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Ack van Rooyen & Paul Heller 4tet

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Format: CD
Cat No.: MR 874560
Bar code: 4260054555901
German Release: VÖ 1.5.2014
Genre: Jazz 4tet


Ack van Rooyen and Paul Heller appeared on stage for the first time together in 1992. Since then, countless concerts, radio and TV productions, and four CDs have appeared under their shared direction.
After more than 22 years of musical friendship and teamwork, van Rooyen (born 1930) and Heller (born 1971) have reconvened the line-up, with which they first shared their musical ideas back in 1992, for a "reunion".
The result is a double CD, recorded live in Cologne's Loft as well as in Bonn's Hansahaus Studio.
A spontaneous, laid-back and wonderfully communicative musical exchange, celebrated by four musicians who speak the same language; carefree, expressive, with enormous depth and always straight from the heart.
Ack van Rooyen, Paul Heller, Hubert Nuss and Ingmar Heller make their way on an expedition across musical landscapes, encountering the familiar and the unexpected, avoiding beaten tracks and finding again and again the different expressions of beauty and integrity within the world of sound.
The very personal selection of standards and originals offers the four sonic aesthetes unlimited possibilities in giving their musical fantasies free rein to feed off each other, to respond to one another, and to give each other ideas that can be developed and brought back into the musical dialogue. Mentor and inspiration Ack van Rooyen has united four soul mates here, who with an overflowing enthusiasm play the old and the new in a timeless manner, as exciting as it is infinitely relaxing.
Sit back and enjoy!

"The flugelhorn seems to have been created for him" - Jerry van Rooyen

Ack van Rooyen, born on New Year's Day 1930 and still living in The Hague, has long-standing and equally wide-ranging experience as a live instrumentalist and studio musician.
In Germany, he is one of the founding members of the SFB Big Band and the SDR Orchestra. He toured with the Bert Kaempfert Orchestra and with it recorded albums as a soloist. Together with Wolfgang Dauner and Albert Mangelsdorff, Ack van Rooyen undertook concert tours in Asia and South America. In addition, he plays in the large line up of the United Jazz + Rock Ensemble, and Peter Herbolzheimer's Rhythm Combination & Brass. As a big band specialist, he has also proven his qualities on European tours by the Clark Terry Big Band and the Gil Evans Orchestra.

For a long time, Paul Heller has been counted among the best European tenor saxophonists. As one of the main soloists in the Grammy winning WDR Big Band, he has been involved in several productions by international artists such as Joe Zawinul, Abdullah Ibrahim, Fay Claassen, Arturo Sandoval, Maceo Parker, McCoy Tyner and John Scofield among others.
Heller's own projects, such as "Celebration", produced for the 80th birthday of his quintet partner and mentor Ack van Rooyen, and "Special Edition Vol. 1, 2 & 3" have won international and critical acclaim among experts.
Paul Heller can be heard on over seventy CDs, including recordings with Bob Brookmeyer, Wolfgang Haffner, Kenny Wheeler, Michael Abene, Jerry van Rooyen, and with his partner in music and life, the Dutch jazz singer Fay Claassen (winner of the "Chet Baker Award" and the "Edison Award").

"Masterful playing by Paul! He has his own voice full of personal nuances that make him immediately recognizable. His vibratos and other endings of notes are warmly detailed. His soprano playing is an inspiration with all the personal aspects of his tenor playing" - Jerry Bergonzi

The collaboration between Heller and van Rooyen is documented on numerous recordings, beginning with Heller's CD debut in 1994. Although almost four decades separate the woodwind and brass players, their similarities outweigh the differences; namely their cliché free ease in handling their instruments and their formative experiences in large jazz orchestras.

"I have known Ack for years and have always loved his playing and him as a person. I really love Paul’s playing and the work that he has done here with Ack confirms what great musicians they both are" - Kenny Wheeler, London, March 2014
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