2002 Uncovered: 10 cd-reviews (eng)

David Lewis, Cadance oktober 2002 Vol 28 No 10
‘Uncovered’ by Vandoorn is a free-wheeling romp by a very unusual trio configuration. The delight of this session is palpable and nothing is predictable. The sultry minimalism of the opening Latin ballad ‘Mundo Sem Fim’ establishes a formal air and a set of expectations that are immediately exploded by the playful variations that the trio generates out of Gershwin’s ‘But Not For Me’. Van Doorn recites the lyrics as a form of mock performance art while Van Kemenade erupts into Bird-like riffs that suggest Parker circa 1945 when he was detoning the set patterns and expectations of the swing tradition. The song accelerates into a chase that sums up the spirit of these performances: loose and fun. There’s an upbeat zest in ‘But Not For Me’, ‘Nature Boy’. ‘Dansen’ and ‘The Unspoken Way’ that is exhilarating while the combination of Van Vugt’s acoustic guitar and Van Kemenade’s alto sax results in some relaxed and captivating interplay infused with the blues in ‘Something So Right’, ‘Dansen’, ‘Visions’ and ‘The Unspoken Way’. These are among the musical highpoints of a session that sounds so easy on the ear that it is easy to take for granted. It took a number of listens before I appreciated the trio’s deeper musical purpose and that is best heard in the three sections of ‘Vis, Man, Zee (Fish, Man, Sea)’. Composed by Van Kemenade and Van Doorn, the fugue-like ‘Vis’ gives way to an evocative solo setting for Van Vugt in ‘Man’ while ‘Zee’ is an upbeat finale that features some of Van Kemenade’s most compelling playing confirming why this is such an adventurous and satisfying set of trio improvisations.

Jazz Notes
This Dutchwoman, with her full and sensual voice, possesses both technical mastery and deep warmth. The mutual understanding between the three musicians is clear and tangible and the way they interpret standards, 'Nature Boy' for instance, is characteristic. In conclusion: an intriguing singer who uses her talent to sing both originals and standards. She shares them with her accompanists, but does so in a highly original manner and above all within a rather unusual context. To be uncovered

Aden/Le Monde 20-6-2002
Her voice is charming and so is her face. Ineke van Doorn has more than one string to her bow. For several years now, the Dutch singer has been bringing adventure to the domain of jazz where her taste in melody and her improvisational skills flourish.

Henri Marchal/Les Sablons
Behold the name of a group that will surely surprise most of you. Their music is free and inventive, their influences diverse, yet the spirit of jazz is omnipresent. From the very first piece the listener is captured by the clear and warm style of Van Vugt's guitar playing. In the theme from 'But Not For Me' everything explodes in frenzies of madness in which Ineke establishes herself as a true jazz vocalist showcasing swing and phenomenal scat choruses. In addition, the frenzied explosion brings out an exciting interaction between her and the sax player. A discovery of an album that we are happy to share with you.

Leonid Auskern, Jazz-Quad Magazine
A new confrontation with the ensemble Vandoorn from which I reviewed the last cd in Jazz-Quad nr 1-2000. The concept of this album 'Uncovered' is already familiar to the readers of this magazine. This time the singer/guitarist duo is not assisted by a trumpetplayer but by a saxophonist bringing new colors and new combinations of voices. On 'Uncovered' Ineke and her collegues are playing compositions of well- known composers (the Gershwin brothers, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder) , a couple of songs in latin-style and also some originals. Part of this has pleasantly surprised me. If jazz is sung in english it is comprehensible. Latin jazz- in spanish or portugese- is also evident, but Ineke proofs very convincingly that the dutch language is also capable of expressing the feeling of jazz well. Concerning her craftmanship: It's a long time ago since I heard something as spectacular and powerful. But we'll return to Uncovered. The more I listen to it, the better I like it. And in the first place Ineke van Doorn. She is a particular flexibel singer, who has mastered the classical way of singing, is able to express well both Brazilian passion and Dutch sadness, but most important is the fact that she doesn't try to imitate the famous afro-american jazz-singers. Van Doorn may or may-not please, but she is a singer with a style all hers own. I repeat, the more I listen, the more I enjoy!

Armand Serpenti, Trouw 20 –6-2002
Accessible and captivating
The Vandoorn trio is nominated again for an Edison Award, this year for their album 'Uncovered'. The CD opens with a quiet arrangement of 'Mundo Sem Fim', a popular fado interpretation, featuring Van Doorn's sultry and husky voice and perfect pronunciation of Portuguese. In an up-tempo version of Gershwin's 'But Not For Me' the singer displays a rhythmically tight alternation between speech, scat and singing, while the guitarist functionally interlards his chords with bass runs on the lower strings. 'First Time', in which an expressive vocals and alto sax duet ends in an almost perfect imitation of each other's parts, is hot and fragile at the same time. Van Doorn is one of Holland's most creative and technically skilled female jazz singers. A beautiful album.

Ton Ouwehand, Tubantia 11-2-2002
Another Edison?
If it is up to me, Vandoorn will be awarded a Jazz Edison again for this album. Together with guest alto sax player Paul van Kemenade singer Ineke van Doorn and her guitar playing partner Marc van Vugt have made an exquisite CD. Tuck&Patti in superlative degree. Sounding as if she has done so for years, Ineke van Doorn even sings a couple of pieces in Dutch on this CD.

Maartje Den Breejen, Het Parool, 11-6-2002
Vandoorn's performances of 'Visions' (Stevie Wonder) and 'Something So Right' (Paul Simon) are to melancholically fall in love by. With Marc van Vugt's subtly slipping chords on acoustic guitar, Ineke van Doorn's very white and likeable, flawless voice and guest musician Paul van Kemenade's rippling alto sax, their interpretation of the Portuguese 'Mundo Sem Fim' evokes the atmosphere of a summer night. It is in their own compositions 'Dansen' and 'Vis, Man, Zee', with Van Doorn singing her own Dutch poetic lyrics, that the threesome are really at the top of their form. Van Vugt drops his purely accompanying role. Van Doorn is entirely in her element and challenges Van Kemenade.

Jeroen de Valk, Utrechts Nieuwsblad 2-2-2002
On 'Uncovered' Vandoorn present original compositions interspersed with fresh interpretations of standards. Although Vandoorn's originals take a little effort to get used to, they soon unavoidably lodge themselves into memory. The lyrics, too - some of them in Dutch now - leave a lasting impression; every word has been considered, and is penetrating and audible. Van Kemenade gives his all when he squeezes the notes out of his saxophone: boppy, juicy, sometimes bluesy. In their joint improvisations Van Doorn and Van Kemenade meld together in one surrealistic instrument. Meanwhile, you barely notice that Van Vugt, as an unselfish wizard, takes care of bass, chord and melody parts. Which means he's doing his job well.

Hans Rooseboom, BN/De Stem 1-3-2002
The CD 'Uncovered' proves how a line up of three musicians manages to suggest much more - something only great talents are capable of and talent is something Vandoorn have in abundance. Hear the effortless virtuosity of Paul van Kemenade, who can disguise himself as Stan Getz, Charley Parker, Paul Desmond or John Coltrane. Hear Marc van Vugt in all sorts of guises (João Gilberto) on acoustic guitar. They play a fantastic up-tempo 'But Not For Me', for instance, with Marc van Vugt performing a driving bass part on guitar, sprinkling chords in between. And above it all the richly swinging alto sax of Paul van Kemenade. Completely complete! There is plenty of variety on this CD, including latin and brazil music (Ineke van Doorn sings Portuguese beautifully). An album you can't stop listening to. Good quality never grows stale.

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