Bert van den Brink - solo piano
Recorded in Hilversum, The Netherlands, February 9, 1997.
1. LENNY'S PENNIES|
2. I LOVES YOU PORGY
4. BLUE BOSSA
5. GOLDEN EARRINGS
7. WONDERDING WHY
8. THE BLUES
9. LULLABY FOR MARTIJN
My feelings on hearing him perform solo were so strong that I found myself with tears
rolling down my cheeks over a smile on my face. My experience at his solo concert gave me
the profound feeling that I must spend more time at the piano myself. This is
generally what is called 'inspiration'.
Bert van den Brink is most certainly one of the best dutch pianists at the moment.
played for instance with Toots Thielemans, Chet Baker, DeeDee Bridgewater, Hein van de Gein,
Lee Konitz, and he is the regular pianist of Denise Jannah.
Being a classical pianist
originally, his jazz carreer started when Edu Ninck Blok asked him to join his band
in 1986. A few years later he toured with DeeDee Bridgewater for more than a year.
His style is remarkably ripe, rich in lyricism and harmonic sophistication. Beautiful
voicings and a touch that can be romantic, but also aggressive as hell.
piano solo album stays interesting from the beginning up to the end. In these fifty
minutes you'll hear a musician playing piano with a rare level of perfection and detail.
It's a man with different faces, the last tune of this album is so beautiful that you can not
believe the previous stunning performance of 'the blues' is played by the same pianist. So give it a
chance, you won't be disappointed!