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 30 October 2001

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