2005 The Vandoesburgsuite cd-reviews (eng)

Harvey Siders, Jazztimes
This two-CD suite, created by Dutch composer/guitarist Marc van Vugt with input from singer/lyricist Ineke van Doorn, includes names like "The Door," "In Diagonal" and the suite's subtitle, "Different Shades of Gray." But this is not programmatic music; nothing can sound gray or diagonal or doorlike. This is chamber jazz with big-band pretensions in the clever voicings.
Van Vugt is an ingenious weaver of contrapuntal lines, able to coax colors out of five strings, two brass, one doubling-happy reed player, four rhythm players, plus the valuable voice of Ineke van Doorn, whose intonation allows her to blend flawlessly with any instruments, contribute an obbligato or scat like a free soul. Solo credits are rare, but kudos can be given to the whimsical plunger work by trombonist Joost Buis on "Dada Dada," Bert Lochs for his flugelhorn playing on "Theo & Nelly," the soprano sax of Jasper Blom on "De La Porte" and the moody string-sextet writing on "Where Is Home?" where bassist Paul Berner plays arco.

Jan Rensen, journalist
‘The broad and sometimes unusual harmonic inventions evoke a panoramic atmosphere in which intimate, poetic stories are told - almost literally, by Ineke van Doorn, and figuratively by improvised solo’s, or composed built-in miniatures. While the vaudeville atmosphere remains recognizable, the jazz element is slightly more emphasized and there’s even room for some solid rock and roll. Mostly the music sounds attractively mysterious, a little wayward but never rejecting, at times even seductive.’

Rinus van der Heijden, jounalist, jan 05
'The composer has succeeded to transfer the suite to the first half of the last century, when Van Doesburg was still alive.The music is dreamy, with an impressionistic character, open to a per- sonal experience. The forms, which were so important to Van Doesburg, turn into impressive, orchestral music with Marc van Vugt and Ineke van Doorn, who wrote the lyrics. The composer had a superb eye for details with which he catches the total atmosphere of his stay in Paris in each of the eleven pieces.'

Pictures by G. Verhagen (3) and Cees van de Ven.

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