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The More Socially Relevant Jazz Music Ensemble

Amsterdam, Netherlands

The name is ambitious, but the gifted young Dutch guitarist Reinier Baas has recruited a line up of luminous musicians from his generation that could well live up to it. Their 2011 debut release brought the superlatives gushing from the Dutch music press, Volkskrant describing them as “the hippest and most exciting jazzband of the Netherlands". If free improvisation is the yin of Dutch jazz, then here is a band unmistakably from the yang, with self-assured grooves from bassist Sean Fasciani and drummer Mark Schilders stretched taut over Baas’ prolific writing, and two saxophonists straining at the leash in Ben Van Gelder and Maarten Hogenhuis.