These last couple of years I seemed to have submerged myself, though not 100% intentionally, in everything Ellington. I made a ‘modern Ellington’ album, which was produced by my husband, …
A note-worthy alliance of traditional jazz with the legendary electrified sounds of rock, R&B and funk, that is what the Jazz-fusion trio “On Impulse” stands for. Initiated in the Netherlands in 2010, this group quickly established a solid reputation in the Jazz-fusion scene for their infectious mix of jazz and the electrical sounds of the 70’s. It’s no wonder, since all three members already were–and are–playing with some of the world’s leading jazz and fusion musicians before teaming up as a trio.
One look at the ‘weapons of choice’ of this trio will already give an idea about the particular sound of “On Impulse”:
Fender Rhodes piano, and classic analog synth sounds go hand-in-hand with virtuosic playing on a quintessential jazz bass, played over singular drum grooves. Since their outset in 2010, the band has extensively paid their dues on the the road, touring with guests such as the USA trumpeter, Randy Brecker, UK-based saxophonist Nigel Hitchcock, and USA vocalist Deborah J. Carter.
The solid chemistry between the band members, plus their ability to create explosive, yet meaningful, music on the spot (hence the usage of “impulse” in the band name), commits to jazz-fusion in its purest form. Because of this, the band always chooses to record mostly in a ‘live studio setting’, permitting only minor overdubs. It’s the only way of truly capturing the spontaneity and synergy of ideas this band is capable of producing on the spot; high-energy jazzrock with clear nostalgic echoes of the past from these three contemporary torch-bearers of this art form.
On their CDs, “Ten Minutes In Paris”, “Round About Now”, and “Dernier Cru” there are several tracks with guest vocalist Deborah J. Carter who also contributed as lyricist.
Coen Molenaar – Hammond, Rhodes en keys
Frans Völlink – basgitaar
Sebastiaan Cornelissen – drums
Special guest: Deborah J. Carter – vocals